By Kimetha Hill
On Tuesday, January 14, Union Bank and the San Diego Public Library will host an open house introducing the community to the new Union Bank Homework Center. Library staff and bank executives will welcome students, parents and guests to the new facility in hopes of sparking community engagement. The new Homework Center features innovative resources available to students, and the open house aims to recruit volunteer homework coaches to assist in tutoring students.
The program kicks off with a welcome from Library Director Deborah Barrow and e3 Civic High Executive Director Dr. Helen Griffith. The open house will then break into two sessions which will instruct guests on how to effectively use the new homework center.
Throughout the afternoon, elementary, middle and high school students and guests are encouraged to tour the facility and attend the informative sessions on the homework center and other library resources – which will be taught by Teen Librarian Ady Huertas.
The library seeks caring and supportive volunteers to serve as “coaches” in the Homework Center to help students in grades K-12 complete their school assignments. All volunteers will be trained and must commit to a minimum of three hours coaching service per week. Additionally, a background check is required.
Union Bank is committed to supporting the communities it serves and proactively works to promote financial education to empower youth and young adults. The bank pledged more than $300,000 in support of the new Union Bank Homework Center, which has more than 20 computing devices, Internet access and other resources to help children complete their school assignments. The center is staffed seven days a week with a skilled coordinator.
The open house will be held at the San Diego Central Library at Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common at 330 Park Blvd. San Diego, CA 92101 from 1 – 5 p.m.