Keeping with the Glencoe Educational Foundation's goal of supporting education, the GGP is partnering with West Town Bikes to promote a bike and donation drive. Bikes and other donations can be brought to the race, the kids race the day before (enter dates and times of kids race, WTB will be there). Contact Michael Young to arrange pickup for larger donations. Look for the West Town Bikes tent in the GGP Expo area and learn for yourself what great things West Town Bikes are doing in the Chicagoland area.
ABOUT WEST TOWN BIKES
West Town Bikes (WTB), a non-for profit organization began in 2004 when Executive Director Alex Wilson piloted a summer youth earn-a-bike program. The successful program had a 100% retention rate! More programs were created and piloted in later years. In 2007 WTB became a 501c(3) and five years and thousands of youth participants later, we offer year-round programming and have 36 community partners!
Youth programming, with a focus on under-served communities, is WTB's main mission. We partner with community organizations and schools that work with those populations. WTB makes it a priority to hire from within the communities served, including the Board of Directors down to youth instructors who were former program participants.
All programming includes four core topics: bicycle maintenance and repair, safe cycling, health and wellness, and environmental/social responsibility. Ranging from job skills training (hard and soft skills) and professional development to multimedia production and violence-prevention, our programs are individually tailored to the groups they are serving. We even have a cyclocross program and are starting more off-road racing with our Trail Days program.
In 2012 WTB is expanding our youth employment opportunities, cargo bike and trailer construction and an all young women's empowerment bike club. We have also increased our evening donation based classes where anyone can come and learn basic to advanced bike maintenance in a relaxed and positive atmosphere.
Questions about what to donate?
Please email Michael Young at[email protected] or call (312) 656-1953.