Children Services

The purpose of the children’s programs, conducted on-site at four of Many Mansions’ properties, is to provide educational and life enriching activities to keep the resident youth engaged and supported in their schooling. It also helps develop their self-esteem, interpersonal relationships and their sense of pride and achievement. The prevailing goal of these programs is to ‘break the cycle of poverty’ giving them hope for a brighter future and a sense of responsibility within their community. By providing resources not available, the children are given opportunities they need to grow and succeed in their education, career, and life. All programs are offered free of charge to residents.

The Homework Tutoring Club (HTC) is an afterschool tutoring program that provides an educational environment in which children have one-on-one tutoring and homework assistance every school night for three hours. Staff and community volunteers provide the tutoring, computer and Internet access, computer educational programs, and an extensive reading library.

Camp Many Mansions is a fun and educational seven week camp experience for resident children. Activities include arts & crafts, group activities, swimming, sports, math, science, reading, and weekly field trips.

The Friday Activities Club (FAC) is an enrichment program promoting science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) activities. This program is also intended to teach the children to be role models and leaders in their community. This program meets three Fridays of the month and organizes activities such as fieldtrips and trainings that are fun and educational, providing experiences the children would not otherwise have the ability to participate in.

Book Bonanza is an activity for residents 5 years old to 11 years old where volunteers read vibrant children’s books, followed by a serious of
questions and a project in relevance to that book. Thus helping with reading and comprehension.

The Many Mansions Career Preparation Program (MMCPP) provides teens with workshops on resume writing, dress for success, careers, college, and community service. The special  Sin Limitaciones portion of the program provides information on college education options, admission and financial aid. This program meets three Fridays of the month.

Girl Talk is a specialized program for our resident teen females. Meeting to express
the greatness of self love, life budgeting, health and fitness. They’ve gone to the wonderful iMatter conferences, learned yoga for stress relief and enjoyed rock climbing.

Youth Advisory Board is a program designed by our teens, to give back to
their community. Devising creative community service projects to help others.

The School Liaisons/School Supplies programs provides all of Many Mansions’ resident children and young adults with new school backpacks and school supplies at the beginning of every school year. The liaison program also helps to provide school support throughout the year by engaging with children’s teachers at the local schools, especially to those of our children coming from homelessness.

Holiday Gift Program provides every child a gift during the holiday season. Generous donors adopt a child’s wishlist and give the gift of joy each year by helping ensure all children receive gifts during the holidays.

 Volunteers play an integral part in all of our programs by generously giving of their time to tutor children, plan and lead activities, oversee crafts and games, speak on special topics, and much more.

Children’s Services is an essential element in our efforts to break the cycle of poverty and provide Many Mansions’ resident children with an enriching environment to help them be successful later in life. If you would like to learn more about Children’s Services, please contact Coreen Ellrott, Director of Services at (805) 601-5368 or