“It’s not about knowing everything or being a teacher—it’s about being there for someone who needs the help.”
– Jeremy A., Volunteer Tutor
Programs & Services
Volunteer tutoring is the cornerstone of our program. Our volunteers meet with their students every week to provide positive mentorship and educational assistance. Tutors meet their students online or in person.
Our Digital Learning Initiative empowers our students to harness the power of technology and Internet/WiFi to be able to participate in online learning and develop crucial 21st-century skills. The ultimate goal of our initiative is to bridge the digital divide and provide equitable access to our students who would not have access otherwise.
Students can easily apply to our scholarship programs which can be used for college, trade schools, arts/music/sports programs, educational summer programs, apprenticeships or enrichment classes. You can contribute to the fund through our donation page.
Every student we meet receives a NEW backpack filled with school supplies. Annually we provide over 5,000 students with the tools they need to succeed in school. Learn more about running a virtual supply drive here.
Skid Row Learning Center
Located in the neighborhood with the highest concentration of homelessness in the U.S., our center offers a safe and fun learning environment where students experiencing homelessness can access support after school.
- The center is open six days a week year-round
- Digital learning center
- Academic lessons
- Summer program
Where We Serve
We partner with over 400 sites across Southern California—including libraries, shelters, and after-school programs. Volunteer tutors provide stability, consistency, and educational support.
We provide the training and mentors that make a difference!
“I couldn’t have graduated without the help of my tutor”
Mission & Vision
Since 1993, the mission of School on Wheels has never wavered: to enhance educational opportunities for children who are experiencing homelessness from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Our goal is to shrink the gaps in their learning and provide them with the highest level of education possible. Our program serves as a consistent support system for our students during a time of great stress and fear.
Trust, integrity, innovation, flexibility, passion, and teamwork—these core values represent what we believe in, what we stand for, and how we approach everything we do. They determine how we treat each other, our students, volunteers, donors, partners, and the communities we serve. We measure our success by how well we live up to these values. We embrace people from all backgrounds, cultures, citizenships, experiences, and viewpoints.
Our staff and volunteers work hard to remove the barriers that stand between our students and their education. After ten weeks of tutoring, two thirds of our students improved their assessment scores by a grade level or more.
Our Volunteer Tutors
Our volunteers are the heart of our program.
In 2020 alone, 1,602 volunteers tutored
2,360 students experiencing homelessness.
“It helps them look beyond their current circumstances and see the possibilities the future can hold.”
Who We Are
The Executive Board
President, The Kissel Company, Inc.
President, Chief Financial Officer, Property Management Associates, Inc.
Grants Manager, U.S.VETS
Senior Vice President, Disney Studios
Senior Vice President and General Counsel, University of Southern California
Secretary, Principal, The Neiman Group Architects
Co-Founder, Joyful Giving
Chief Financial Officer, Chief Accounting Officer, Ares Management
Program Officer, ECMC Foundation
Angela M. Sanchez
Education & Equity Consultant
Janet A. Wertman
Managing Partner, Principal Communications Group
Reverend Cecil L. Murray
Chief Development & Marketing Officer
Chief Regional Officer
Chief Education & Program Officer
Associate Director - Students & Volunteers
Manager (Regions 1, 2, 3, and 6)
Associate Volunteer Engagement Coordinator (Region 5)
Associate Student Support Coordinator (Regions 5 & 7)
Associate Volunteer Engagement Coordinator (Reg 2)
Volunteer Engagement Coordinator - Regional (Reg 4)
Associate Volunteer Engagement Coordinator (Region 9)
Associate Student Support Coordinator (Regions 1 & 6)
Program Development Coordinator - SRLC
Associate Volunteer Engagement Coordinator (Region 10)
Associate Volunteer Engagement Coordinator (Region 3)
Associate Volunteer Engagement Coordinator (Region 8)
Associate Student Support Coordinator (Regions 9 and 10)
Associate Volunteer Engagement Coordinator (Online)
Volunteer Engagement Coordinator (Region 7)
Student Support Coordinator (Regions 2 and 3)
Associate Volunteer Engagement Coordinator (Region1)
Program Development Coordinator - Data & Technology
Curriculum & Training
Associate Director - Programs
Program Development Coordinator - Training and Development
Senior Program Development Specialist - Literacy
Program Development Coordinator - Grades 5-12
COMMUNICATIONS & OPERATIONS TEAM
Manager - Corporate Partnerships and Volunteer Engagement
Associate Program Development Coordinator - HR
Administrative Clerk - SRLC
Assistant - SRLC