Did you know that November is National Youth Homelessness Awareness month? We’ll be sharing information about the impacts of homelessness and the youth we serve all month long and will be kicking off the first two weeks of November with several amazing event opportunities to engage audiences in learning more about youth homelessness. Two important events we’ll be participating in in November as part of the Spirit & Place Festival celebrate the power of education to break the cycle of homelessness. We hope you’ll join us at one or both of these enlightening experiences.

School on Wheels Events:

Homeless Voices

First Friday on November 3 (6-10 pm) and
Saturday, November 4, 2017 9:00 AM to Saturday, November 11, 2017 6:00 PM
at Tube Factory artspace basement gallery
1125 Cruft Street, Indianapolis, IN

School on Wheels is collaborating with CHIP to provide a powerful, museum-like art experience filled with educational22181253_10155113455103940_7742161598153050198_o vignettes and audio/video stories
from individuals experiencing homelessness in Indy. Combining audio, video, and tactile components, Homeless Voices immerses the visitor in the lives of individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Indianapolis. The exhibition will feature a collection of zines created by individuals experiencing
homelessness, a virtual reality experience of what it’s like to live in a family shelter, and other artistic and educational opportunities. Visitors will also learn about the crisis of homelessness in our community and how they can get involved.

School on Wheels will have a special Virtual Reality Experience one night only during First Friday on November 3 from 6 pm – 10 pm at the Tube!

Story Slam: Real Life Stories of the Power of Education.

Tuesday, November 7
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Speak Easy Downtown,
47 S Meridian St, 2nd Floor
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Walk-ins welcome, but RSVPs encouraged by Nov. 6 due to limited seating.

At this event, you’ll get to step into real life stories through dramatic presentations of education’s power to foster change. You will hear powerful stories from students and educators alike, including:

– Celeste Williams, School on Wheels Tutor
– Wes Coker, College and Career Readiness Coach at The Excel Center—Noblesville
– Dawn Walker-Seyerle, Social Studies Teacher at Arsenal Technical High School
– Ronak Shah, 7th Grade Science Teacher at KIPP Indy Public Schools
– Casey McLeod, Science Teacher at KIPP Indy Public Schools.

School on Wheels and its SPOKES committee are proud to partner with Teachers Lounge Indy to present Story Slam. Story Slam is sponsored by Junior League of Indianapolis

12 Bars of Charity
Go Team Orange!
Gather your friends and join us Friday, December 15 for the 12 Bars of Charity!

School on Wheels is excited to benefit from this city-wide bar crawl that will raise funds and bring awareness to our mission to break the cycle of homelessness through education. When you register for the event, be sure to select Team Orange so your registration benefits children impacted by homelessness. 12BARS_logo

When you select Team Orange, you’ll get:
– A $10 Donation to School on Wheels
– Official 12 Bars of Charity Team Sweatshirt
– (8 PM – Midnight) Bar Specific Drink Specials at all participating 12 Bars

Want to be a hero for School on Wheels?
Click here to learn how you and your friends can help Team Orange come out on top!

Grab your friends and register today. Every early bird registration for Team Orange that comes in before November 15 ensures School on Wheels gets an extra $5 per registration. Plus, the organization that has the most team members register gets a bonus $1,000. 

Community Events supported by School on Wheels

Grow With Google Indianapolis

School on Wheels was excited to be invited to Google’s first ever Small Business Meet-up at their corporate headquarters this summer. Our experience was amazing and we learned so much, so we’re thrilled that soon you too can experience all that Google has to offer first hand: Grow With Google is coming to Indianapolis!

On November 10th and 11th, Google is bringing 20+ workshops, 100+ 1-1 coaching sessions, hands-on demos, and a whole bunch of Googlers to the Indiana State Museum where they’ll help job seekers, students, teachers, entrepreneurs and small business owners improve their digital skills. Whether you are a job seeker, an educator, a small business owner, or a lifelong learner, this free event is not to be missed. We’ll be there, and hope to see you there too!

Grow with Google
Friday, November 10
9 am – 8 pm
Saturday, November 11
9 am – 6 pm
Indiana State Museum
650 W Washington St
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Register for workshops before they fill up!

Faith & Action

School on Wheels is proud to be one of six Indianapolis organizations that received grant funding during the inaugural round of the Faith & Action Project grants. Launched in 2016, the Faith & Action Project at Christian Theological Seminary is supported from the Mike and Sue Smith Family Fund as a multiyear effort to help reduce poverty in Indianapolis. In addition to providing grants, the Faith & Action Project has held community-wide events and attracted national poverty experts to Central Indiana. Faith & Action is hosting an important panel, “Poverty: A Community Responds” that is free and open to the public November 8, 2018.

Poverty: A Community Responds
A panel discussion on housing, education and hope
November 8
7-9 pm
Indianapolis Marriott Downtown
350 W Maryland St
Register today.

As you can see November is going to be an eventful and exciting month for School on Wheels, and we hope to see you at some of the events!