Crank Cycling is proud to announce our support of VeloYouth. VeloYouth is an incredible program that uses cycling to empower and improve the lives of at risk youth. VeloYouth works with kids from area middle schools, including the Monarch School for students impacted by homelessness. Cycling is a fundamental part of their program, but it isn't the whole program. For VeloYouth, cycling serves as a foundation upon which the kids learn about Self Respect, Teamwork, Achievement and Responsibility. As cyclists we all know the many positives that cycling has on our lives, and the people at VeloYouth want to share that with these kids. Many of the kids in the program don't have much to be positive about. But Velo Youth is a positive force in the lives of these young people. The VeloYouth program teaches kids that people care about them, it teaches kids to care about themselves, and it teaches them to care about each other. Our goal is to raise a minimum of $5000 dollars for VeloYouth by the end of 2013. $5000 is enough to do a an entire 6 week session with a group of 20 kids from these at risk schools. Our ultimate goal would be to raise a total of $20,000 by the end of 2013. This is enough to put 80 at risk kids through the program, including a each child earning their own bike. We'll have to raise this money a little bit at a time, and we'll be asking our friends and customers to help us. They way we will ask you to help us is this: We'll be doing several free classes, clinics and supported rides in the coming months, and at each one of these events, we'll collecting donations for VeloYouth. We'll also arrange some winter trainer sessions at some local bike shops, with all proceeds going to VeloYouth. So look for emails, tweets, blogposts and Facebook posts in the near future to see how you can have fun on your bike and help out a great local charity.
PS: If you have any ideas on how to raise money for VeloYouth, then shoot me a line. I'm all ears!