1st Tutoring Center in Santa Paula

Monday, December 8 was a landmark day for Project Understanding. We opened our first Tutoring Center in Santa Paula!

Maria Gonzalez, Tutoring Program Manager, had been working for months with Dr. Stephanie D’Augustine, at Santa Paula Medical Clinic West. On Monday they forged dreams into reality as they opened the Tutoring Center to provide free weekly tutoring for children Kindergarten-5th Grade. Together we will bend the arc of the future for these kids. Because the clinic is at 254 W. Harvard Blvd, this center is named Harvard Learning Center.

Many people came out for the grand opening, including (l to r): Gabby Flores–Tutoring Center Coordinator; Dr Stephanie D’Augustine–host of Tutoring Center; Maria Gonzalez–Tutoring Program Manager; Benjamin Unseth–Executive Director; Jenny Crosswhite–Santa Paula Councilmember. The lower pictures show families registering their children and students from Ventura College applying to volunteer as Tutors!

Virgil Nelson, early Executive Director of Project Understanding, grew up in Santa Paula. We have been serving Santa Paula residents with the Food Pantry and Tender Life Maternity Home. Finally, after almost forty years, Project Understanding is delighted to help people face to face, every week, in Santa Paula!

Thank you Dr. D’Augustine and your amazing staff at Santa Paula Medical Clinic West! How long will it be until the first student from Harvard Learning Center enrolls at Harvard University?