The after school program also seeks to create new leaders and keep children and adolescents away from drugs.
“We strive to create a healthy life for this community’s children, improve their academic levels and mold young people who are more responsible,” said Broce.
The program is free and in some cases transportation is provided so that children can be taken directly from school to CPACS’s headquarters.
“In general we help them with all of their homework, but we also focus on tutoring in math and English,” said Keegan Leiba, director of the program and one of the after-school teachers.
In addition, the initiative offers classes for parents, who learn how to support their children from an academic standpoint.
“We have workshops, we speak with the parents and we explain that children who receive help at home are more successful,” said Kent Kim, also a member.
Although CPACS has an Asian foundation, its services are offered to anyone who needs them, said Kim.
This year 510 students are registered in the tutoring program.
For the parents one aspect that stands out is the improvement they have seen in their children’s academic performance.
“I didn’t go to school, so as much as I want to, I can’t help my son with his homework,” said Catalina Hernández.
María Pérez said that her son’s behavior and grades have improved.
“My son acted very spoiled at home, he didn’t want to do his chores, and he was unmotivated. This year though, since he has been in the program, not only has his behavior improved but his grades at school are good too,” said Pérez.
In addition to the after school services CPACS Star also offers summer camps for children through high school.