Twilight Education Project
At 5:30 p.m., in low-income neighborhoods of Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley and Westminster, English Language Learner families board yellow school buses that will take them to a better life. These families are headed for the Twilight Education Project on the campus of Golden West College, where they learn the language and life skills that they need to succeed. A program of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley, the Twilight Education Project removes the typical barriers to services: it's FREE, takes place after work hours and provides transportation and child care. Last year, over 425 children and adults learned side by side in the program's supportive atmosphere.
Three nights a week, school-age children receive tutoring in English literacy, homework help and computer lab access. Their toddler siblings participate in the Club's nationally accredited preschool program, which also focuses on English literacy. Just a few feet away, parents learn Community Based English, a curriculum that helps them gain proficiency in speaking and reading language associated with safety, medical care, transportation and work.
"Because of language and cultural barriers, like being hesitant to go to their child's school and talk to a teacher, parents don't know how to support their children in this new culture," explains Tanya Hoxsie, Chief Executive Officer of Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley. "We give them tools to help their children and resources to help the family succeed in their new community."
YOU CAN HELP by volunteering as a school-age tutor or spreading the word with these flyers in English, Spanish, Vietnamese and Arabic. For more information about the program or about how to get involved, please email Twilight Interim Program Director Lucia Martin or call her at (714) 842-5185, ext.211.
Community Partners: Huntington Beach Adult School, Huntington Beach City School District, Fountain Valley School District, Golden West College, and Ocean View School District.
Supporters of the Twilight Education Project include the Orange County Transportation Authority, Surf City Rotary Club of Huntington Beach, the Haynes Fund, the Therese Plunkett Foundation, the Wells Fargo Foundation and Second Harvest Food Bank's Kids Cafe program.
Notification of Title VI Protection
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 provides that "no person in the United States shall, on the grounds of race, color or nation of origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance."
Any person who believes that he or she, individually, or as a member of any specific class of persons, has been subjected to discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin or other protected-class interests may file a written complaint with Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley, the FTA or the Secretary of Transportation. BGCHV will notify and provide a copy of all complaints to the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) Office of Civil Rights for review. Further, Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley prohibits intimidation, coercion, or engagement in other discriminatory conduct against anyone because he or she has filed a complaint to secure rights protected by Title VI.
Title VI Complaint Procedure and Form: