This School on a Bus Is Bringing Education to Everyone


– Education. To me, education is it. If you don’t know how to
read, if you don’t know how to write, if you
don’t know how to spell then life is tough. And people having real problems in these different neighborhoods. You’re gonna feed your
kids or you’re gonna go to school; you’re gonna pay your rent or you’re gonna go to
school, and I understand that ’cause I’ve been there. But I want people to know that
the bus represents change, change in self, change in community, change in everything. I want them to see that this
bus is something different and anything is possible. (calm music) (somber piano music) I grew up in Sunnydale
projects in San Francisco. It was just me and my
brother and my sister, my mother had to work a
lot, she did overnights. This a really rough
neighborhood, and as I grew up, a lot of people started
fighting, selling drugs, doing drugs, so I started
selling drugs and robbery, prostitution, and dropped out of school to do what I wanted to do. Then one day, my son, he asked me, “You didn’t go to school,
why I gotta go to school?” So I started thinking
about changing my life. I went to a lady who’s in our community and she said, “There’s a
program coming called Five Keys. “You can learn how to
read and get your GED “or your high school diploma.” It was like everything just
started falling in place. From that point, I started
going, going, going, going until I learned how to read. I graduated in 2015, had the cap and gown, I walked down, they played the little music, it was almost the happiest day of my life. And I said OK, now that I graduated, I got my high school
diploma, can I get a job? And they made a position for me; that’s what I am now,
the Community Ambassador; and so now I’m giving back
and I’m helping other people. Five Keys’ mobile classroom
is a classroom on wheels. It’s a bus that drives up
to different neighborhoods, different projects, and
we spend about three hours in each neighborhood. – Yes! – Happy to see you. – [Shelia] From there,
people get on the bus, we’ll give them their homework packets, and they do their work. – Subtract that number and
then you get the number. – [John] Exactly, you
subtract that number. – Yeah, and then you get
the answer that you want. You know if I have a problem,
I’m calling you, right? – Yeah. Let me show you a couple
more things though before we start. – We started operating a few years ago and ever since then,
we have a lot of people that come on the bus. Give me some love. – Hi, baby.
– Hi honey. – I guess you could call it
like an education desert. There’s not the facilities;
there’s not the infrastructure, and it’s difficult for students to get to where there are classrooms, so it was designed with that in mind. And the fact that the bus is unique, there’s a sense of pride with that that OK, this is maybe a community that has been historically underserved but now, we have something
that no one else has. – We serve everyone from
different walks of life, we have people that’s
working, that’s not working, we have people from age
16 to 116, doesn’t matter. Some people come with their kids, some people come straight from work, some people come before
they have to go to work, they put a lot of time and effort in ’cause they really want their education. (knocks) Hi, it’s Shelia. Hi honey. My role on this bus is to go out to the different neighborhoods and knock on people’s doors. I’ll go wherever they need me to be, ’cause I’m that person
that tries to get them in and try to keep them in. Hi, how you doing, I’m
going to give you this, it’s about Five Keys. If you know anybody that need a GED or high school diploma, right
there, that big green bus. Totally free. I’ll call them; I’ll bug them; I’ll text them; I’ll email
them, whatever it takes. I just want you to get
your education, that’s it. I didn’t even know how
to read a book to my son, and I got four kids, my oldest is 30. I let them know my story
like I couldn’t read, so don’t be ashamed that you can’t read, that you can’t do math,
that you dropped out in fifth, sixth grade, it doesn’t matter, just come on back and we got you. I can show you, better, I can tell you. – [Man] OK. – OK, nice meeting you guys.
– You too. – See you on Thursday. You too, God bless. – It be hard in the morning getting up, but guess what? It’s worth it, because
you come here to learn things that you never
learned or never knew. It’s an encouraging
thing, it’s like you know, I’m getting ready, it’s
like I’m going to school, I feel like a big kid,
it’s like, you know? – So I have a total of 20 squares. – I dropped out of school
in the sixth grade. Since then, it has been
one heck of a ride. I always have some excuse
as to why I couldn’t get it done, but it wasn’t no excuse. Now we’re working on algebra
and I’m looking forward to graduating at the next graduation. – This bus has impacted hundreds of lives in these different neighborhoods. It makes me happy to see a mother or a father come on
this bus with their kids and push through. I don’t want them to feel like we’re just another program that
came in the neighborhood and now we’re gone, because we’re here; we’re here to stay, so
that’s why I keep going ’cause I want them to
know that we’re real. Four.
– Yeah! – Yay, high five, ah. God gave me a second chance, and I wanna show people that they can get a second chance too.

