Community Bike Works may have done the nearly impossible in Allentown community. Organization offers inner-city children living in at-risk situations with significant work-ethic alternatives to gangs, drugs and the streets.
When this perspective was introduced to Stefan Goslawski, bike shop owner and former teacher, in June 1994 with a letter written by 81 year old woman, Stefan felt he had a mission.
As most of his friends and colleagues know already, when it comes down to the community volunteer work Snacky Matz’s Pete Ambrosino is no stranger to it. His dedication to Community Bike Works is no different; he serves as an Earn a Bike instructor and mentors students after school. His experience so far has been very positive and has given him a great deal of pleasure. Everyone is always quite surprised when he mentions how this program works but students begin their journey through Bike Works in Earn a Bike, and may then play a part in their full range of programs. It is fantastic, all programs are offered at no cost, and students may participate until they turn 18. You can’t go wrong here!
Sometimes in the time it takes to encourage young children and prepare them for the future, they can lose interest and get distracted by negative influences on the streets. Without a proper way to monitor, nurture and engage youth, Community Bike Works organization would dry overtime. That’s why it is especially important that this outstanding program through use of bicycles, peer role models and adult supporters can influence students’ conduct and their attitude about school and life.
The often overlooked consequences of lack of the mentorship programs in communities are significant from a human and socioeconomic perspective; and while we’re only looking at local statistics, this is a global concern. To advance students’ access to development opportunities, it’s critical that all aspects of the public and private education industry work together to increase awareness about the need to better assess students not just academically but also to provide the best social and educational “therapy” for their unique needs. We know that with the right opportunity, young people have huge potential to make an impact in their communities.
Community Bike Works has been very successful because of their volunteers and community enthusiasts. Whether you want to make a contribution in the form on an old bike, make a financial donation, or devote time to work with students, the organization will be happy to receive your help. To learn more please visit their website at http://www.communitybikeworks.org