College Club

College Club supports high school students, transfer students and current college students. A fulltime College Club advisor works with all students equipping them with the skills and knowledge needed to attend a higher institution. We offer academic, financial and health workshops, help with paperwork filing, sourcing scholarships and organizing trips to college campuses. By familiarizing students with campuses throughout California, we hope to broaden their options and support their highest aspirations.

There are five PSHH College Club sites: Canyon Creek (Paso Robles), Los Adobes de Maria I & II (Santa Maria), Mariposa Townhomes (Orcutt) and Riverview Townhomes (Guadalupe). Currently, our College Club supports approximately 150 members, all of whom are either former YEEP students and/or YEEP volunteers.

Youth Education and Enhancement Program (YEEP)

Currently 300 students receive services through our highly academic, on-site program. The after-school program, also known as “La Escuelita” to our residents, at nine 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 teacher 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 and zero teen pregnancies. Students are working full-time (11), going to community college (18), or still attending high school (18).

To learn more about our educators and their students view the YEEP program’s latest newsletter:

YEEP Winter Newsletter 2017

Summer Program 

San Luis Obispo/Santa Maria Area: Canyon Creek, Los Adobes de Maria II, Mariposa & Riverview: June 26-August 4: 11am-3pm

Santa Barbara Area: Casas de Las Flores, Dahlia Court, Ladera, St. Vincent's & Courtland Garden: June 19-August 4: 11am-3pm

San Luis Obispo County YEEP Locations

Canyon Creek Apartments, 400 Oak Hill Road, Paso Robles, CA 93446, (805) 729-7482;

Courtland Street Apartments, 150 S. Courtland Street, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420, (805) 440-6406;

Northern Santa Barbara County YEEP Locations 

Los Adobes de Maria II, 1148 W. Boone St., Santa Maria, CA 93458, (805) 729-0221;

Mariposa Townhomes, 290 Parkview South, Orcutt, CA 93455, (805) 729-7394;

Riverview Townhomes, 230 Calle Cesar Chavez, Guadalupe, CA 93455, (805) 729-7418;

Southern Santa Barbara County YEEP Locations 

Casas de Las Flores (CDLF YEEP) & Dahlia Court Apartments II: 1305 Dahlia Court, Carpinteria, CA 93013, (805) 729-7395;

Ladera Street Apartments, 322 Ladera Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101,

St. Vincent’s Garden, 4234 Pozzo Circle, Santa Barbara, CA 93110, (805) 335-4658;

Youth Literacy Program (YLP)

The Youth Literacy Program serves 250 resident students Kinder-12th grade at ninbe of our properties. Four days a week for 45 minutes students work independently, and with an educator, to improve grade level reading. Students use a web-based program, Reading Plus, and are also offered one-on-one tutoring. Educators monitor students’ progress weekly 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 continue to see these results every year and to have grade level readers continue to improve reading until they reach college grade level reading.

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 six months in the program.

The Working Neighborhoods Initiative (WNI)

Peoples’ Self-Help Housing, United Way and EconAlliance have designed the WNI, a broad-based collective impact collaboration, with ten regional partners, who provide literacy, workforce, STEM and life skills programs that target six low-income neighborhoods (five of which are Peoples’ Self-Help Housing Communities).

Working Neighborhoods Initiative partners include:
United Way NSBC, EconAlliance, Santa Barbara Country Resource & Referral, Allan Hancock College, Central Coast Literacy Council, Women’s Economic Ventures, Academic Scholar, Lompoc Co-Op, and AmeriCorps.

Program elements include projects in several different areas:
STARTSmart- onsite childcare provider licensing, business planning with ongoing parent support.
READSmart- onsite adult English language acquisition, adult literacy.
STEMSmart- onsite after-school robotics, 4th-8th grade and high school, Summer College Camp at Allan Hancock College and STEM Action Camp, onsite and at various employer locations.
WORKSmart- workforce readiness for neighborhood residents featuring onsite workshops on regional Industry & Career Awareness, regional Career & Education Resources, Employment Search, successful Applications and Job Interviewing. WORKSmart includes Job & Career assessments for adults engaged in 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 under served. 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, four 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 training.

Day Care Licensing Program

Peoples’ Self-Help Housing, Central Coast Literacy, Family Resource and Referral, EconAlliance and United way have joined forces to provide economic opportunities to stay-at-home moms who currently provide day care to other residents. The collaboration provides 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 daycare 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.