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Mission Statement

We are committed to the enhancement of educational opportunities for homeless children from kindergarten through twelfth grade.


Volunteering to tutor a homeless child with School on Wheels is only a one hour a week commitment and no teaching experience is needed. After completing the application process, you will be matched with a child or youth who lives in a local shelter, motel, foster group home or in the family car. You and your student meet weekly in a safe public location in your community. Or you can volunteer at our Learning Center downtown in LA with staff and other volunteers. Many children go to the Learning Center after school and throughout the summer. Volunteering with School on Wheels is an opportunity to give something significant to a child and in return gain meaning in your own life.

To learn more about School on Wheels and to apply to become a volunteer, please visit our website and complete the online application. You will have the opportunity to select times and days when you are available. You can also select an age of student to tutor and subjects you are comfortable tutoring . You will watch a one hour orientation online at your convenience at home; then, you will attend a three hour training with other applicants to learn about working with students and our program. Different training dates, times and locations are available throughout Los Angeles every month. Before tutoring, applicants also complete a background check which includes two references and a livescan (fingerprinting) . This is available at most of the training events for the cost of $35. A scholarship may be available.

After you are trained and begin tutoring your student, you will have continuing support from the Regional Coordinator in your area and regular opportunities to participate in workshops. We also have events for tutors to enjoy one another's company.




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Average Review 18 reviews

Would you recommend School on Wheels?

by Jennifer M. (August 10, 2018)
It seems like a very put together organization & I’m exited to volunteer & help people out (:
by Enrique A. (November 17, 2017)
Looking forward to complete a school project with my friends on helping tutor younger kids, I hope to be able to get the most out of this experience with them as well because we want to be able to set a good example for our younger siblings.
by Jessi T. (May 8, 2017)
I have been volunteering with School on Wheels for about 7 months and have really enjoyed the whole experience. Personally, it's been very gratifying getting to work with students in so much need, but also from an organizational standpoint I've really appreciated the communication and support from the tutor coordinator. Would highly recommend this as a volunteer opportunity, especially for busy people since you could do just 1 hour a week and really make a difference. I plan to continue volunteering with them as long as I live here and am able :)
by Elvia M. from Los Angeles, CA (November 14, 2016)
Had a great experience tutoring and helping children with their homework. School On Wheels works with your schedule and believe me there is always a child that need your support.
by N. S. from Anaheim, CA (March 17, 2017)
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.
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