Jun 1

Father’s Day Cards

  • Front of card
  • Back of card

Show Dad you care this Father’s Day!

Make a donation to School on Wheels in honor of your dad, and we’ll send him a Father’s Day card with your personalized message on the back. Just go to our donation page and select the Father’s Day option. We’ll follow up with you by email to get the recipient’s address and a personalized message to add to your card.

The cards are made from drawings by our students at the Skid Row Learning Center, and all proceeds will go to School on Wheels and the homeless children we serve.

May 26

Student Survey Success Story

In December 2014 we surveyed our students and their parents to find out how our one-on-one tutoring was helping them. We received some great feedback, including every one of our students reporting that tutoring has helped them in school.

Surveys were sent to students who had been tutored for at least 3 months and were currently attached to a volunteer. Students in 4th-12th grade filled out  a survey, and parents of students in all grades, K-12th, received a separate survey.

Some highlights from the student survey included:

  • 96% saw a positive change in their math, and/or ELA, and/or overall grades
  • 86% feel more confident about their reading and/or problem solving abilities
  • 100% said that they believe that their tutor have provided help that can be used at school
  • 75% try harder to do well in school
  • 83% put more time into school work and/or complete school assignments on time
  • 90% saw a positive change in their interest in the future and/or believe that SOW tutoring has been a good experience
  • 73% put more time into  their school work and/or saw a positive change in their overall grade
  • The word cloud above shows the most common words used by students to describe their tutoring experience.

Parents had great things to say about our tutoring as well. Here are some highlights of the Parent Survey:

  • 96.08% believe that their children’s motivation to understand topics in class increased
  • 90.20% believe that their children’s attitude towards school related activities has improved
  • 62.74% of parents said that their children complete homework more frequently and/or believe that their children is more confident in completing assignments on time
  • 100% of parents say that they have seen positive changes in their child as a result of having a SOW tutor
  • 90.19% of parents believe that their children feels more confident in school and/or struggles less with school assignments
  • 92.1% of parents believe that their children’s attitude towards school-related activities improved and/or their children are more confident in completing assignments on time

Here is a word cloud of the most common words used by parents to describe their child’s tutoring experience:

parent survey word cloud





May 12

LA Times | Volunteer group tutors Southern California homeless kids

With a mission to reduce the setbacks in education homeless children face, School on Wheels is the only nonprofit of its kind in Southern California, with over 1,800 volunteers who help homeless youth succeed in school.

“Our program serves as a consistent support system to homeless students at a time of great stress and fear,” said Sinead Chilton, marketing director of School on Wheels, Inc.

The nonprofit works with homeless students living in shelters, motels, cars, on the street and in group foster homes, serving more than 163,000 students across 6 area counties.

“Homeless children are four times more likely to repeat a grade or drop out of school altogether,” Chilton said. “We provide an opportunity for volunteers to go out into their community and make a positive difference in the academic life of a homeless student.”

Read the full story at LA Times.

May 12

Huffington Post | How One-On-One Tutoring Is Creating Possibilities For LA’s Homeless Youth

Huffington Post and USC Annenberg created a partnership to explore what’s working in Los Angeles and beyond. The series focused on the positives in the world, rather than the negatives we are constantly hearing about. School on Wheels is honored to have been the subject of one of these editorials and to be considered part of “What’s Working in LA.”

“For the nonprofit School On Wheels, change begins when people focus on what they can do to help. ‘We can’t end homelessness, but we can help a student experiencing homelessness with their school work and studies,’ says Sinead Chilton, the Marketing Director at School on Wheels.

Chilton has been with the organization for more than 10 years. School On Wheels is a nonprofit that provides one-on-one tutoring to homeless children throughout Southern California. Chilton started out tutoring and now she’s taken on a director role in addition to weekly visits with students.

‘My very first student moved out of state, but we still keep in touch via Facebook,’ Chilton said. ‘He is at college training to be a mechanic and that makes me very proud to have had a positive influence in a time in his life that was very chaotic and traumatic.'”

Read the full story here.

Apr 13

Former Student Khadijah Williams

This scholarship was created to honor Catherine McAuley

Catherine was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1920. She left school at age 14 to help support her family. As an intelligent woman who saw how her lack of education impacted her, she was determined that the same fate would not happen to her children. Many people in the neighborhood never finished basic schooling. And no one in her family had ever gone to college until her children did.

The purpose:

The purpose of the Catherine McAuley Scholarship is to improve the life of a homeless child through education. Scholarships are available to break down any barriers that exist for homeless students in getting a quality education. This includes, but is not limited to, any level of college, trade schools, arts/music programs, educational summer programs, apprenticeships or enrichment classes.

Requirements – must be ONE of the following:

  • Currently enrolled in tutoring with the School on Wheels program,
  • Previously enrolled in tutoring with the School on Wheels program within the past 3 years,
  • Previously enrolled in tutoring more than 3 years ago but now pursuing post-secondary education

All students must have been tutored for at least 3 months and be a student 25 years or younger.

Application materials:

  • Completion of Application Form
  • Personal Statement Essay
  • Letter of recommendation from a tutor, teacher, or employer
  • Current, unofficial school transcript and/or report card


Applications are usually reviewed on a quarterly basis and are due at the end of each of the following months: February, May, August, and November. If you are applying for entrance to a specific program or class with a deadline, please give the scholarship committee at least 3 weeks to make a decision. Submitting an application does not guarantee you will receive a scholarship. Decisions are based on multiple factors, including the strength of the application, and how the money will be used.

Please address and mail application with all the required materials to:

School on Wheels, Inc.
Catherine McAuley Scholarship
600 E. 7th Street, Ste 109
Los Angeles, CA 90021

Or email to: Scholarship Committee Leader, Lisette Gaeta, at lgaeta [a] schoolonwheels.org.

Contribute to the Scholarship Fund:

You may contribute the the Scholarship fund through our Donation page. Choose the Catherine McAuley Scholarship from the drop-down menu.

“Education is not preparation for life. Education is life itself.” – John Dewey