Jul 16

Get on The Bus College Club Contest 2021

Students experiencing homelessness will be returning to school this year with major learning losses. Help us recruit new tutors and spread the word so these students can get back on track with the support of a School on Wheels tutor.

Enter our Get on the Bus contest and start making a difference today! Earn points by completing the different options below. The more points you earn, the more likely you and your college club are to win!

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School on Wheels is supported by college clubs across Southern California. With our Get on the Bus contest, these clubs can kick off the school year with some friendly competition and help us recruit new tutors. Make sure you answered the question above regarding which college you are supporting so we can give them credit for your entry.

If you are a college student but not currently part of a School on Wheels college club and would like to join one, please contact mfarfan@schoolonwheels.org. If you are a friend or family member of a college student, welcome! We are so glad to have your support.

Prizes

  • The winning college club will receive a Starbucks gift card with a value of $10 per club member that participated.
  • The individual winner will receive a School on Wheels swag box.
  • The contest ends on August 27th, 12:00 pm.
  • We are only accepting tutors who are current California residents; if you live out-of-state, please enter the contest using one or more of the other options!
  • The individual winner and the winning college club will be featured in our newsletter and on our social media platforms.
  • The winning college club will also have bragging rights!

Rules

Please only use one email address per person to participate in the contest. Questions, contact mfarfan@schoolonwheels.org.

Jul 6

School on Wheels Appoints Not One But Two New Board Members

LOS ANGELES– June 18th 2021 – School on Wheels, a non-profit organization dedicated to tutoring children experiencing homelessness, is happy to announce Jonathan Reid and Janvi Patel are joining its Executive Board of Directors.

Reid is the Senior Program Officer of Grants & Programs for the LA84 Foundation and Patel is an Investment Committee Member for ALIAVIA, Advisor for Equality Now and Children of War Foundation, Co-Founder of Support SEND Kids, and Founding Board Member of Free Periods.
“We are so excited and honored to have Janvi Patel and Jonathan Reid join our amazing Board. Their experience and passion is a wonderful addition to School on Wheels and we all look forward to working with them.” – Josh Fein, President of the Board of Directors

Reid and Patel bring diverse expertise and insight to School on Wheels. The two will be joining a team of executive board members dedicated to enhancing the mission of School on Wheels. The organization has worked diligently to ensure that their Board represents a variety of experts that have the passion and dedication to advocate for their students and volunteers.
“I am excited to join a team of committed individuals to raise awareness of the amazing work of the School on Wheels staff and volunteers and to share the stories of the youth and their families. I am looking forward to working collaboratively to bring more resources to students experiencing homelessness throughout Southern California.” – Jonathan T. Reid, MPH

“I have been following School on Wheel’s progress for over a decade now, really since I moved to Los Angeles. Their staff and volunteers are really heroes, working with unhoused families to support their amazing children with their educational needs. I am humbled and honored to be joining such an esteemed board and team and I am looking forward to serving the School on Wheels community.” – Janvi Patel

ABOUT SCHOOL ON WHEELS: School on Wheels, Inc. is a nonprofit organization founded in 1993 by Agnes Stevens, a retired teacher. Today, hundreds of volunteers work one-on-one with children whose homelessness prevents them from receiving the academic stability and help they desperately need. The mission of School on Wheels is to enhance educational opportunities for children who are experiencing homelessness from kindergarten through twelfth grade. The goal is to shrink the gaps in their education and provide them with the highest level of education possible. The program spans six counties in Southern California, including Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara and Ventura, as well as a learning center in Skid Row.

PRESS CONTACT
Sinead Chilton
805.641.1678
schilton@schoolonwheels.org

Jul 6

Grateful for our Grads

Read about the resiliency of the Class of 2021. Congratulations to all our amazing graduating seniors…

Adam
Creighton University, Marine Biology

Adam was doing okay in school and knew he wanted to go to college—but living in a motel with his family was taking its toll on his motivation and confidence. He was matched with a mother/daughter tutoring duo who helped him prepare for the PSAT with new learning strategies and a new perspective (his final score was 1450!) Adam says his time with School on Wheels helped him realize he can do anything he sets his mind to, regardless of his situation.

Hernan
California State University Fullerton, Biological Science

Hernan will be the first in his family to attend college. His dream is to become a physician specializing in primary care. Before he met his tutor he was failing classes and did not see college in his future. Hernan says it is a great feeling to have accomplished so much and that his life is much different today than when he first met his tutor four years ago.

Mark
California State University, Fullerton

Mark plans to become a family therapist after college. When he first started tutoring with School on Wheels he was more concerned about where his family was going to sleep each night than his D’s and F’s in school. He credits his tutor Theresa with improving his self-confidence and says she taught him that school was key to being successful and to never stop dreaming!

Jenin
California State University, Northridge, Speech and Language Pathology

Jenin needed help with her college applications and her tutor Jay Lee turned up at exactly the right time. She was feeling alone and disconnected from school but with his support she began to think outside of the box and aimed higher. She thinks School on Wheels is a great program for kids in her situation and says that one person can impact your life in ways you never imagined.

Angel
Plans to attend nursing school

“Don’t give up” is the mantra Angel learned from her School on Wheels tutor, Wisdom (what a great name for a tutor!). She says that his patience was the key to helping her understand math and she calls Wisdom a ‘Super Tutor’.

Jul 6

The School On Wheels Animated Short Film “To The Letter” Wins First Place In The Cbs Leadership Pipeline Challenge

The first-place prize includes a $10,000 donation to School on Wheels

School on Wheels has announced its animated short film TO THE LETTER has won first place in the CBS Leadership Pipeline Challenge, which includes a $10,000 donation to School on Wheels. The animated short film is now streaming on Youtube and CBS.com.

