Native group that teaches life classes by way of bikes says it wants some assist in efforts to serve college students

In a typical 12 months, greater than 500 children take part in Group Bike Works’ Earn a Bike program.

However the previous few years have been something however typical.

“I believe COVID had highlighted the necessity for college kids, I believe we realized numerous college students with their absence of being at school, their absence in partaking in different packages, they have not had these different contact factors,” stated Joshua Ortiz, a companion and youth mentor at Group Bike Works.

Group Bike Works is making an attempt to fill that void by way of their varied packages situated all through the Lehigh Valley. Of their hottest 12-week program, Earn a Bike, children be taught all the things from upkeep and repairs to security, and as soon as accomplished, they get their very own bike.

However organizers say they’re having a provide and demand concern.

“When you have a motorbike in your rack, in your basement, storage, we take all bikes in any situation and I can not stress sufficient we positively want extra bikes so we are able to serve extra college students,” Ortiz stated.

Ortiz is aware of firsthand that enrolling in this system teaches extra than simply bike expertise. He started in this system when he was 11.

“Bike Works has actually poured loads into me, whereas I used to be in faculty, I graduated from Temple College with the help from numerous the volunteers and mentors right here,” Ortiz stated.

Ortiz now works for the group, and following in his footsteps is Jose Mont De Oca.

“It felt like dwelling and it was actually secure, they’re prepared that can assist you after which I began turning into extra of a volunteer,” Mont De Oca stated.

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And if you do not have an additional bike mendacity round, however like to journey, a fundraiser bike journey is being held on Could 22.