Educating Children Impacted by Homelessness
Our customized support services have become an academic lifeline for children who are impacted by homelessness. Our students know they can count on us for tutoring, mentoring, and educational advocacy, as well as backpacks and school supplies. School on Wheels of Massachusetts students are doing well in school despite the trauma of homelessness.
One hour a week is all it takes to help a child impacted by homelessness. School on Wheels of Massachusetts (SOWMA) recruits, trains and supports volunteers, who provide one-on-one tutoring for children in kindergarten through grade 12 living in shelters and transitional apartments. To provide stability and consistency, tutors meet with students each week to reinforce grade level learning skills, work on school projects, and help boost the child's self-esteem.
School on Wheels of Massachusetts (SOWMA) provides students with the tools they need for success in the classroom. Each child is given a brand new backpack filled with new supplies and books, collected and packed by our community volunteers. Additional supplies are available throughout the year for school projects and classroom activities. In the 2016-2017 academic school year, we distributed 2,400 full stocked backpacks; 800 more than we anticipated and we delivered thanks to YOU!
This program offers guidance and assistance for students impacted by homelessness who are in high school and interested in continuing their education. The High School Plus students work with our mentors, who help connect them with colleges or vocational programs, as well as other local agencies, to help them move forward with their plans beyond high school. Our program also places a large emphasis on working with unaccompanied youth. High School Plus provides advocacy, guidance and support services for all student impacted by homelessness throughout the duration of their post-secondary career.
We are looking for volunteers! Would you like to mentor a High School Plus college student? Apply to become a mentor here.
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