Saturday, January 24, 2015

Bike Club Coordinator

Want to empower kids with us?  We are hiring for a part-time Bike Club Coordinator this Spring! Woohoo!
We are looking for an enthusiastic, driven person to help our Bike Club kids reach their full potential this school year, This is a part-time hourly position, approximately 20-30 hrs/wk.  Program times are between 12:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Responsibilities
Lead groups of youth ages 12-18 in mapping, environmental science and community service activities
Work with Executive Director and Program Coordinator to plan special activities and create opportunities for youth leadership
Serve as the main leader of club activities at all program sites assigned
Lead group bike rides with youth from program sites
Ensure safety of all participants in bike rides and community service
Other responsibilities as required by supervising staff
Evaluate programs and collaborate on ways to improve programs and evaluation tools.

Qualifications
Must be at least 18 years old
Prior youth development experience required
Prior experience with bicycling programs encouraged, but not required
Must be comfortable leading bike rides in traffic.
Must be able to ride a bicycle 10-15 miles with youth.
Must be first aid and CPR certified within 30 days of employment
Must be able to pass a background check
Must be able to work as a team with other program staff and supervisor

How to apply: Send your resume and a cover letter to Ben Alexander, freewheelsforkids@gmail.com.
Contact: Ben Alexander, Executive Director
913-205-3073   Freewheelsforkids@gmail.com

Monday, December 29, 2014

2014 was a good year!

Happy New Year and thank you for your support!
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FreeWheels empowers kids with bikes, right in the heart of the city. Read on to find out more.

FreeWheels is rolling into 2015!

It has been a great year, please join us in keeping a good thing going! Donate online here!



This picture captures so much about why FreeWheels exists. Even at first glance, a middle school student just having fun, seeing if he can get some air under his tires over a sewer grate in the woods behind his school is a great visual of the power of a good ride.

But it's not that simple.  That student is borrowing a bike from a friend of his in Bike Club because he doesn't want to mess up the fenders and rack on his daily ride-to-school bike, his main mode of transportation. He has repaired half a dozen bikes for others, and is a go-to authority in repair classes now.

He's also riding over a sewer grate that until recently was covered by rusty cans, tires, and broken glass. hundreds of volunteers, including students from two of our bike clubs, spent thousands of hours clearing honeysuckle, picking up trash and sculpting lines to make the "Rozarks" trails a reality.

Just over 18 months ago, the trails didn't exist.  There were some unofficial shortcuts that were strangely clean of trash (We found out that kids walking to school picked up trash as they went, keeping their routes sparkling clean!),  ut no trails, just an abandoned quarry next to a school. The "Rozarks" trails around the Rosedale Arch were just built in the last 18 months, and close to three miles of trail has been reclaimed from a few shortcuts and lots of antique trash in the woods to provide a great outdoor classroom/shortcut to school/mountain bike paradise to the kids who go to school there. 


Of course, Bike Club isn't all pristine urban trails and bike commuting.  Some of our mapping exercises turn into a story hour of fleeing from danger in Burma, Malaysia, Eritrea and Kansas City. We've pulled every possible flat-maker out of tires on rides. Sometimes (less often all the time) people in cars go out of their way to let us know  how unhappy they are. Many of our students have lived or are living through trauma no one should have to face, especially before their 14th birthday.

That's why we do what we do.  We build trails and ride bikes and overhaul headsets and take training wheels off because we see the smile-mixed-with-concentration as a kid forgets all about the dangerous mine that drove his family from their hometown far away and focuses on trying to adjust his hubs juuuuust right for maximum speed.  We do it because nailing a sketchy off-road line on a heavy BMX just has a way of taking your mind off the gang members hanging out in the courtyard at home.  We do it because we know kids would rather bike down to the river and skip rocks than play video games or worse.  We do it because we have students who make a game of yelling "I like your [car/hat/bike/shirt/whatever]!" to everyone they see, and that has a way of making KCK seem like a pretty friendly place.

In 2014, we had five Bike Clubs, with kids from one site or another riding every single day, building trails, surveying new ones, picking up trash, liking every hat they saw, trying to throw rocks to the other shore, repairing close to 100 bikes for littler kids(!) and generally making KC a safe and healthy place to live.With your support, we plan to keep growing in 2015.  Help us make it happen by donating online. You can find more information about donating here.

Help us make 2015 even better. See you out there on the road!
Rosedale Bike Club practices their bike-handling by jumping off this drain in the woods by their school.  
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Friday, December 19, 2014

Keep it rolling!



Thank you for your support!
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2014 has been a great year.  Help us keep a good thing going into 2015!

Thank you for your support for FreeWheels, let's keep it going!

FreeWheels for Kids is the only kid-centered bike organization in Kansas City, and we are asking for your support! 

It is truly amazing what FreeWheels has accomplished in just a few short years.  Yes, we are excited about the hundreds of bikes we have repaired and given away with our Master Mechanics (also known as middle-schoolers!), but the real accomplishments are those of our students, who build trails, perform commnuity service, and are fast becoming tomorrow's leaders of Kansas City. Those are the things that make us charge forward into 2015 confident that, with your help, our students can truly transform Kansas City and make safe, healthy communities.

