DURATIONMore than 4 hours
In a public place such a library, after school club, shelter, group foster home, or school site convenient for the student and the tutor
Throughout the school year
WHOSE HELP IS REQUIREDMom, dad or other grown-up's assistance and/or participation is required if under age 16.
HOW IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE
It is a sad fact that lots of kids do not have a home of their own. And those numbers are growing. 1 in every 20 children in the United States experience homelessness at some point. During this time, it is important for children to stay focused on school and their studies. That can be hard in the midst of difficult life circumstances, but by serving as a mentor/tutor, you can help them keep up with their school work. By having a strong network of volunteers in the community caring about homeless children and advocating for their education, we can make a difference in children's lives and in the community.
School on Wheels trains and matches volunteer tutors with children experiencing homelessness. The volunteers meet with their student every week to help them with school work. Young people (ages 12-15) may tutor with an adult family member or guardian. (Those 16 and older may do so unaccompanied.) Tutors meet their students in a public place such a library, after school club, shelter, group foster home, or school site.
1. Computer (access) to complete online application and orientation
2. Reliable transportation to get to/from weekly tutoring sessions
3. An ongoing commitment to working with your student every week
Minimum age to volunteer is 12. Tutors ages 12-15 must have an adult family member or guardian present. Those 16 and older may do so unaccompanied. Must be willing to commit to weekly sessions on an ongoing basis.
Visit the School on Wheels' website to view their location map to see which tutoring opportunities are near you. If interested in committing to weekly sessions, complete the online volunteer application. Minimum age to volunteer is 12. Tutors ages 12-15 must have an adult family member or guardian present.
1. Complete School on Wheels' online volunteer application.
2. Once you have applied, we will send you a link to our orientation which lasts approximately one hour. (For your convenience, it does not have to be completed in one sitting.)
3. After your orientation, you will be invited to register for a training. All volunteers must also complete a Live Scan fingerprint background check. (Live Scan Service is available on-site at our Follow-Up Tutor Trainings for $35.)
4. After completing steps 1, 2 & 3, your coordinator will review your tutoring preferences and will carefully match you with your student.
5. Attend your weekly tuturing sessions (with a parent/guardian if under age 16) and make a difference in the life of a homeless child!