Exciting Program Updates and New Beginnings at 2nd Cycle!
Hello, 2nd Cycle community!
We have some fantastic news to share with you about the exciting changes happening at our organization. As we approach the end of the year, we want to keep you in the loop about the recent developments and upcoming programs that are shaping our mission to empower youth and strengthen our community.
1. Earn A Bike Expands!
After a year-long hiatus, we're thrilled to announce the return of our Earn A Bike program. The overwhelming demand from eager students has encouraged us to increase our offerings. Starting this year, we're hosting sessions not just once but twice a week! This expansion is a testament to your support and the dedication of our team in making these opportunities accessible to even more young individuals.
2. Diversion Program Success
Our Diversion program has been a remarkable success this year. This initiative aims to support young individuals who have had minor run-ins with the law, helping them stay on the right path. These youngsters, aged 8 to 17, who don't have a prior criminal history, often find themselves in need of a second chance. We've been working closely with the Pierce County Juvenile Court system for many years and we hope to further expand these vital programs in 2024. Your support and involvement are instrumental in making this happen.
3. Open Shop Updates
Our Open Shop program is back and going strong, thanks to your participation on Saturdays. However, we encountered a slow restart when we introduced the program on Mondays. To better accommodate our community, we've decided to move the Monday session to Fridays. This means that we now have Open Shop on Fridays from 10 AM to 4 PM and Saturdays from 12 PM to 6 PM. If you want to see this program grow and add a third day a week, join us at Bike Stories to support this endeavor.
4. Exciting New Programs on the Horizon
We're always looking for ways to expand our reach and impact. This December, we're introducing two new programs:
- Major Taylor Project at Hilltop Heritage Middle School: In partnership with Metroparks and Club B, we're launching the Major Taylor Project. This initiative aims to instill a love for cycling and promote a healthy lifestyle among middle school students.
- SAFE CYCLE (Safe Streets, Advocacy, Fostering, Education, Community, Youth Cycling, Life Long Skills, Empowerment): This high school-aged program will be run out of our classroom, focusing on advocacy, community engagement, and lifelong skills development.
We are currently hard at work developing the curriculum for these programs and are incredibly excited to see the positive impact they will have on our community.
5. Reviving Pedals 4 the People (P4P) - Help Us Make It Happen!
One of the programs close to our hearts is the "Pedals 4 the People (P4P)" initiative, which provides adult bike giveaways to those in need. We understand the vital role that transportation plays in people's lives, and this program aims to empower individuals with the gift of mobility.
However, due to current funding constraints, we're unable to kickstart the P4P program at this moment. We believe in the transformative power of this initiative and are committed to bringing it back to life.
How You Can Help:
Our hope is that Bike Stories this year will provide the necessary funding to revive the P4P program. We're counting on the generosity and support of our community to make this a reality. Your contribution, whether it's through attending Bike Stories, making a donation, or spreading the word, can be a crucial step in bringing this valuable program back to life.
Share Your Ideas:
We value your input and creativity. If you have ideas on how to fund the P4P program or if you'd like to get involved in any way, please don't hesitate to contact us at Admin@2ndcycle.com. We believe that together, we can find innovative solutions to make P4P a reality and continue to make a difference in our community.
Stay tuned for more updates, and thank you for being a part of the 2nd Cycle family.
2nd Cycle Programs Team