Read more about FreeWheels's plans for 2015 below

Don't forget, it's bike drive season! Clear some room in that garage or attic and help KC kids at the same time! Come see us this Saturday at the Trek Store or Velo+.  We will be happy to regale you with stories of crazy kids on bikes!

Now it's time to ask for your help! You can find more information about donating here ordonate directly here.  Thank you for your support!
 
Rosedale Bike Club practices their bike-handling by jumping off this drain in the woods by their school.  
Bryan Kidney, founding member of FreeWheels's Board of Driectors and current President, has seen incredible growth and impact from our programs. 
To  FreeWheels Supporters,

In this giving season I’d like to take a moment to explain what we have accomplished with your tax-deductible donations.  Four years ago, a small group of volunteers believed in Ben Alexander’s vision of empowering the often overlooked pre-teen and teenage population through bikes. Three years ago this month, we incorporated FreeWeels for Kids as a 501c3 charity and began an amazing group of programs that is making true changes in Kansas City.

Our first program was the “Earn a Bike” Class, where kids work on a donated bike, strip it down and repair it and then donate that bike back to a younger kid in their neighborhood thereby earning their own bike to repair.  The second program is Let's Get Rolling, a class teaches fourth graders how to begin the adventure of riding your bike. In the fall we return to the now fifth grade PE classes and teach traffic safety and the responsibility of sharing the roads.

Finally, our pinnacle program that truly embodies our mission of empowering kids through bikes is our Bike Club program. To be a part of this after school program, kids must endeavor to make their community a better place. Each club determines what it takes to make a better community. This past year, one of our clubs successfully lobbied the Unified Government of Kansas City/Wyandotte County for proper sidewalks along the streets they use to get to school. Another club was successful in getting a portion of the Kansas City levy accessible for bikes. And another club created a great cycling map showing others how to safely get across town. Other clubs built trails that allowed them to use their bikes to get to school.

With your help we have truly empowered kids through bikes. Our kids come from all walks of life and demographics representing at least 12 languages and many more cultures.  Thank you for all you have given in the past.

As our impact has grown, you have been there with us, helping us make ends meet even as our staff and students take on bigger and bigger projects. We have quickly gone from an all-volunteer organization to a 2015 budget with two full-time and three part-time staff members and a budget of over $300,000.  We plan to repair at least 240 bikes in 2015 with our more than 200 Bike Club students, teach bike safety and help more than 1,400 students arrive safely to school, and introduce at least 300 of our youngest students to the joy of no-training-wheels at community events.  Those are big goals, and we need your help to make it happen!

We are making a difference in Kansas City. The kids in our community are amazing and we want to reach our goals in 2015. Would you please considerdonating and helping us empower kids through bikes?

We wish you all happy holidays and a safe New Year.

Bryan Kidney, President of the Board
 
Holiday Bike Drives!

It's that time of year, stay tuned for bike drives with our wonderful bike shop partners.  See you there!

(See the events calendaror contact us for more info.)
 
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Happy Holidays from FreeWheels!


We teach bike repair, bike safety and leadership skills to kids, and we need your help! We reach hundreds of students every year, repair and give out hundreds of bikes, and are making real change happen in our communities, making safe streets that all can enjoy and making a healthier Kansas City. Please consider supporting us with a donation or keep reading to find out how to donate your bike.


Upcoming Bike Drives

We are collecting donated bikes at local bike shops this Christmas season.  We have students all the way from learning how to ride a bike into high school and need both children’s and adult bikes.  For more information, email freewheelsforkids@gmail.com.

Bike drive locations:
Saturday, December 13, 11:00-3:00

BikeSource, 3701 W. 95th St., Leawood, KS

Saturday, December 20, 11:00-3:00

Trek Store of Kansas City, 10412 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Shawnee KS, 66205 and

Velo+, 13440 Santa fe Trail Dr., Lenexa KS, 66215




Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Give online!

Thank you for your support!
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2014 has been a great year.  Help us keep a good thing going into 2015!

Happy Giving Tuesday!

FreeWheels for Kids is the only kid-centered bike organization in Kansas City, and we are asking for your support!


 
Rosedale Bike Club practices their bike-handling by jumping off this drain in the woods by their school.  
Every day at 3:00, kids in Kansas City are running down the hallways of their schools, full of energy and excited to be able to talk to their friends, get some exercise, and get outside.

Five minutes later, most of them are strapped in cars, headed home to play games by themselves.

But not Bike Club.  Every single day, FreeWheels Bike Clubs are excitedlyplanning their route for the daydigging out honeysuckle stumpsadvocating for bike lanesbuilding trailsfixing bikes and working for their community.

Of course, FreeWheels doesn't just hang out with our middle school students all the time.  We also teach bike safety skills courses to the entire community, teach 4th and 5th grade students how to ride safely and work with city leaders to help bring our students' plans to fruition.

As we wrap up Bike Club season (but not biking season!), we need your help to make 2015 even better!  Please consider making an online donation or donating your old bike(s).

 
Holiday Bike Drives!

It's that time of year, stay tuned for bike drives with our wonderful bike shop partners.  See you there!

(See the events calendaror contact us for more info.)
 


 
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