LOS ANGELES - The Boys and Girls Club of Hollywood is offering a safe space and academic support for families in need.
As students start the new school year online, some families simply do not have the space or face other obstacles that make it difficult to transform their homes into a classroom.
Other barriers include parents who are essential workers who do not have the availability to assist their children with homework or those who cannot help their kids due to a language barrier.
The Boys and Girls Club of Hollywood is offering a socially-distanced classroom for students as well as homework assistance, Emilse Gonzalez, the Director or Program Development for Boys and Girls Club of Hollywood said.
For many Hollywood families, parents are essential workers who cannot provide the academic support their children need for online learning.
"We provide the internet for them and in some cases, devices may not work so we provide devices for them to be able to do their schoolwork all day long," Gonzalez said.
Gonzalez also said the program is of great need and there has been a "tremendous response" from the community.
The program is free and there is a current waiting list as working parents in the area seek community support for their school-aged children.