Bikes Not Bombs has been selected as a Boston Children’s Collaboration for Community Health funded partner. With the Children’s Services of Roxbury, this three-year, $300,000 grant and collaboration will allow us to provide bicycle-based learning programs to over 200 young people from under-resourced Boston neighborhoods to build skills, establish healthy habits, advance transportation equity, and develop a passion for cycling in safe, supported, trauma-sensitive environments. This collaboration will also allow us to establish a youth-led repair shop to serve over 1,500 Greater Roxbury residents.
Through 2024, Bikes Not Bombs seeks to achieve two primary objectives:
- Goal 1: Provide trauma-sensitive, bicycle-based learning programs to youth.
- BNB will graduate 200 youth graduates from Bike School.
- Youth will learn bike mechanics, practice urban riding, participate in therapeutic activities, and refurbish bikes to keep.
- Employ 10 youth in paid youth apprenticeships. Youth will master bike mechanics, build workplace and leadership skills, organize for transportation equity, and set post-secondary goals. Provide youth with trauma-focused, therapeutic support.
- Goal 2: Increase access to services that support bicycle infrastructure and culture in underserved communities.
- Serve 1,500 Greater Roxbury residents through a youth-led repair shop.
- Engage new local residents in monthly Ride for Black Lives.
“We are truly honored to be selected as a Boston Children’s Collaboration for Community Health partner because it provides us with the capacity to bring our programs and services to people who need them most. Currently there are no bike shops in Roxbury, a critical resource for any cyclist to survive and thrive. By expanding our physical presence to Roxbury, we will make significant progress on achieving our 2021-2025 strategic goals, particularly in the areas of: Goal 1: Racial Equity; Goal 3: Mission Effectiveness & Program Expansion; and Goal 5: Community Engagement With this innovative Collaboration for Community Health, we not only broaden our reach, but we will also be able to directly improve the health and well-being of the children and families we serve.”
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