We've been at this for ten years now, and we've grown a lot.
We're more in touch with how the needs of the community can be addressed through our mission, students who have been through programs are paid to lead program improvement, and we're learning how to establish ourselves as an anti-racism organization along the way. We have a solid foundation to move forward into the next few years with. We have an incredible team of board members, staff members, youth board members, and volunteers already implementing this new plan, and we're (perhaps unreasonably) excited to unveil our plans to you. We know what needs improving, we know what we're good at, and we can't wait to dive into 2019 with our community. Thank you for partnering in this work with us!
Usually once the snow starts to fall, we slow down quite a bit.
Friday Morning: Stryker Builds Bikes
We just officially launched a special winter corporate Bike Build Experience package where your team can buy bikes for youth who are in need of one, and come to our workshop to build them together! A team of engineers from Stryker Instruments joined us in the morning for bike building fun. We deliver those bikes, helmets, and locks to young people who are experiencing financial and/or circumstantial hardships that make earning a bike with us themselves a challenge.
Friday Afternoon: Jayden Gets a New Bike
Friday Evening: Chloe + Girl Scouts + Bike Badge
The 4th Annual Kalamazoo Tweed Ride was a big success, thanks to all of you!
Once we all reached Old Dog, the party began! A generous spread of appetizers from Old Dog Tavern, three-legged races, giant ribbons for best-dressed, a big bike raffle, and a classic pie-in-the-face made for a fairly memorable day. THANK YOU to our sponsors, guests, volunteers, Youth Advisory Board, staff, Board of Directors, and Old Dog.
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Erin Denay, Executive Director - In Coordination with: Open Roads staff and board members, youth and parents, and dedicated program partners