Posted March 25th, 2015 by Shalyn with No Comments
Back in October, we held a Tutor Conversation: Tips for Working with High Energy Children, led by School on Wheels tutor Sandra Tunis (check out some of the top tips we learned from the conversation here). Since then, our program team has been hard at work creating a three-video series that addresses the most frequently asked questions we receive from tutors about working with students with high energy or ADHD.
Below is the first of the videos in our new series, Tips for Working with High Energy Children. In this video, we answer the popular question: What is the difference between ADD & ADHD? Watch to find out the answer!
Stay tuned for the next videos in the series:
Part 2: How to relate to students with high energy
Part 3: How to best set up the tutoring hour for students with high energy
Too impatient to wait for the next video in the series? Check out our other Tutor Tips videos! Did you find this video helpful? Leave a comment below!
Posted March 18th, 2015 by Shalyn with 1 Comment
Each month, we’ll be introducing you to a new School on Wheels staff member so you can learn more about the people who make our programs run successfully! This month, we’ll highlight Claire Brosman, our Grants and Communications Manager. Claire is a vital behind-the-scenes contributor at School on Wheels, but most people never get to meet her. Read on to learn more about her and the vital role foundations and grants play in our programs!
What is your role at School on Wheels?
As the Grants and Communications Manager at School on Wheels not only do I get to help tell the organization’s story to the public across all mediums – from emails to the annual report – but I also get to tell the School on Wheel’s story to funders. About one third of our funding comes from grants and foundations so I get to create proposals to support each of the unique programs that benefit the homeless children and families we serve.
What did you do before you came here?
Before I came to School on Wheels I worked for Heartland Film where I was the Heartland Institute Director. I worked with movie studios to create youth development curriculum, developed the High School Film Competition and facilitated educational workshops and panels for high school and college students. I decided my favorite part of that job was storytelling so I left to pursue freelance writing for organizations that do great things. Now I still get to work with Heartland, but I get to work with so many other great organizations too — like School on Wheels!
Why did you decide to join the School on Wheels team?
While I love quietly writing and working with lots of clients remotely, I realized I missed having co-workers. So I searched for the non-profit with the most amazing mission AND the most amazing co-workers I could find and landed at School on Wheels part time.
What’s your favorite thing about your job?
The kids we serve are definitely my favorite part of the job. Even though I’m rarely at tutoring sites, the rest of the School on Wheels team always brings stories from each location back to the office. It’s amazing to hear about the kids’ big and little victories each day. And there really are victories every single day. It’s amazing and affirming.
What’s one thing that people would be surprised to know about you?
When I was a teenager, I lived with my family in the Minnesota woods – without electricity.
What is the biggest project you are working on right now for School on Wheels?
Right now School on Wheels is working with professional volunteers through Catchafire. I’m working with these volunteers as they help us develop a new marketing strategy and a new website so we can help further spread awareness about how School on Wheels is helping kids experiencing homelessness achieve academic success. It’s a big project, but really exciting!
Posted March 11th, 2015 by Claire with No Comments
Our second annual Share the Love fundraising and awareness campaign was a huge success! Driven by our best advocates – our volunteers, staff and current supporters – this campaign surpassed our goal.
With our advocates help, during the month of February we let our community know more about School on Wheels’ impactful academic intervention programs and highlighted the issue of child homelessness and its impact on education. Nearly 200 individuals responded by supporting our programs. We couldn’t be happier that our community pulled together in such a tremendous way to help equip the homeless children we serve with the tools necessary to break the cycle of homelessness through education! We are looking forward to hosting a pizza party at each of our tutoring partner sites so the children we serve can join us in celebrating this amazing success as well.
Thank you again to our volunteers and other advocates who spent a month dedicated to sharing the importance of School on Wheels with their friends, family and co-workers, and for helping us surpass our $10,000 goal by nearly 25%. With the matching gift grant from The Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF affiliate, we raised nearly $25,000, which is an amazing result – an accomplishment we couldn’t have achieved without the help of our supporters and our community. Thank you!
Posted March 4th, 2015 by Claire with No Comments
We see the community pull together in so many ways to help the children we serve achieve academic success. This support includes volunteer tutors, individual donors and corporate supporters. Today we highlight 2015 Education Celebration co-presenter, BMO Harris Bank, for their history of generous support.
BMO Harris Bank has been a supporter of School on Wheels for the past five years. Not only do they provide financial support to our organization, but they are actively involved with us on a volunteer level. Scott Dvornik, SVP Relationship Manager of Middle Market Banking at BMO Harris Bank, sits on School on Wheels’ Board of Directors. Scott replaced long-time board member Andrew Cardimen, BMO Managing Director and Regional Sales Manager, in 2014. These two men are wonderful leaders at BMO and have provided strong volunteer leadership at School on Wheels.
In addition to high level volunteer support, BMO involves other employees in creative volunteer efforts that truly impact our kids. This past winter break, BMO employees assembled 100 Winter Break Boredom-Beater kits for all the children currently in our program. They purchased the materials and did all the prep work at their annual holiday gathering in Chicago. Our kids were thrilled with these bags that contained A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein, a sketch book, a set of colored pencils, a “how to draw” book and a Mad Libs book. These clever kits helped prevent learning loss over break and served to remind our kids that educational activities are fun!
Thanks to BMO Harris Bank for creating full circle support for School on Wheels and our academic intervention programs for children experiencing homelessness. It’s because of supporters like BMO that we are able to equip the children we serve with the tools necessary to break the cycle of homelessness through education.
You can help support our kids by attending the 2015 Education Celebration! Save the date for April 16 at The Crane Bay Event Center. Due to BMO Harris Bank and Defender, our event co-presenters, 100% of ticket proceeds directly support the programs the impact the children School on Wheels serves.
Posted February 25th, 2015 by Kris Chaney with No Comments
In honor of the last few days of the School on Wheels Share the Love Campaign, Kris Chaney, Volunteer Chair for Share the Love, shares his insights on the campaign so far and why he dedicates so much time and effort to School on Wheels.
More than 5,000 children experience homelessness in Marion County each year. School on Wheels relies solely on the donations of people’s time and financial resources to provide tutoring and academic intervention for these children throughout the year. As a result, advocates such as myself and other volunteers and donors, are participating in the Share the Love Campaign. This fundraising and awareness event harnesses the collective power of our community to help break the cycle of homelessness through education.
In my ten years as a tutor with School on Wheels, I have seen my share of both heartbreaking and inspiring stories. It truly is incredible to see the difference that one tutor can make for one child in the span of just one hour. It is a weekly thing to see a young boy or girl come into the room for the tutoring hour (or “Homework Club”, as the kids call it) completely shut down – angry, upset, frustrated – you name it. But with just a few encouraging words and a little persistence, by the end of the hour, the child is fully engaged, having gained renewed confidence in his or her abilities. All a result of one person sharing his or her love – showing the child that he or she is important and that someone cares.
Please consider coming on board and helping out with this campaign. School on Wheels is a phenomenal organization, and with your support, we will reach our ultimate goal of breaking the cycle of homelessness in Indianapolis. And every dollar raised in February is matched, doubling the impact of your gift.
Plus, if we meet our goal of $10,000, not only are we a step closer to meeting the extraordinary needs of the children School on Wheels serves, but the kids at each site will get treated to a celebratory pizza party!