A friend asked me last week what the Christmas Bike Build entails. Her question got me thinking that maybe others would also like to know, too. Each year, Revolutions receives donated kids bikes that we overhaul for the Christmas Kids Bikes project. We work with Shelby Farms and two programs at the YMCA: Y-CAP and the Multicultural Achieves.. The folks at the Y choose the children from these programs who will receive bikes. I thought you might like to know a bit more about what these programs do.
The YMCA says, on their website, about the Y-CAP program:
Y-CAP IS A PREVENTION AND EARLY INTERVENTION PROGRAM FOR AT-RISK YOUTH
A holistic approach is used to teach positive values and behaviors. In most cases, youth are first professionally referred to the Y-CAP program from juvenile court systems, school systems and other professional agencies. They are then engaged in activities that promote positive self-worth, goal-setting, improved behaviors, satisfactory academic performance and community service. The program also includes special components for parents/guardians and family members.
The Director of the Multicultural Achievers says:
The YMCA Multicultural Youth Achievers Program originates from our national YMCA Black Achievers program established in 1971 to motivate and encourage African American teens toward academic and career success. In keeping with the focus of the original founding model, our Multicultural Achievers remains committed to the development of all youth, and like the national Black Achievers movement, has expanded the scope of the program to incorporate all racial groups with an emphasis on minorities.
Our Multicultural Achievers Program at Health Innovations YMCA, focuses on a younger group of children so that we can instill in them at an earlier age the purpose of going to school, focusing on academic achievement and for setting educational goals beyond high school. At the same time, we work with goals for healthy living by providing nutrition and exercise instruction.
Although the program is designed to help youth achieve academic success, the program has components for the entire family. The program includes ESL classes for parents and we ask families to join us in financial literacy, nutrition and exercise classes, educational field trips, creative arts, fitness and career clusters.
And then there are the Revolutions volunteers who make this project possible. I counted, this week, and we have had thirty-two people help with this project. Thirty-two! And there is still time for you to help, too. We’re working on kid’s bikes on the dates, listed below. Don’t worry if you don’t know what to do. We can show you, when you arrive, what we’re working on and how you can jump in.
Upcoming Christmas Bike Build days and times:
Thursdays from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. — Nov. 20, Dec. 4
Mondays from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. — Dec. 1 and 8
Sundays from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. — Nov. 23 and Dec. 7
In December, you will have opportunities to volunteer that don’t involve turning a bicycle wrench.
On December 8, we will run a bike safety workshop with the children at their YMCA site. And then on December 11 and 15, we will host them at Revolutions and First Congregational Church for two Bike Rodeos. They will have a chance to try out the bikes we’ve been working on (fingers crossed that they fit!). And then they will practice safe road riding skills, in our parking lot obstacle course!
There will be more information, in upcoming newsletters, for how you can help with the Bike Safety and Bike Rodeo days. But mark your calendars, now!
Women’s Bike Chat, TODAY!
This month’s topic is Rules of the Road. This discussion won’t change driver behavior, but we hope to encourage each other in how we are riding (or hoping to ride) the streets of Memphis. We have some resources and visual aids to talk about. And we’ll share what does and doesn’t work on streets with or without bike lanes. Ladies, I hope you will join us with your experiences and questions.
Join us at 2:00 p.m. in Revolutions Bicycle Cooperative located at First Congregational Church (1000 S. Cooper). Enter off Cooper St. through our Bike Gate. And bring you bike, because if the weather is fine, we’ll take a short ride, afterwards, together!
Have You Heard? Revolutions Now Has a Booth in the Cooper-Young Farmers’ Market!
We have bike-y gifts, books and accessories, as well as gift memberships and tee-shirts. Have you started your Christmas gift shopping, yet? Check us out for all your bike-y friends!
I Can Fix That Class, TOMORROW!
This class has two spots left! Sign up here. (Classes are for members, only, but you can join when you arrive for class!).