What is (L)earn-a-Bike?
(L)earn-a-Bike is a program in the Harrisonburg/Rockingham area built on a long standing partnership between Harrisonburg Gift & Thrift Shops, Inc. and Virginia’s Department of Juvenile Justice. Its current objective is to provide local at-risk youth practical hands-on learning mediated by positive, enthusiastic role models. This is accomplished in a bicycle shop setting with a 2 to 1 participant-instructor ratio. Over fifty court appointed youth have been referred to the (L)earn-a-Bike program since its inception.
The course provides opportunities for: skill-building, collaborative problem solving, and practical and sustainable transportation: a bicycle. During the 16 hours of structured classroom time, each student tears down a donated bicycle, services its components, and reassembles it. Upon completion of the class, students are given the choice to either keep the bike, or donate it to a partner organization, Bicycles for Refugees, as a viable transportation option for a local refugee.
Here is how you can help:
- Donate $25 (provides snacks for a class)
- Donate $50 (provides parts to refurbish a bike)
- Donate $250 (1 student completes a class)
- Donate $500 (2 students complete a class)
- Any donation amount is appreciated
- Bicycle donations are welcome
Checks payable to “Harrisonburg Gift & Thrift” with Bike Program in the memo, please.
For more information, please contact Brad Burrow at [email protected].or email
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