Month: November 2016

Nov 30

There are 63,000 homeless youths in L.A. County. These are the children of skid row

(Click on the image above to view the video from LA Times)

“These are the children of skid row — black, white, Latino. They have pink and red Adidas sneakers or thumbs in their mouths or studs that glint like diamonds in their ears or the first hint of hair above their lips. They’re sisters and friends who profess their love for each other, who like listening to music when they study, who talk in class without raising their hands.

“They could be any kids.”

Read the entire article from LA Times…

Nov 18

Tutoring Solutions: Advice and Tips to Suit your Student’s Needs #5

This workshop serves as a question and answer session for tutors seeking assistance in helping their student. Allison covers some highly requested topics including solutions to common behavior issues, resources for creative curriculum, tips to deal with the pressure of achieving goals within the grading periods, and strategies in special education.

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About the Presenter: Allison Maldonado, Skid Row Learning Center Regional Coordinator, began her teaching career as a community college mentor for non-traditional students such as single mothers, first-generation college students and disabled persons. After graduating from UCLA with a degree in English Literature and Composition, Allison worked as a Special Education teacher for five years. As a teacher, Allison worked with students living with Autism, emotional disturbance, learning disabilities, speech and language impairment and various other disabilities.

Nov 7

Actor Kevin Bacon Pays Surprise Visit To Kids At Skid Row Tutoring Center

(Click on the image above to view the video from CBS Los Angeles)

LOS ANGELES ( — Dozens of children and volunteers received quite the surprise Saturday while attending a student appreciation party at the School on Wheels’ Skid Row Learning Center in downtown Los Angeles.

Bacon — who launched the non-profit Six Degrees to recognize organizations that are making a positive impact in the community — surprised more than 60 undeserved children during the party.

School on Wheels is a local non-profit organization that provides academic assistance to homeless children from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Their mission is to shrink the gaps in education and provide homeless children with the highest level of education possible.

In 2015, the program served nearly 4,000 students and has more than 2,200 volunteers.

Nov 2

Tutor Anniversaries November 2016

We would like to give a huge shout out to all of these amazing tutors who have volunteered with us for a year or more! We couldn’t impact the lives of thousands of children without you.

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” – Aesop

Five Years
Kyle McDonough
Alana Johnston

Four Years
Margie Johnson
Kate McNeil

Three Years
Christopher Bors
Susan Core
Jasmin Salas
Sarah Lilley
Richard Helms

Two Years
Sasana Kachirsky
Jonathan Simmons
Ashley McGuinness
Carlos Lens
Joel Safranek
Clinton Vocke
Eileen Vocke
Paris Shepherd
Sevil Kilic

One Year
Nilay Shah
Heather Hemmens
Mari Santos
Sai Belaganti
Tolulope Popoola
Casey Richards
Clara Pitsker
Joby Levit
Steve Levit
Susan Edelman
Janki Patel
Virginia Olson
JoEllen Redlingshafer
Mona Tse
Valentina Villani
Seireth Jawaid
Marcy Anderson
Rhiannon Mackay
Yoon Jin Park
Fatima Penaloza
Megan Sullivan
Valerie Dawson
Andrew Alvarado
Heesham Naji
Nancy Okamoto
Ramita Sawhney
Gabriela Marino
Kathleen Olinger
Maisy Menzies
Ashley Chavez

Nov 1

Students of the Month – November 2016

Skid Row Learning Center:

Andrea, School on Wheels Student of the Month

Andrea (5th Grade) is an avid reader, choir member, exemplary student, and appointed “Digital Learning Center Captain”. Leading by example, Andrea always completes her work before helping other students. She is a joy to work with and we appreciate her hard work and dedication.


