Founded in 2001, School on Wheels provides school-aged children with one-on-one tutoring to help them find success and break the cycle of homelessness. The organization maintains two programs to accomplish this goal: Ignite Learning and Tutors in Action. The Tutors in Action program is an academic intervention program that introduces more than 400 volunteers to four schools and nine shelter locations. The children supported at these facilities meet with tutors up to four times a week and are part of either the homeless or hidden homeless population.
To ensure children get educational support when they need it, School on Wheels’ Tutors in Action program offers after-school and lunchtime tutoring. After-school tutoring sessions are held at nine homeless shelters and four schools in Marion County and give students time to complete their homework with help. If they complete their homework early, students participate in various education-based activities. Meanwhile, lunchtime tutoring is held at two public schools in Indianapolis during lunch. These sessions take a more curriculum-based approach to helping students and last the entire semester.