People’s Self-Help Housing Education Program reporting improved • Atascadero News
The 2020-21 school years show a 74% increase in student scores
CENTRAL CTE – People’s Self-Help Housing (PSHH) Camino Scholars Program has released its year-end data showing student grades and skill-based improvements over the past school year.
The report reflects a significant increase in final marks in all subjects. At the start of the school year, only 35 percent of students enrolled in the program were reading at grade level, and 32 percent were at least two levels behind in reading. At the end of the school year, 61 percent of students are now reading at their grade level or above, and only 13 percent need more help. Overall, the program saw a 74% increase in student scores compared to the start of the academic year.
“When schools were closed due to the pandemic, we continued to work with students and took what would have been a bad situation and turned it into something positive leading to growth for the program and our students. despite COVID, ”said PSHH education director Joanna Dominguez. “For nearly two decades, we have provided a wide range of on-site services, filling the gap in opportunity and supporting educational dreams. COVID has caused us to continue to provide this in more creative ways. “
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Camino Scholars, PSHH’s nationally recognized education program, served hundreds of students last year using a blended learning program. Students benefited from small learning cohorts, supported by in-person instruction tailored to their individual needs, offered at specially developed academic support centers. PSHH educators provide free programs and services to students throughout the year, including all school vacations. By developing numerous partnerships with local school districts, access has been broadened to include students not living on PSHH properties.
Under ordinary circumstances, Camino Scholars serve over 600 students per year at its 11 on-site learning centers, located in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties. The program also helps prepare students for college with application assistance, financial aid navigation, career exploration workshops, campus tours, and mentoring. This relationship continues until graduation; the program has just seen its first doctoral student.
To learn more about Camino Fellows, visit pshhc.org/education.
About self-help housing for people (PSHH)
Founded in 1970, PSHH is the oldest non-profit affordable housing organization on the Central Coast.
With a mission to build homes and provide services to strengthen communities and change lives, PSHH serves low-income households, working families, the elderly, veterans, farm workers, people with disabilities and the former homeless. It also provides homeownership opportunities through a self-help and “sweat equity” program that has seen over 1,200 homes successfully completed.
PSHH is present in the counties of San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura and Monterey, manages more than 2,000 rental units and employs more than 200 people.
PSHH recognizes the indigenous peoples of the organization’s territories, including the Chumash, Salinan, Yokuts, Kitanemuk and Tataviam peoples.
To read the full land reconnaissance, visit pshhc.org/IDEA. For more information about the organization, visit pshhc.org, email [email protected] or call (805) 781-3088.