• Kylie, one of our Tutors of the Month

    "I love School on Wheels because there's nothing better than working with wonderful students and watching them succeed."

    Skid Row Learning Center - Kylie Banks. Since July 26th, 2014, Saturday mornings at the Skid Row Learning Center are full of laughs and giggles thanks to the amazing energy brought by Ms. Kylie Banks! Students do not always get a full night's sleep at the shelter which can lead to morning grumpiness. Once the kids see Ms. Kylie, they immediately cheer up. Kylie greets each student and her fellow volunteers with a wide smile…

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  • Sabra, one of our Tutors of the Month

    "I've had so much fun getting to know my students, and tutoring my current student, Lynette, has been so rewarding for both of us."

    Region 10 – South Orange County: Sabra Morris. Sabra just celebrated her first year anniversary with School on Wheels. She genuinely cares about each and every one of her students and goes the extra mile to make them feel special. Her students’ faces light up when I ask them about tutoring and they really look up to her as a role model. We are so thankful for her dedication to our students and to School…

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  • Amanda, one of our Tutors of the Month

    "My student just wants to do his best and make us proud."

    Region 2 – South LA - Amanda Daoud. Amanda made a video describing her tutoring experience with School on Wheels. In the video, Amanda describes how Damian used to throw temper tantrums at the very beginning of their tutoring sessions. After a few weeks, Amanda says he now wants to do his best and make her proud. Skid Row Learning Center - Christine “Chris” Goodman. In April 2014, a mother/son tutoring duo joined our team.…

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  • TJ, one of our Tutors of the Month

    "School On Wheels provides the perfect atmosphere for tutors and tutees to concentrate on the lessons."

    Region 10 – South Orange County - Tsuyoshi Johnson. TJ started tutoring with School on Wheels in May of this year. He tutors with the Teen Math program at one of our shelters in Santa Ana. He has the patience of a saint, and he is amazing working with the teens. Not only is he an outstanding tutor, but he is always happy to help in other ways. He has taken the lead in helping…

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  • Tyler, one of our Tutors of the Month

    "My only regret was that I did not pursue tutoring with School On Wheels sooner!"

    Region 5 – Hollywood, Silver Lake, Highland Park - Tyler Edmonston. This month we would like to honor Tyler Edmonston for being an outstanding tutor to his student. Tyler not only takes the time to tutor his student, but he really does goes the extra mile to personalize his tutoring sessions to her needs. In his own words: When I first heard of School On Wheels, I was truly in awe of the positivity the…

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  • Liz Reznak, School on Wheels Tutor of the Month

    "I’ve always had a passion for education; working with our students and seeing them progress helps me to keep it alive."

    Region 1 – East LA to Pasadena - Liz Reznak. Liz has been an amazing School on Wheels tutor for ten months. Her creativity and passion for teaching have made learning fun for the students. Here is what Liz has to say about her experience as a tutor: In 2014, I decided to join School on Wheels through the volunteer program at my work. I was encouraged by my best friend Matt Haze who has…

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  • Samantha Montes De Oca, Tutor of the Month

    "Becoming a tutor for School on Wheels was the best decision I ever made."

    Region 7 – San Fernando Valley - Samantha Montes De Oca. I am 17 years old and currently a high school senior. One day I was searching different volunteer opportunities in my community when I stumbled upon the School on Wheels website. I knew right away that being a tutor for a homeless child was something I really wanted to do. Now that I am tutoring, my student Hailey and I meet every Wednesday; honestly,…

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Last year we had the privilege of working with 2,219 volunteers and tutoring 3,491 homeless children! But every year, the number of homeless children grows. We need your help.

We ask for a one year commitment from our tutors. The longer you remain with our program, the more experience and training you gain to help your student. We do understand, however, that this isn’t always possible. Please contact School on Wheels if you have questions about the length of time that you can commit to volunteering.

Please view our location map to see where we provide in-person volunteer opportunities.  If you live outside of our current tutoring locations, please consider becoming an online tutor; and from the comfort of your own home, you can help a homeless child in need.

1

Apply

For all volunteer opportunities, please watch the 2-minute video overview of our requirements, linked below. After this mandatory step, you will be directed to the volunteer application.

2

Online Orientation and Interview

Once you have applied, we will send you a link to our 45-minute orientation. You will then be contacted for a brief phone interview.

