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ORGANIZATION: Ecology Action

Help create a generation of empowered skillful young cyclists!

Volunteers and interns for the Bike Smart Youth Bicycle Safety Program will be assisting elementary and middle school youth learn about pedestrian and bike safety. We set up a bicycle safety skills obstacle course, called a "rodeo" and bring bikes for the students to ride. We also fit helmets and guide the students through different stations in the obstacle course. This is a fun, active and outdoor activity!

Bike Smart has been conducting bicycle safety trainings to individuals of all ages since 2006. We aim at creating a safe and fun learning environment for young cyclist of all skill levels.

Bike Smart operates during the school year and school hours, and volunteers are always needed. We ask that volunteers commit to a minimum of six events over a six month time period.

Internships must be for school credit only.

*Volunteers/Interns must clear a background check, live scan, and provide a negative TB test along with proof of COVID vaccination

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About Ecology Action

Location:

877 Center Street Ste 240, SANTA CRUZ, CA 95060, US

Mission Statement

Ecology Action is passionately driven to empower individuals, businesses, and communities to take actions today that achieve environmental and economic sustainability.

Description

BIKE TO SCHOOL DAY: Is a monthly incentive program held at 7 schools through out the county. Volunteers set up a table in front of school at the beginning of the day and have students sign in if they biked, walked, skated, or scootered to school. Students receive small prizes and are entered into a raffle to win more prizes for the day like bike lights, locks and helmets. We currently need a volunteer at Del Mar Elementary School in Live Oak and H.A. Hyde Elementary School in Watsonville. BIKE SMART: Help create a generation of empowered skillful young cyclists! Volunteers for the BikeSmart Youth Bicycle Safety Program will be assisting elementary and middle school youth learn about bike safety. We set up a bicycle safety skills obstacle course, called a "rodeo" and bring bikes for the students to ride. We also fit helmets and guide the students through different stations in the obstacle course. This is an outdoor activity, really fun and interactive with lots of laughing while learning. In the ten years that BikeSmart has been active, we have provided hands-on bike safety training to over 18,000 youth in Santa Cruz County. For some students, this is their first time riding a bike and by the end of the day, they are riding strong! BikeSmart operates during the school year and school hours, and volunteers are always needed. We encourage volunteers to commit to a minimum of 2 hours per month. Active4Me & Boltage: Are free student active transportation programs where children earn prizes by walking, biking, scootering and skateboarding to school. Children's trips, miles traveled, calories burned and greenhouse gases saved are uploaded to an online tracking program. The more trips kids have the more prizes they earn. When students arrive at school "actively" they scan in with a volunteer using a handheld scanner (Active4Me) or zap in through an RFID reader (Boltage). We want to create healthy life-long habits by getting kids excited about riding/walking/skating/scootering to school. We are looking for volunteers to help with our south county schools: Mintie White, Starlight and H.A. Hyde. Morning volunteer opportunities include scanning and hand out prizes to students. Afternoon volunteers are also needed to help manage the monthly "Active4Me store" where students can buy fun prizes with the points they have acquired from their active trips to school. Office work: If you would rather work in office we have many in office tasks available. Please contact Erin Devitt at edevitt@ecoact.org or by phone (513) 833-1454 with any questions. We look forward to hearing from you!

CAUSE AREAS

Children & Youth
Environment
Sports & Recreation
Children & Youth, Environment, Sports & Recreation

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Multiple locations Santa Cruz, CA 95060

(36.9796,-122.042)
 

SKILLS

  • General Education
  • Mentoring
  • Youth Services
  • Environmental Education
  • Child Development
  • Physical Education

GOOD FOR

  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Volunteers: At least once a month for 6 months. Must be available during weekday mornings. Interns: 5-15 hours per week; minimum of 5 weeks commitment. Candidates must be available 1-3 weekday mornings
  • Background check, finger printing, negative TB test, and proof of vaccination. Bike Smart events take place at various school sites in Monterey County; therefore, a valid CA driver's license is necessary to get to these locations

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