The Junior League of Los Angeles (JLLA) has partnered with School on Wheels on a project for 2018-19 to revitalize our “Believe, Understand, and Succeed” (BUS) program. As some of you may know, the BUS Program is an online mentoring and academic program meant to ensure student success both in and after high school. Broadly speaking, these lessons seek to foster educational success and provide guidance with education/career services for our high-school aged students who are experiencing homelessness.
This past year JLLA’s dedicated committee of 11 trained volunteers hosted four workshops at group homes belonging to The Dream Catcher Foundation, Inc. in downtown Los Angeles. They plan to host three new workshops in the spring of 2019, as well as hosting a campus tour for the young women. As of yet, the favorite training topics have been on emotional intelligence and conflict resolution! Sessions have included lots of fun icebreakers and group activities to aid discussion and the learning process. One particular highlight was an activity around positive reinforcement and complimenting others; needless to say, everyone was engaged and smiling!
Over 70 students celebrated Halloween and trick-or-treated thanks to support from the LAPD, Downtown L.A Industrial District BID, our amazing volunteers, Hulu for their donation of trick or treat bags and goodies, everyone who donated costumes and candy, and our very own Allison Maldonado.
On Sunday, October 28, in the 5:30 AM early morning mist, students from all over Southern California began pouring into Dockweiler Beach for the annual Students Run Los Angeles (SRLA) Beachcomber 10K. This year, SRLA selected School on Wheels, Inc. as an official nonprofit partner for the SRLA Cares “Every Penny Counts” initiative.
At the event, members of our staff along with volunteer tutors, Natalie Platon, and Sam Hiatt connected with some of the 3000+ students and families and shared information about our program and about the students we serve. Staff members Ian, Angie, Ryan, and Natalie even got to run the 10K alongside the students and families! Thank you, SRLA, for inviting us to share our mission with your students and families and for selecting us as a recipient of the SRLA Cares initiative. For more photos of the event check out their website.
Thanks so much to the over 220 guests who helped us celebrate our 25th Anniversary at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center on September 16. If you attended, be sure to tag yourself in the photos! A special thanks goes out to all our amazing sponsors: Aspect, Calamigos, Comerica Bank, ECMC Foundation, Epic Summit, Gallant, Alexandria, The Neiman Group, Paradise Cove Beach Cafe, Principal Communications Group, Sheppard Mullin, and Property Management Associates. It was such a lovely event, filled with good friends, a lively silent auction and an outpouring of compassion and goodwill towards our students experiencing homelessness. With your help, we raised over $75,000 for our program.
Mayor Garcetti shared his well wishes with us as well: