School on Wheels is extremely honored to be the recipient of many prestigious awards. We have listed some of them below and accept them in the name of homeless children everywhere.



Guinness World Record 2013

School on Wheels beat the world record for the longest line of backpacks. With help from volunteers, military personnel, and Pepperdine Students we lined up over 2,700 backpacks.


Service Provider of the Year 2013

Villages at Cabrillo recognized School on Wheels as the Service Provider of the Year 2013


County of Los Angeles Award of Excellence 2013

A commendation in the field of education was presented to School on Wheels by YWCA San Gabriel Valley.


City of Malibu Commendation 2013

The Malibu City Council congratulates School on Wheels on its twentieth anniversary and thanks their volunteers for continuing to offer homeless children in Southern California the support and assistance necessary to ensure they have access to the educational opportunities every child deserves.



California Legislature Assembly Certificate of Recognition 2013

This Certificate of Recognition from the California Legislature Assembly was presented to Catherine Meek, Executive Director of School on Wheels, for over 500 hours of volunteer service.

Catherine MeekL’Oreal Women of Worth 2012L’Oreal Paris’ Women of Worth Awards honored Catherine Meek for her work with a $10,000 donation to School On Wheels in December 2012.


Daily Point of Light Award 2012

Catherine Meek, Executive Director of School on Wheels is presented with the Daily Points of Light Award which honors groups and individuals creating meaningful change in communities across America.

Staff members Linda Huddle and Yadira Melgoza Presenting Catherine Meek with her Gold Presidential Service Award


Presidential Service Awards 2011

Established in 2003 to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers make in their communities, multiple School on Wheels volunteers and members of the School on Wheels team have earned this prestigious award. Including our Executive Director Catherine Meek (center) who has received the Gold Presidential Service Award twice. To see the list of all our 2011 School on Wheels recipients you can click here.

2009 Minerva Award Winners from left to right: Helen Waukazoo, Dr. Kathy Hull, Agnes Stevens and Dr. Jane Goodall

Minerva Award 2009

The Minerva Award has become the country’s most prestigious award given to women “who serve on the front-lines of humanity.” Agnes Stevens, founder of School on Wheels and 2009 Minerva Award recipient, definitely fits this description.

2009 LA Weekly Person of the Year, Agnes Stevens

LA Weekly Person of the Year 2009

According to LA Weekly, School on Wheels is “a tiny bright light in the decidedly dark universe of a childhood on Skid Row”. Congratulations to our founder, Agnes Stevens!

HRM Queen Silvia of Sweden and the prize laureates.

World’s Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child 2008

Agnes Stevens’ 20 year fight on behalf of homeless children was recognized in 2008, when she became one of three women to receive this special honor. Known as the children’s “Nobel Prize,” winners are chosen by a global vote from a pool of 17 million children in 37,000 schools in 92 countries. It is the world’s most prestigious prize for defenders of children.

Agnes Stevens and the Good News Foundation

Good News Foundation Award 2007

Dedicated to making a meaningful difference in the lives of people in need and at risk in Los Angeles, the Good News Foundation recognized School on Wheels for our work in the community.

Oprah’s Angel Network

Designed to provide children with safe schools, books, and uniforms, School on Wheels became part of Oprah’s Angel Network.

Other Notable Honors

  • Children’s Freedom Award
  • Hero’s Award
  • Courage Award
  • Cool Women Award
  • Citizen of the Year Award
  • Award of Service
  • Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Award
  • Certificate of Appreciation, City of Los Angeles
  • Recognition from California
  • Certificate of Appreciation, New Rochelle, NY
  • Hall of Fame, New York