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BikeVON is a tax-exempt not-for-profit organization created in January 2014. The objective is to teach Metro Detroit youth ages 9 - 16, competitive velodrome and road cycling, rules and laws of cycling in Michigan, nutritional for a health body and provide bike share facilities for community centers. Mission Statement: To increase cycling awareness, accessibility and affordability for youth in Metro Detroit ages 11 - 18, while teaching them the core values of diversity, inclusion, a healthy lifestyle and community service to support their health and emotional issues facing under-active children of today. Educate, Advocate, and Motivate Through Cycling Vision: BikeVON envisions competitive cycling teams (velodrome, rode and BMX) comprised of youth of color and bike share facilities at Metro Detroit community centers.
The program is title The Velodrome Program. It offers Metro Detroit youth from under-resourced communities experiences for:
- Learn the discipline associated with being an athlete.
- To set goals and train to become part of a competitive cycling team.
- Experiences to benefit from mentoring by our experienced coaches.
- To learn and practice how to eat and exercise for a healthy life.
- To learn how to become active citizens in their community.
The major challenges for BikeVON is transportation; transportation of the youths and bikes and food. The effect limits the number of participants. Due to the ages of the youth, hours of practice and location of the facility is the program requires the organization to pick up and return the kids home. The facilities are not on a major bus route. Parents are either at work or do not have transportation to assist transporting youth.
The uniqueness of the year 11 month program is the time a youth is immerse in the environment to support a change in behavior. Research shows,
BikeVON is a supportive environment where youths and adults are practicing exercising and eating healthy together. This is extremely important because many families do not model that behavior.
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