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 2016 we tutored 3,450 homeless kids; increased our volunteer force to more than 2,200; raised over $2,200.000; re-designeded and updated our volunteer training; expanded our Digital learning program; relocated our resource centers; and, remodeled our Skid Row Learning Center.
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.
Josh lived in an abandoned house with his mom and sister. They had been homeless for many years. Josh shared his moms sneakers and wore them to school when he had PE. School on Wheels matched me as a tutor for Josh and i followed the family around and we met at libraries, donut shops and parks to get homework completed and to fill in the educational gaps Josh had from missed days of school. School on Wheels gave Josh his own shoes, a backpack filled with school supplies and helped him enrol in a soccer program. He is 23 now, training to be a mechanic and still loves soccer (and his mom). He has his own apartment. The photo is of me with Kevin Bacon who visited our center on skid row last week!