Become a Volunteer

We have learned that being a tutor to a homeless child doesn’t take a lot of time, but the impact is enormous – for both of you.

Our volunteers come from all backgrounds and professions with one goal: to make a positive difference in the life of a homeless student.

Be sure to read about our Volunteer Roles to find out more about the requirements, responsibilities, and qualifications.

Here are the easy steps to become a School on Wheels Volunteer:

  • Apply

Complete our brief application form. Click the button above to start.

Applicants between the ages of 12 and 15 must tutor alongside a parent or legal guardian and both the minor and the parent/guardian need to fill out applications.

  • Complete Online Orientation

You will receive a link to our Online Orientation once you submit your application. It lasts about an hour and for your convenience, you can watch the presentation anytime from anywhere and even take breaks and come back to it. You must complete the Orientation before you can move forward in our application process.

  • Attend a Follow-Up Tutor Training & Complete Live Scan

After completing the Online Orientation, your next step is to attend our Follow-Up Tutor Training which will focus on your role as a Tutor. Go to our Event Calendar to see our upcoming Follow-up Tutor Training dates and RSVP online.

We also require that all of our volunteers complete a Live Scan fingerprint background check. Please note that we will have Live Scan Service at all of our Follow-Up Tutor Trainings for $35.

  • Matching

Making the right student/tutor match is a very important step. As soon as you have completed the above requirements, your Regional Coordinator will call you for an informal interview. We will review your availability, location and grade preference as well as your reasons for volunteering and your commitment to our program. This is also a good time for you to discuss any further questions or concerns you may have. Upon completion of the interview, your Coordinator will work hard to find you the best student to be matched with and have you tutoring as soon as possible!

Children benefit most when they work with experienced volunteers. The longer you remain with our program, the more experience and training you gain to help enhance your tutoring sessions. We therefore ask that you make every effort to commit to volunteering for at least one year. We do understand however, that circumstances change and this isn’t always possible. If there are any circumstances that would prevent you from doing so, please contact School on Wheels if you have questions about the length of time that you can commit to volunteering.

If you have any questions about our application process, please read our FAQ’s.  If you would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact us: (213) 896-9200 or email Kyle McDonough, our Applications Coordinator: kmcdonough (at) schoolonwheels.org.

“Thank you for wanting to make a difference in the life of a homeless child. Nothing is more precious than your time which you are generously offering” – Agnes Stevens, Founder