100 thoughts on “This School on a Bus Is Bringing Education to Everyone”

  1. Is it totally volunteer? Have support for government or sombody else, or about donations to help her with this big good idea?

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  3. God bless n God give u long life so that u can bring people out of darkness.lots of love.u r hope for meny people n happyness for lots of people.respect

  4. Education deserts (:-( in crazy-wealthy America (:-( Grateful for the education I've taken for granted; wondering how difficult it is learning elementary school material as adult. Thank you, Five Keys!

  5. lol they delivered a black homosexual guy from antisocialisim. theybreally i. the hood with it too ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

  6. This is a FANTASTIC idea. You go girl๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
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    The 6 thumbs down… disgusting!

  7. What an inspired idea! And it's obviously making the world a much better place for the people who make use of it, not to mention all the rest of us too! Thank you!

  8. I love seeing projects like these. I am studying right now to become a teacher one day because I realize how important education is. I also volunteer at my community centre to help the kids in the neighbourhood with their homework and their lessons and it means a lot to me. I hope I can do something as meaningful as Five Keys for the people around me.

  9. That's amazing and I'm glad so many people are given a second chance. I hope more schools like this one pop up everywhere!!!

  10. I wouldnโ€™t be surprised if the quality of education from innovative ideas like these are better than most urban school districts.

  11. Thank you for inspiring others, thank you for helping them in need, bless you wonderful lady and your team, amen!

  12. What a wonderful, inspiring GREAT idea! This should be done in ALL underserved communities in this country. I love that the bus is turned into a classroom on wheels so people of all ages can get their high school diploma or GED. I love it!

  13. Just gonna say, as of the time of this comment there is 11 dislikes, that is the least I've seen on a video by a channels with over 1m subs. I love great big story.

  14. David Foster Wallace's everyday Virtue in full effect. Lovely. The reason people listen to her is because she lived and still lives the example and if you listen to her its clear she speaks from a place of sincerity and honesty wich people can feel. Nietzsche used to say that Philosophy needs examples to be taken serious and this is exactly what he meant in action.

  15. Iโ€™m so excited that you guys have this bus available people! It makes my heart so happy! Thank for being willing to help people. All the people involved in this have a servantโ€™s heart!! Hugs to you all!! ๐Ÿค—

  16. That what I call someone who is Brave enough and have lots of courage to do this kind of difficult things for others.

  17. i thought the mighty usa is a first world country yet its education system is so pathetic!! anyway great job lady!!

  18. I didn't know how to solve an algebraic equation until my first year of college. No joke. I literally skated by all throughout highschool quietly struggling in math. Excelled in Science and English but math was my weakness. People should not be ashamed, our education system is a big part of the problem.

  19. This is why Iโ€™m studying to become a teacher! Education aka learning to read, write and do basic maths changes everything…

  20. LADY,
    GOD BLESSED YOU
    YOU ARE A BLEESING TO OTHERS.

    I SAY THANK YOU,
    FOR THE WONDERFUL THINGS THAT YOU ARE DOING FOR THESE PEOPLE WITH OUT HOPE.

    I DO SOMETHING SIMILER
    BUT NOT IN A BUS.

    I DO CLASSES AT HOME ONCE A WEEK ON SAT.
    FOR ELDERS
    I TEACH ENGLISH AND I DO LIFE COACHING.

    ON THIS SATURDAY I WILL TEACH ABOUT YOU.

    IF YOU LIKE TO SEE OUR STUDENTS
    PLEAE SEND YOUR MAIL ADDRESS TO
    [email protected]

    THANKS AGAIN
    ASANKA WAIDYARATHNE
    FOUNDER – DUKE LANGUAGE CENTER
    CEYLON

  21. I can only find locations in california ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ any similar in texas?????????
    (Google isnt very helpful)

  22. This is wonderful work. I am glad she is out there. I am however shocked that America is such a shit hole, that this charity is required.

  23. So what about your story on Desmond is amazing, where you disabled comments and glamorized the sexualization of a CHILD?

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  25. Iโ€™m gonna be honest. I want this Lady to teach me what i didnt learn in school simply because its on a bus ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Great Big Story, thank you for showing others that the beauty of SF is not limited to the Golden Gate Bridge but is found in our people โค

  27. SCHOOL ON A BUS??!!

    Good idea

    Imagine school on an airplane or on a cruise that would be more fun but this is still a good idea

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