Education Program


Youth Education and Enhancement Program (YEEP)

Currently 300 students receive services through our highly academic, on site program.  The after school program at 9 sites, offers homework tutoring, support for parents through school engagement, enrichment programs, summer camps, intensive literacy programs and individual learning plans.  Educators maintain contact with parents, and teachers through daily interaction on site and through parent teacher conferences and email with teachers at each student’s school.  YEEP offers all of these services at home in our on-site learning centers.  Educators and parents become partners in the child’s education.  This creates a community of learners.

The statistics for our first cohort of YEEP students Kinder-8th grade (students we have followed for 10 years) show a 100% high school graduation rate, zero teen pregnancies.  Students are working full-time (11), going to community college (18), or still attending high school (18).  Two students have graduated from college and 10 are currently at four- year universities.  One student joined the army.

YOUth Literacy Program (YLP)

The YOUth Literacy Program (YLP) serves 250 resident students kinder-12th grade at nine of our properties.  Four days a week for 45 minutes, students work independently and with educators to improve grade level reading.  Using the web based program Reading Plus, students are also offered one on one tutoring. Educators monitor weekly progress and share findings with students, parents and teachers.

In the 2015-2016 academic year, 59 students participating in YLP went from 9% reading at grade level to 87% reading at or above grade level.  The goal of the program is to monitor these results annually and to have grade level readers continue to improve reading until they reach college grade level.

This academic year 2016-2017, 73% of new resident students in YLP are reading at or above grade level. This data was collected after only 6 months in the program.

College Club

College Club is an expansion of the Youth Education Enhancement Program (YEEP) and is aimed at high school students, transfer students and current college students. A full-time College Club adviser works with all students and parents.

The purpose of College Club is to equip students with the knowledge needed to attend a higher institution and to enhance the educational experience. In collaboration with other organizations, such as the Santa Barbara Scholarship Foundation, we offer academic, financial and health workshops. We also organize trips, which include visiting college campuses and other educational institutions. These trips familiarize students with campuses throughout California and broaden their options when selecting a school.

Through our workshops, activities and programs, our goal is to empower students, offer resources and broaden their perspective and outlook on higher education.

There are currently four Peoples’ Self Help Housing sites with a College Club. These sites include Los Adobes de Maria I & II (Santa Maria), Mariposa (Orcutt) and Riverview Townhomes (Guadalupe.) College Club has approximately 150 members all of whom are either former YEEP students and/or YEEP volunteers. 


The Working Neighborhoods Initiative

Peoples’ Self-Help Housing, United Way and EconAlliance have designed the Working Neighborhoods Initiative (WNI), a broad-based collective impact collaboration with ten regional partners.  WNI provides literacy, workforce, STEM and life skills programming targeting six low-income neighborhoods (five of which are Peoples’ Self-Help Housing communities).

Working Neighborhoods Initiative partners include:
United Way of Northern Santa Barbara County, EconAlliance, Santa Barbara County Resource & Referral, Allan Hancock Community College, Central Coast Literacy Council, Women’s Economic Ventures, Academic Scholar, Lompoc Co-Op, and AmeriCorps
Program elements include projects in the following areas:
STARTSmart - onsite child care provider licensing, business planning, and parent support
READSmart - onsite adult English language acquisition, adult literacy
STEMSmart - onsite after-school robotics for 4th grade through high school, summer college camp at Allan Hancock Community College and STEM Action Camp onsite and at employer locations.
WORKSmart - onsite workforce readiness for residents workshops in: Regional Industry & Career Awareness, Regional Career & Education Resources, employment search, application completion and interviewing skills. WORKSmart also includes job & career assessments for adults engaged in the WNI literacy program.
PROSPERITY!  features financial literacy, entrepreneurship and co-op business ownership workshops.

Adult Literacy and Workforce Readiness Program

The Adult Literacy and Workforce Readiness Program (ALWRP) is a collaborative effort with United Way of Northern Santa Barbara and EconAlliance. ALWRP serves 100+ affordable housing residents from families of low and extremely low income, some of whom reside in rural areas, all of whom can be classified as underserved. ALWRP addresses reading literacy for adults, as well as financial literacy, career awareness, job readiness and orientation to entrepreneurship. 

We focus on efforts to strengthen the positive impact made in community by reaching into currently under-served communities and collaborating with other organizations and stakeholders to deliver new and innovative services. 

As part of this project Peoples’ Self Help Housing provides literacy through the Power Readers program to all program participants by having Peoples' Self Help Housing classroom, staff and computer labs available M-Th 4 hours a day.  United Way provides Power Readers software licenses, and Power Readers training and program support services.  EconAlliance provides financial literacy workshops, coordinating with PSHH to attract participant attendance by adults and teens.  EconAlliance organizes career awareness forums featuring career opportunities/skill needs in regional industries, as well as introduction to workforce training resources and entrepreneurship possibilities in the community and beyond and job application/interview trainings. 

Day Care Licensing Program

Peoples’ Self Help Housing, Central Coast Literacy, Family Resource and Referral, Econ Alliance and United Way have joined forces to provide economic opportunities to stay at home moms currently providing day care to other residents by provide literacy, financial literacy, entrepreneurship training and in-home day care licensing to residents from our Los Adobes de Maria I and II farm worker apartments located in Santa Maria. Of the 110 units of farm workers and their families, 20 children are presently under the school age of five years old.

As licensed day care providers, residents can increase their income from $10/day per child to $35/day per child. They will be earning over three times as much as they earn now.  Residents will also be able to manage their “new” business with the skills they learn from our partnering agencies. This is a pilot program that we hope to expand as part of our Working Neighborhoods Initiative.