There are about 283 students enrolled in Encina Preparatory High School’s ASSETS program. Every day after school, these students can work on homework, school projects or recover missed credits. The 14-year-old After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens program also offers interactive clubs lead by adult staff exploring a variety of subjects such as robotics, cosmetology, weightlifting and cooking. Students are referred to ASSETS by administrators, teachers or parents. Students can also enroll themselves at no cost. Encina is one of just two high schools in the San Juan Unified School District offering ASSETS.
ASSETS Site Coordinator Nancy Miranda emphasizes the “safety” aspect of the program. She says, “A lot of our students don’t go home or don’t have a safe or supportive home to go to after school. So having that extension after school is good for them."