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Mission Statement

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. 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.


School on Wheels, Inc. is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1993 by Agnes Stevens, a retired teacher. After reading Jonathan Kozol’s Rachel and her Children, Agnes realized the extent of homelessness in the USA. She began tutoring homeless kids in a park in Santa Monica, encouraging them to stay in school and participate in school activities.

Today, hundreds of volunteers work one-on-one with children whose homelessness prevents them from receiving the academic stability and help they desperately need. The heart of the School on Wheels program is the volunteer tutors who come from all backgrounds and professions, with a shared goal - to reach out to a child, to teach, to mentor, and assist in their educational life. They are the "wheels" of our program, reducing barriers to a fulfilling education by traveling to our students in shelters, libraries and schools across Southern California.

School on Wheels makes a difference in the lives of homeless children by offering:

  • One-on-one weekly tutoring with a volunteer
  • Backpacks and school supplies
  • Assistance and support in entering school
  • Learning Center located in the heart of Skid Row, Downtown Los Angeles
  • Tutoring in six major regions in Southern California, including Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.




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Average Review 8 reviews

Would you recommend School on Wheels, Inc.?

by Natalia C. (May 12, 2016)
I would recommend this organization very much because i find such interest in helping out my, and any community of those especially in need
by Jorge M. from Fontana, CA (August 31, 2014)
I've been volunteering with this organization for about a month now, and I love it, sure it takes a while to receive a name badge, but I don't care, I'm not doing this for a name badge, I'm doing it to serve the community. If you're very uptight and follow the book by the book, then this isn't for you. It's hectic when the child moves away, and a new one appears, only to feel the same a few weeks later.
by Wendy N. (May 16, 2014)
Since last summer, I have been a School on Wheels volunteer. It's a wonderful opportunity to serve students, who are most in need. I believe in their mission and we are making a difference in the lives of the students we mentor and tutor.
by N. S. from Anaheim, CA (April 6, 2014)
I was a volunteer here for a couple of years. I will say that I believe in the organization's mission and it provides a great service to the most needed. I've experienced first hand the lives that they have touched through their work. That being said, I have had some bad experiences with staff here. It is a matter of being supported to do your work and treated with respect. As a volunteer you need certain things to do your job mostly supplies, and guidance on certain issues that may arise. I asked for these things and was downright ignored on many occasions. Upon bringing this up to upper management, again I found myself being ignored. I will say that as a volunteer you do this job not for any monetary benefit, but for the benefit of making a difference in someone's life. However, the Paid staff of a volunteer organization should do everything it can to see that their volunteers feel supported. Staff here are nice, but stick together and provide no accountability.
by Sinead C. (May 10, 2011)
Great volunteering opportunity. All training provided and students really need our help.
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