School on Wheels Board Member Angela Sanchez shared her experience with homelessness for this installment of SoCal SoCurious. Listener Victoria asked, “How should I speak to kid about Homelessness?” Listen to the full interview here.
The Junior League of Los Angeles (JLLA) has partnered with School on Wheels on a project for 2018-19 to revitalize our “Believe, Understand, and Succeed” (BUS) program. As some of you may know, the BUS Program is an online mentoring and academic program meant to ensure student success both in and after high school. Broadly speaking, these lessons seek to foster educational success and provide guidance with education/career services for our high-school aged students who are experiencing homelessness.
This past year JLLA’s dedicated committee of 11 trained volunteers hosted four workshops at group homes belonging to The Dream Catcher Foundation, Inc. in downtown Los Angeles. They plan to host three new workshops in the spring of 2019, as well as hosting a campus tour for the young women. As of yet, the favorite training topics have been on emotional intelligence and conflict resolution! Sessions have included lots of fun icebreakers and group activities to aid discussion and the learning process. One particular highlight was an activity around positive reinforcement and complimenting others; needless to say, everyone was engaged and smiling!
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 12, 2018 – Spin Master Corp., a leading global children’s entertainment company, kicked off the season of giving with the first Caring & Sharing Holiday Banquet in Los Angeles. The inaugural event, hosted in partnership with the Shuki & Tori Levy Foundation, involved over 250 children from School on Wheels, a charity that provides tutoring, school supplies and other educational assistance to children experiencing homelessness in Southern California.
Held at Project Evolve Los Angeles, Spin Master employees and volunteers helped each child select two Spin Master toys – one for themselves and another to share with a friend. Children were also treated to a day at the “carnival” with classic games and booths such as ring toss and tattoo art, followed by a luncheon.
“We’re so excited to bring the spirit of giving and holiday cheer to children in Los Angeles this year,” said Ronnen Harary, Spin Master’s Co-Founder, Chairman and Co-CEO. “Our annual Caring & Sharing Holiday Banquet has been a giving tradition for Spin Master employees in Toronto for seven years. With our LA event, we are expanding the positive impact we have on kids during the holidays – seeing the smiles on their faces is the greatest reward.”
Partners for the Los Angeles Caring & Sharing Holiday Banquet, in support of School on Wheels, include the Shuki & Tori Levy Foundation, Project Evolve LA, Magic Jump Rentals, Fresh Brothers & Bart’s Carts, Magician Rich Freeman, Event Medics, and Riz Transportation.
“The School on Wheels program serves as a consistent support system to students at a time of great stress and fear,” said Catherine Meek, Executive Director of School on Wheels. “We bring the message to our students that they are cared about and important. We’re thrilled to be partnering with Spin Master on the first ever Los Angeles Caring & Sharing Holiday Banquet. The event’s caring and sharing theme reflects our core values and allows our students to experience the holiday giving spirit firsthand.”
Spin Master’s 8th Annual Caring & Sharing Holiday Banquet in Toronto will be taking place on December 4th at the Liberty Grand. Globally, Spin Master continues to bring inspiration and the opportunity to learn, grow and play to children living in challenging situations through the Spin Master led global initiative, the Toy Movement.
Over 70 students celebrated Halloween and trick-or-treated thanks to support from the LAPD, Downtown L.A Industrial District BID, our amazing volunteers, Hulu for their donation of trick or treat bags and goodies, everyone who donated costumes and candy, and our very own Allison Maldonado.
On Sunday, October 28, in the 5:30 AM early morning mist, students from all over Southern California began pouring into Dockweiler Beach for the annual Students Run Los Angeles (SRLA) Beachcomber 10K. This year, SRLA selected School on Wheels, Inc. as an official nonprofit partner for the SRLA Cares “Every Penny Counts” initiative.
At the event, members of our staff along with volunteer tutors, Natalie Platon, and Sam Hiatt connected with some of the 3000+ students and families and shared information about our program and about the students we serve. Staff members Ian, Angie, Ryan, and Natalie even got to run the 10K alongside the students and families! Thank you, SRLA, for inviting us to share our mission with your students and families and for selecting us as a recipient of the SRLA Cares initiative. For more photos of the event check out their website.