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'School On Wheels' Founder to Be Honored With 'Most Prestigious Award Given To Women'
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In 1993, after reading a book about homelessness, LA-resident Agnes Stevenson started teaching kids in a park in Santa Monica. From this book she learned that hundreds of thousands of children in the US do not attend school due to homelessness. And School on Wheels was born.
The organization, which provides one-on-one tutoring to homeless children from Costa Mesa up to Santa Barbara, has grown to include 700 volunteers who donated 50,000 hours to tutor students, help them with homework and take them on field trips.
This Tuesday, at the 2009 Women's Conference, Stevenson will receive the Minerva Award, an award presented by First Lady Maria Schriver to "honor remarkable women who have created remarkable legacies." (Check out the LIVE webcast today and tomorrow).
In 2009, Stevenson was featured as one of LA Weekly's LA People 2009. They also celebrated as Khadijah Williams, a former student, went from "homeless to Harvard" and recently shared her story Oprah.
Visit School On Wheels to learn more about volunteer tutoring opportunities and events throughout the LA-area.
Southern California's Snow-Capped Mountains Are Beautiful. Here's Where To Maximize The View (And Snap A Great Picture)It's been many, many years since we saw this much snow in our mountains. Going up there right now isn't safe, but here are some places where you can enjoy the view and snap a pic.
April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
In the face of a drier future, that iconic piece of Americana is on its way out in Southern California.
Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.