Mission: The mission of School on Wheels is to enhance educational opportunities for homeless children from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Our goal is to shrink the gaps in their education and provide them with the highest level of education possible.
Results: In 2010, School on Wheels achieved the following milestones:
Opened a new Learning Center in Skid Row, Los Angeles
Tutored 1,400 students
Recruited and trained 1,501 volunteer tutors
Provided 6,270 students with backpacks filled with school supplies
Distributed 454 school uniforms and 3,600 bus tokens
Awarded three scholarships
Target demographics: Homeless Children K-12th Grade
Direct beneficiaries per year: 6000 Homeless students throughout Southern California
Geographic areas served: Southern California
Programs: Our program serves as a consistent support system to homeless students at a time of great stress and fear. We bring the message to our students that they are cared about and important. We do this by offering:
One-on-one weekly tutoring with a volunteer
Backpacks, school supplies and school uniforms
A toll-free number for kids to keep in touch with us
Assistance in entering school
Help in locating lost records
Guidance for parents in educational matters for their children
A learning center located in the heart of Skid Row
Tutoring in seven major regions in Southern California, including Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Ventura counties.
As a teacher, I organized a fundraiser for the organization where we used the money to purchase backpacks and various supplies. My students were beyond thrilled when they researched the program! The staff was extremely grateful, helpful, and inspiring. We have continued the project yearly due to the mission of the program and the passion in the staff.
I used to volunteer with School on Wheels and now I'm a donor. This is an incredible organization with an impact that is immediately visible in the students and communities they work with. Their dedication, ingenuity and tireless commitment to helping homeless children get an education is nothing short of inspirational. I'm proud to have worked with them and will continue my support.