Thursday, October 13, 2011

What we do

We teach kids to fix up donated bikes, give them the bikes and teach them to ride safely.

FreeWheels for Kids is designed to promote leadership, healthy living, volunteerism, citizenship and mobility for youth 6-18.

The mainstay of the program is the Earn-a-Bike curriculum, based on the very successful model of Recycle-a-Bicycle, a program of Transportation Alternatives (4). At the end of the six-week program, 15 new graduates ages 12-18 pass on the bikes they’ve repaired to children ages 6-11.

FreeWheels offers options for further involvement and leadership building to participants. Recipients are encouraged to return as Earn-a-Bike students and pass on the gift they received. Graduates are encouraged to volunteer in classes, form ride clubs, and plan and participate in FreeWheels events. FreeWheels is offered at no cost to participants.

FreeWheels for Kids Objectives:

Encourage cycling for recreation and transportation
Provide leadership opportunities for youth ages 12-18
Increase physical activity in participants.
Teach job skills, responsibility and dedication
Provide experience working with others to achieve a goal
Empower youth to use their bicycles to ride to school
Increase mobility and foster mature independence
Foster community between Kansas City area youth
Teach youth to repair bicycles and ride safely
To have fun!

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