Region 6 – Inland Empire:

Jenna, School on Wheels Student of the Month

Jenna (2nd Grade) – “Right away, I realized what a special student Jenna was. She is exceptionally talented, both artistically and mathematically. Despite missing some schooling, Jenna took it upon herself to keep learning by downloading educational games and practicing her skills on her own. Her improvement and success as a student is due to her love and thirst for knowledge. I love how she comes to our sessions ready to learn with a positive and open mind!” – Michelle Chebeir, Tutor


Region 9 – Santa Barbara:

Ariana, School on Wheels Student of the Month

Ariana (4th Grade) – “On our first tutoring session, I asked Ariana what her favorite day of the week was. She answered, ‘Tuesday – because that’s the day that you come.’ Hearing this sweet answer got me already excited to work with her. Ariana really likes school, spending time with her family, and visiting her extended family in Mexico. She also enjoys playing tag, riding to the beach on her bicycle, and going to the mall. Her favorite subject in school is Math.” – Claudia Gack, Tutor


Region 10 – South Orange County:

Julian, School on Wheels Student of the Month

Julian (4th Grade) – “My student is really smart and loves school. We share a love of science, studying the weather and geology, and even the requirements of what it takes to be an engineer.” – Deb Woods, Tutor



Region 12 – North Orange County:

Phillip, School on Wheels Student of the Month

Phillip (7th Grade) – “I have seen nothing but positive growth in this intelligent young man. He comes not only prepared to learn, but eager as well. His exceptional effort has been well-documented and recognized during each of our tutoring sessions. Phillip has a very bright future if he keeps working hard, and I firmly believe he is well-equipped to go above and beyond to achieve whatever stands in his way.” – Richard Vela, Tutor


Online Tutoring:

Nick, School on Wheels Student of the Month

Nick (9th Grade) – “Nick showed curiosity at first, but would get easily distracted. There were more than a few times when he was frustrated and I was worried he’d give up, but he’s demonstrated persistence and has completed each project we’ve tackled. We use Khan Academy to work on coding and computer science and he gets so excited when he figures things out. Once, when a passerby asked what he was doing, he said, “I’m hacking.” I loved it!” – Tomer Gurantz – Online Tutor

Nov 1

Tutors of the Month – November 2016

Region 2 – South LA:

Aliyah Souder has been a volunteer with School on Wheels since 2012. Aliyah made a video describing her experience tutoring Coreyon and his passion for learning.

Region 6 – Inland Empire:

Michelle Chebeir, School on Wheels Tutor of the Month

Michelle Chebeir – “Growing up with a hearing disability, I had the experience of learning with obstacles. I understand how a little support can go a long way. I volunteer as a tutor because I want to provide that support and encouragement to my students. I’ve had so much fun getting to know and tutoring my current student, Jenna! Her love for art makes our tutoring sessions very colorful!”


Region 9 – Santa Barbara:

Claudia Gack, School on Wheels Tutor of the Month

Claudia Gack – “I have been a tutor for two years, in the first months I was really excited and enthusiastic but I didn’t see much progress and did lose a little motivation. I stuck through it and am so glad I did. I see that Ariana improved a lot and that’s what really matters. As a tutor it is important to understand that continuous support is the biggest gift we can give our students. Even if it is tough and there is no instant reward – the long-term results are incredibly rewarding.”


Region 10 – South Orange County:

Deborah Woods Meyers, School on Wheels Tutor of the Month

Deborah Woods Meyers – “Working with my student had been fun and educational. Not only do you get to see your student grow but you get to see a family really rebuilding their lives and growing too. Sometimes I think I learn more than my student. Fortunately, my kid is in a stable home now. He is blessed with a mom who works hard to help her children overcome the difficulties they have been through. If you been thinking about this, VOLUNTEER! Just an hour a week can truly make a difference.”


Region 12 – North Orange County:

Richard Vela, School on Wheels Tutor of the Month

Richard Vela – “My experience with School on Wheels has been a truly wonderful experience. As a young man working at School on Wheels, my goal is to show that success can be achievable through hard work and dedication, no matter what situation, and no matter what circumstance. I have learned through my own experiences that mentorship can be a powerful tool, and I intend on helping the best I can as a volunteer with School on Wheels.”


Online Tutoring:

William Shin, School on Wheels Tutor of the Month

William Shin – “I was looking for an opportunity to volunteer and work with children for some time when I found out about School on Wheels (SOW). The last time I had tutored a student was back when I was in college and I had forgotten how fulfilling it is to work with and learn from young minds. The online tutoring option is a wonderful option as it provides me with the flexibility to work around my regular work schedule and still be able to serve. The students I have tutored at SOW have been great. Kudos to the staff and my Coordinator as well for running an excellent program.”