On November 18th, 2017, team School on Wheels participated in a march to end homelessness hosted by United Way of Los Angeles. Our team marched through the streets of downtown Los Angeles to protest along with volunteers, supporters and other nonprofits dedicated to eradicating homelessness.
This was a successful turnout that helped raise awareness for our mission and the plight of homeless children everywhere. We are very appreciative for everyone who supported us in this year’s march and contributed their effort to make this a memorable event. Thank you to everyone for your endless support!
November was National Homeless Youth Awareness Month, and School on Wheels advocated for homeless youth by marching through the streets of downtown Los Angeles at the annual HomeWalk hosted by United Way. The HomeWalk had a successful turnout that helped raise awareness for our mission and the plight of homeless children everywhere. School on Wheels also got a surprise visit from the Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, at our Skid Row Row Learning Center. The children knew that someone from the city was visiting and had prepared questions in advance but did not know that it was their mayor who would be the VIP visitor! Lastly, School on Wheels was honored at The Good Shepherd Shelter’s 40th Anniversary Gala with their Champion Award. Catherine Meek, Executive Director of School on Wheels, was presented with the award.
In October, School on Wheels got a surprise visit from the cast from The Young & The Restless. Actors Bryton Jameve, Melissa Claire Egan and Jason Thompson visited our Skid Row Learning Center to drop off school supplies and backpacks that were donated by their fans! Board member and former student Angela M. Sanchez was featured in UpWorthy.com talking about growing up homeless and how magic helped her succeed in UCLA – where she graduated. Sanchez launched and organized a School on Wheels chapter at UCLA to help out other kids who were in the same tough spot that she had been just two years earlier.
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.
September was full of amazing star students and volunteers! We started the month off on the Today Show showcasing our trip to One Gun Ranch in Malibu, where our students had a fun-filled day learning about byodynamic farming. One of our volunteers, Lisa Rodriguez, was featured in an article by 500Pens.org, highlighting her experiencing tutoring at one of our homeless shelters where she meets her student, Almma, every week. Lastly, School on Wheels partnered with RISE High School. The goal of RISE High is to design a school from the ground up based on a deep understanding of the needs of disconnected youth. Driving this effort is a focus on creating a school accommodating to student needs, where students form deep relationships with staff and each other and are surrounded by support.