Tutors serve as positive adult role models and mentors to help students reach their full potential in the classroom and beyond. Our volunteers come from all backgrounds and professions with one goal in mind: to help students break the cycle of homelessness through a quality education. Click here to find out how you can help change a child’s life.
Tutors are matched with a student at one of our shelters or training sites to provide one-on-one tutoring and mentoring. Volunteer tutors help children get back on track with their education despite the obstacles of homelessness. Site Coordinators are trained educators who oversee and support our tutors and students at each program site. The Site Coordinators will help guide you and your student to help ensure you have the information and resources you need to have an effective tutoring session. Tutors receive high quality training and ongoing support from the SOWMA Education Director and Operations Director.
Each tutoring site has a variety of activities and resources available for the tutors and students to use during their tutoring sessions. During the volunteer training, tutors are introduced to many of the educational resources available and shown how to use them with their students. SOWMA’s main focus is on English Language Arts, Mathematics, and developing skills such as organization and critical thinking to help students in school and in the real world.
SOWMA emphasizes the importance of reading and encourages students and tutors to read every week during their tutoring sessions. SOWMA has joined the Scholastic FACE Program, which will help provide students with books throughout the year. Every month the students will be able to choose and order a book from the Scholastic catalog to read during tutoring and then take home to start or add to their own personal library.
Tutors are supported by the School on Wheels staff Site Coordinators and are encouraged to take educational workshops offered throughout the year to receive additional training.
Learn more about becoming a tutor/mentor.