School on Wheels provides free tutoring & mentoring to children from kindergarten through twelfth grade living in shelters, motels, vehicles, group foster homes and on the streets in Southern California.

1 in every 20 children
in California does not have a home

Over 160,000 children
are homeless in the schools we serve

Homelessness has a devastating impact on children’s educational opportunities. Children experiencing homelessness are nine times more likely to repeat a grade and four times more likely to drop out of school entirely. 

Over the past 26 years, we have served more than 50,000 students experiencing homelessness

Every one of these kids has a story, a past, and a future. All have one thing in common—a School on Wheels volunteer tutor who used their precious time and caring to help them learn, encouraged them to dream, and in many ways changed both of their lives.


We train and match volunteers with our students and provide:

  • One-on-one weekly tutoring
  • School supplies
  • Assistance in entering school
  • Scholarships
  • Parental support
  • A learning center on Skid Row

We Need People Like You

Money or requested items. Simple, secure, and tax-deductible!

One hour a week. We provide training, support, and student matching.

Join our community and learn about ways you can help raise awareness about child homelessness.

Volunteer tutors are our wheels—reaching students in six counties in Southern California and covering a span of 2,500 square miles.


Support Us

We survive through donations of people like you, who believe that every child has potential.

“Making a connection with my tutor was the best thing that ever happened to me while being homeless, and since then I have maintained a constant relationship with them."

Angela Sanchez
School on Wheels alumni


Volunteer opportunities

  • One-on-one tutoring
  • Peer tutoring
  • Online tutoring
  • Group tutoring

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