3

Introductory Training & LiveScan

After your orientation, we will invite you to register for a training. All volunteers must also complete a Live Scan fingerprint background check, available onsite at the training for $35.

4

Student Matching

After completing steps 1, 2 & 3, your coordinator will review your tutoring preferences and will carefully match you with a student.

5

Advanced Training

After you have tutored for three months, you will be asked to attend a mandatory Advanced Training to hone your tutoring skills


Ways You Can Volunteer

Tutor

Volunteer tutors are positive role models who provide consistency and educational assistance to a homeless child through weekly one-on-one tutoring.

Expectations

• Log all your tutoring hours weekly via our online tracking system
• Notify School on Wheels when your student needs a backpack, school supplies, uniforms or books
• Maintain an open line of communications with your student’s parents, teacher and School on Wheels Coordinator
• Exemplify School on Wheels’ values, ethics and integrity

Environment

• Volunteer tutors work one-on-one with students and meet in a public place such as a library, after school club, shelter, group foster home, or school site
• Volunteer tutors may be part of a group, tutoring and interacting with several other tutors and students
• Online tutors work one-on-one with a student from the comfort of their own home or office
• Tutoring may take place indoors or outdoors. Not all tutoring locations are ideal; flexibility is the key

Tutor with your family

Support your children in their school’s community service requirement. Young people (ages 12 – 15) may tutor with an adult family member or guardian.

Expectations

• Same as Tutor expectations
• Applicants between the ages of 12 and 15 must submit an additional application from a parent or legal guardian
• Young people must be accompanied by an adult for tutoring sessions
• Confidentiality is important; we ask that your child(ren) respect the unique circumstances of their student

Environment

• Volunteer tutors work one-on-one with students and meet in a public place such as a library, after school club, shelter, group foster home, or school site
• Volunteer tutors may be a part of group tutoring, interacting with several other tutors and students
• Tutoring may take place indoors or outdoors. Not all tutoring locations are ideal; flexibility is the key

Peer Tutoring

If you are 16 to 18 years of age, and need to complete community service hours in order to graduate, become a peer tutor.

Expectations

• Same as Tutor expectations
• Peer tutors must be working towards high school graduation, with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher
• One of your references must be a current teacher (please let them know to expect our email)
• Peer tutors will be matched with students who attend elementary or middle school, whichever you feel more comfortable tutoring

Environment

• Volunteer tutors work one-on-one with students and meet in a public place such as a library, after school club, shelter, group foster home, or school site or
• Volunteer tutors may be a part of group tutoring, interacting with several other tutors and students
• Tutoring may take place indoors or outdoors. Not all tutoring locations are ideal; flexibility is the key

Tutor Coordinator

The role of the Tutor Coordinator is to provide ongoing support to homeless students by matching them with volunteer tutors and serving as the liaison between the tutors, the shelter/location, and School on Wheels.

Expectations

• 18 years old and have a high school diploma
• Minimum of three months experience as a School on Wheels tutor
• Match children with tutors in a timely manner
• Ensure that all parties (shelter staff, students, tutors, and School on Wheels) know the days and times of tutoring assignments
• Maintain database of tutor and student information
• Support and encourage volunteer tutors with a minimum of two hours weekly to communicate with tutors
• At least two weekly visits to assigned location

Environment

• Tutor coordinators will be assigned to a location and volunteers to oversee
• You may work as part of a team and share responsibilitesfrom the comfort of home


Other Volunteering Opportunities

Intern – We love Interns! Are you available for a few hours a week to help our office staff with administrative tasks?

AmeriCorps - We have ongoing AmeriCorps VISTA full-time one-year positions available. Please visit the AmeriCorps section on our website for info.

Computers/Technology – If you would like to help at one of our learning centers, our computers always need attention and love.

Canvassing - Help spread the word about School on Wheels and attract more volunteer tutors. We provide you or your group with fliers and posters so that you can canvas your local area with information about School on Wheels.

Host a Recruiting Event – Set up a table with information about School on Wheels at your place of work or a local store/location.

Host a Backpack Drive – Set up a backpack or school supply drive at your place of work or at an event. We can provide you with all the materials you will need.

If you have additional skills such as fundraising, public speaking, event planning, technology, workshop facilitation, etc. we would love to hear from you.

To inquire about these opportunities, please email volunteers [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