Did you know that School on Wheels does a lot more than simply provide tutoring to children experiencing homelessness during the school year?
Many people only see our volunteer tutors at our partner sites and our Program Coordinators who oversee tutoring at each location. What many don’t see is our full time staff back at the office working over school breaks and summer vacation. We are building partnerships with new sites and service providers, recruiting and training volunteers, researching best practices for working with the population we serve and sharing with the community about the prevalence of childhood homelessness, compiling academic data to evaluate the impact of each program, raising funds to make sure we are able to continue providing our programs in coming years, developing new curriculum for our students and workshops for the parents of these children, and much, much more.
In fact, School on Wheels employs eight full-time staff and four part-time staff, in addition to our seven Program Coordinators. And every single one of us is so passionate about what we do. We get to work with wonderful staff members, invested partners, amazing volunteers and supporters who share our vision to help break the cycle of homelessness through education.
In 2015 we are excited about lots of new projects, including:
Evaluating the success of our first full year of our Hidden Homeless Initiative at Fox Hill and Greenbriar Elementary Schools, and expanding this program to a new school location.
Evaluating the results of our new Ignite Learning program, Parent Connections, and expanding this pilot into additional sites in order to better equip parents to be their children’s strongest educational advocate.
Offering a month long summer enrichment program at Salvation Army Barton Center. It’s a WRAP! (Writing, Reading, Art and Performance) will focus on poetry this summer. (Check out last summer’s program here).
If you are excited about School on Wheels programming in 2015, you might be interested in joining our team. We have an opening for a part-time Accounting and Business Manager and are accepting applications through January 20, 2015.