What's Happening this Summer?

With school wrapping up many people have been wondering how they can keep their children active and involved over the summer months. I wanted to lay out some options that hopefully can keep kids busy in a variety of ways!

First, youth are always encouraged to volunteer with us. We have volunteer nights on Tuesdays and Thursdays form 6-8pm. These volunteer nights are not "youth specific," but there are many youth who are involved during these nights and it can be a great time for the whole family. During these volunteer nights we spend a lot of time repairing kids' bikes that will be given away during our Kids B.A.S.H. or stripping apart bikes for parts. It is a great way for anyone to get more familiar with bikes! We encourage all volunteers to attend a volunteer orientation which is held on the first Tuesday of every month. If these dates don't work, or you would like to get involved sooner, please feel free to email me!

For kids looking to learn more specific mechanical skills and who are ages 13-18 we have a Mechanic's Apprentice class. This is an 8 session course that is designed to teach youth most of the mechanic's skills necessary to maintain and service their own bike. We have shifted away from a formal evening group class to a one on one hands-on class to be scheduled during shop open hours. Once members complete the requirements and pass a hands-on test they receive a Mechanic's Apprentice Certificate and a membership so they can keep coming in to the shop and practice their skills.

This summer we also have a unique opportunity in collaboration with The Cabin (a non-profit dedicated to inspiring young writers). This opportunity is in the form of a week long summer writing camp that is themed around bikes! Students will spend the first hour with BBP learning bike safety, history, and whatever else bike-themed our presenters can come up with! The camp runs from June 20-24th. For more information please visit http://www.thecabinidaho.org/event/words-on-wheels-with-the-boise-bicycle-project-grades-6-9/.

Be sure to check our calendar regularly for mobile kids fix-it nights and other youth related activities. Also, if you have any ideas for ways to get your youth involved or for events you would like to see, please let me know! And, until next time, thanks for POPin' in.

Anser, Bike-A-Thons, and Goings Ons

Happy Wednesday to All! I want to start off with some news that we received from Anser Charter School on Wednesday, May 18th. To preface, I was invited to their end of year celebration of learning and told that some members of a science class would be honoring BBP for our service to the community. I happily accepted the invitation and was excited to attend the event as I have been teaching an elective bike mechanic's class at Anser over the last few weeks and know many of the students. I went in with the expectation that they would be giving a general thank you and a hand shake, but what they gave was much more.

The students in Anser's four science classes were asked to research a non-profit in Boise, and then present their findings to their peers. Peers in each class then voted for their top 3, and the top 3 then presented to aboard of faculty and peers and answered questions in a panel type discussion. After the second presentation classes voted for their top pick out of the 3 and BBP won in two classes! The students at Anser never fail to amaze me. They show a commitment to their community and are genuinely interested in making Boise a better place for their future.

At the presentation one of the students who attends the Thursday elective gave a very professional introduction of BBP and what we do for the community. He then presented BBP with a check for $1,500 which was received in coordination with a grant that Anser received from Century Link! I was blown away and not expecting this at all, and in the middle of our RtRtR campaign, this was a phenomenal gift. I can't thank Anser and their students enough for being generous enough to give back to BBP.

In other POPin news, yesterday I accompanied 16 students and some wonderful volunteers from Garfield Elementary in a ride from Garfield to Ivywild Park and back. Many students are participating in our Bike-A-Thon and will get to record a couple of miles for their records. Students learned how to ride in a group and how the dynamics of a group ride work. It was awesome to see many of these students riding bikes that they received from a Kids' Bash and it was a reminder that students are out riding these bikes every day and that the work our staff, volunteers, and community puts in is truly making a difference. The ride went smoothly and everyone had a blast! They were rewarded with some time to play in the park and some even got an after-ride ride in to Jackson for some refreshments!

The BBP Mobile Fix-It Calendar is also filling up and we will be needing volunteers to help out in the coming weeks/months. This week on May 26th we have a mobile fix-it night at Pioneer Community Center from 5-7 p.m. At the mobile fix-it nights we pull The Max Mobile Repair Trailer to different locations and offer free kids' bike repair. We will provide stands, tools, and basic repair parts for our volunteers and mechanics to get these bikes taken care of. These fix-it nights can get pretty full, and the more volunteer help we get the better. You can sign up here: http://boisebicycleproject.volunteerlocal.com/volunteer/?id=14761

While the link says "mechanical assistance" we can use any volunteer in any capacity, whether it is organizing the kids in an orderly fashion on our repair sign-up board, or just chatting with them about bikes, bike safety, or dinosaurs. It's going to be a good time. Be sure to check the BBP calendar for other mobile fix-it night opportunities, and until next time, thanks for POPin in!

Foothills School

First session with the students from the Boise Foothills School of Arts !!! 1st class, how to fix a flat.

Welcome on BBP's new blog for Youth of Promises.

Welcome on BBP's new blog for youth of promises! Here, you will find information about classes, schedules, events and much more.

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I would like to start this blog by sharing a picture of Evan (13 yr/old) and Sam (14yr/old). Evan is my youngest and most promising student. Sam just got his first bike from us, and he may be one of our future students. In Africa, bicycles are the easiest way of transportation and we believe that here too. Sam was really excited because his little brother and sister also got a free bike from our kids give away program. He will be able to commute to school everyday, and he expresses the desire to learn about bicycle mechanics so he can help fix his and his sibling's bikes. Most importantly, he wants to give back to his community.