TO THE LETTER follows a young unhoused student as she attempts to learn how to read. Letters and words escape her into the cloudy darkness of her frustration until her tutor breaks through and braves the storm with her. The film is inspired by the School on Wheels ABC Literacy Program, which is designed to help unhoused students in kindergarten through third-grade catch up to their grade level in literacy and develop a love of reading.

“School on Wheels was thrilled to be chosen as a beneficiary of the Pipeline Challenge. Our team was able to navigate the experience of being a young student facing homelessness with compassion and empathy and really got to the heart of our program,” said Sinead Chilton, Chief Development & Marketing Officer of School on Wheels. “We are thrilled to have won first place and will use the prize money to provide tutoring services to even more kids like Mia, whose education is being impacted negatively due to their homelessness.”

The CBS Leadership Pipeline Challenge was judged by a group of 37 showrunners, directors, agents, managers, and production company executives. The participating films were evaluated using a scoring points scale from 1-10 in each of the following categories: script/writing, direction, casting, acting, cinematography, sound design, production value/design, hair/makeup, alignment with the mission of the non-profit and editing.
“I’m blown away by the talent among our inaugural participants, and beyond proud of the cross-company and cross-industry effort that made it possible to empower storytellers at the beginning of their careers and to uplift these important causes,” said Lori Erickson, Vice President of Casting at CBS Studios and Founder of the CBS Leadership Pipeline Challenge. “Congrats to Maya Alvarez and Team School on Wheels on their beautiful film, along with all of the incredible storytellers who accepted the challenge. If this is the future of entertainment, we’re in the best of hands.”
“With a team of seven animators across the world, we were able to come together virtually amidst the racial, political and health pandemics in our world and create a story with passion and social impact to honor the students of School on Wheels,” said Nirav Bhakta, Director of TO THE LETTER. “We are so proud that our vision was recognized and we were able to win such a generous donation for School on Wheels.”
TO THE LETTER is directed/written by Nirav Bhakta, co-written by David Aguilar, composed by Dhruv Goel, edited by Mario Torres Torres, and produced by Lauren Robinson, Rachel Hanley, and Bhavani Rao, with casting by Maddalena Zuppetta. Maya Alvarez serves as the Executive Producer and Team Lead. The film is animated by Carlos Velez, Megan Lucas, Chris Culpepper, Nguyet Nghi Duong, Rakshit Srivastava, and Chantal Paz. The animation team is led by award-winning animator and VFX artist Chun Chun Chang.

The CBS Leadership Pipeline Challenge was founded by Lori Erickson, Vice President of Casting at CBS Studios. Casting coordinator Lindsey Edge serves as Program Manager.

About the CBS Leadership Pipeline Challenge
The CBS Leadership Pipeline Challenge is a social impact-focused short film competition aimed at empowering assistants to step into creative leadership positions. Junior-level employees within CBS Studios and CBS joined forces with early-career storytellers nominated by Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment, National Hispanic Media Coalition, Easterseals Disability Film Challenge and Casting Society Cares Training & Education to create three short films that align with the missions of local nonprofits School on Wheels, SafeBAE and Homeboy Industries in an effort to win donations towards the nonprofits.
To learn more about the CBS Leadership Pipeline Challenge, visit CBS.com

About School on Wheels
School on Wheels, Inc. is a nonprofit organization founded in 1993 by Agnes Stevens, a retired teacher. Today, hundreds of volunteers work one-on-one with children whose homelessness prevents them from receiving the academic stability and help they desperately need. The mission of School on Wheels is to enhance educational opportunities for homeless children from kindergarten through twelfth grade. The goal is to shrink the gaps in their education and provide them with the highest level of education possible. The program spans six counties in Southern California, including Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara and Ventura, as well as a learning center in Skid Row.

School on Wheels Contact:
Sinead Chilton schilton@schoolonwheels.org

To The Letter Press Contact:
Maya Alvarez maya.alvarez@cbs.com

May 25

Students of the Month (5/21)

Allison | Age 5

Allison is an animal lover and a kind and patient big sister to a brother who always wants to be involved with whatever she’s doing. She is observant, quick, and a bit of a prankster!

Reading confidence has been a big challenge, but Allison has persevered and has recently read whole books out loud without hesitation!

She’s looking forward to making new friends in her next classroom. She admires her older sister’s ability to pick up new big books to read for fun, and she’s being a patient and caring big sister to her brother who always wants to be doing what she’s doing.

Jonathan | Age 6

Jonathan brings so much love and attention to his work. He is kind, funny, and loves school! He is also a literal master of Tic Tac Toe!

Jonathan has found some words challenging to read out loud. Not only do we have a list of words we go over at the beginning of every session, but we also try to incorporate those words into our homework and conversation!

Jonathan hopes to be a firefighter or a scientist or both when he grows up. He also cannot wait to travel into space and visit Mars!

Jonathan continually encourages me to approach tutoring with more compassion, enthusiasm, and humor! He has also tried to teach me his mastery of Tic Tac Toe and the secrets to some of his magic tricks!

John | Age 5

John LOVES numbers. He likes to count things. He likes to add and multiply. He likes to try to think of the biggest number he can. He also enjoys drawing and likes Batman and Sonic the Hedgehog.

In our tutoring sessions, we have focused on early literacy and phonemic awareness. John has made great progress and is becoming a reader!

When I asked John what he would like to be when he grows up, he said, “I would like to be a superhero.” And when I asked him about any dreams for the future, he said he wishes he could be very strong.