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Neighborhood Homework House

Listing Last Update: February 28, 2017


777 East Alosta Blvd.
Our mission is to partner with parents of at risk Azusa students to provide the tools to thrive academically and socially.
Azusa, CA 91702

Primary Contact

Stephanie D'Avirro

(626) 969-7051 Ext:104

Educational services

  • To read and write better
  • To find a family literacy program
  • To help my child learn
  • To study for my high school equivalency exam
  • To learn English
  • To improve my math skills
  • To improve my technology skills

Instruction Type

  • Classroom
  • Computer
  • Instruction in Spanish

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Program Overview

Founded in 1997 by two educators who share a passion to mitigate the educational barriers facing impoverished children, Homework House began as a grassroots response to the critical needs of at-risk youth living in the distressed Ninth Street neighborhood known for drug trafficking
and gang violence. Since the beginning, Homework House has offered individualized educational support to equip students
to achieve their academic potential, and to mentor students throughout the process of preparing for and pursuing higher education, fulfilling careers and become contributing members of the community.

Each of the Homework House programs contributes
to the mission of providing at-risk youth with the tools to thrive academically and socially. Because research
demonstrates that parents powerfully impact school success when they are engaged in their children's education process, Homework House incorporates parent education into programming.

Mission Statement

The mission of Neighborhood Homework House is to partner with parents of at risk Azusa students to provide the tools to thrive academically and socially. This is accomplished by providing academic support and by cultivating mentoring relationships beginning with the preschool years through high school graduation, tooling youth to overcome poverty, pursue higher education, develop as productive members of society and achieve their dreams. Students participate throughout the year and are engaged with staff and mentors who are committed to their lifelong success.

Hours of operation: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Cost info: Neighborhood Homework House adult literacy services and youth tutoring and mentoring programs are free to low-income residents of the City of Azusa.

Student and Volunteer Success Stories

As a community-wide, volunteer-driven effort to improve the lives and prospects of low-income youth, our small professional staff of five is supplemented with the services of 16 college interns and over 440 volunteers, including 115 trained as tutors and mentors. Because of our outstanding Volunteer Management Program, we were awarded the 2014 Service Enterprise's Points of Light designation, which recognizes Homework House as an organization that uses volunteers on the highest level. Service Enterprise Corps conducted the in-depth Blue Ribbon diagnostic study, in partnership with LA Works, producing a Service Enterprise Diagnostic Report, which estimated the service value of our volunteers at $293,6ll.52!

The powerful impact of Homework House is vividly apparent in the stories of our many Homework House alums. One of our Homework House graduates recently wrote a letter sharing her Homework House story.Emily, who attended Homework House from 2nd Grade through high school graduation, witnessed her brother's murder as a nine year old as he walked Emily to the ice cream store to celebrate her good report card. Emily volunteered at Homework House, while she attended Azusa Pacific University on a full scholarship. Emily also served as the Homework House intern responsible for managing our Alumni Connections program.

Here are excerpts from Emily's letter: Growing up in Azusa, the "gangster" mentality consumed my neighborhood. When I was nine I witnessed seven bullets pierce through the chest of my brother. Watching Daniel, who was like a father to me, die in my arms was heartbreaking. After his death I went through a phase of rebellion. I grew angry and began to build a wall around myself. If it was not for Our Neighborhood Homework House, I really do not know where I would be. I have I have been attending Homework House since the second grade. It has played a significant role in keeping me off the streets. When I became a senior in high school I began to apply to colleges; acceptance letters quickly arrived and I felt very honored. Never in my wildest dreams did I believe that I would get accepted to so many great schools, but my first choice was Azusa Pacific University. APU began to impact my life at a young age through its involvement in the community. For years APU has provided tutors for Homework House, many of whom made an impact on me. I strive to do the same through the advancement of my education at APU.

In high school I began tutoring and mentoring a few of the Homework House younger students and I noticed that not only did they respect me, but they also looked up to me. When I was accepted to APU, the Homework House kids were so happy for me, which really touched my heart. Since then I have never missed the opportunity to tell them "I am you and you are me. If I did it, so can you." I remind them of those rough times I went through in Azusa, just like them, but I also went through the Homework House program and look where it got me!

I am the very first person in my family to leave the gangster mentality and reach a higher education. I am now able to be not only my parent's American Dream, but my whole family's too. I thank God every day for bringing a program like Neighborhood Homework House to my city. I can truly say if it wasn't for them, I truly don't know where I would be today, or where the future of these students would be without the opportunity to be a part of Homework House. The program gives us the liberty to dream big and helps these dreams become goals that we can achieve. There is no greater gift than this.

Program’s Demographics/Metrics

The youth served by Homework House are Azusa's economically and educationally at-risk preschool through twelfth grade students. At registration, parents must present documentation of income in order to enroll their children in Homework House programming. Homework House youth live in under-resourced neighborhoods permeated with gang ties and violence. The average annual per capita income of our clients is $5,000. In addition to the economic challenges and social faced by our clients, 93% come from Spanish-speaking only households in which parents have little formal education or literacy even in their first language, which makes it challenging to assist their children with their academic development.

All Homework House students are eligible for the free/reduced-price lunch program. Eighty percent (80%) of Homework House students are from households classified as extremely low-income; the remaining twenty percent (20%) are from households classified as low-income, based on federal guidelines established by U. S. Census Bureau. The ethnic composition of Homework House clientele is 99% Hispanic.

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