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Community Bike Works Overview
1. provide inner city children living in at risk situations with meaningful work ethic alternatives to gangs, drugs and the streets; and2. use adult & youth mentors to develop & nurture relationships with our clients. According to the Allentown School District's 2006 statistics, nearly 18,000 residents are school age and 41% of these kids are at or below the poverty level. Eighty percent of children in Community Bike Works programs qualify for free or reduced lunches. During the past three years, there has been a 220% increase in arrests of Allentown middle school children (ages 10 to 13), according to the Allentown Police spokesperson. Moreover, according to the most recently released Allentown Police Youth Division Report, juvenile arrests in Allentown nearly double from kids in the 10 to 12 year old age group to kids in the 13 to 15 year old age group. Most of these juvenile crimes occur Monday through Friday between the hours of 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm. Through our programs, Community Bike Works reaches these children during these hours by offering them work ethic alternatives to life in the streets and crime.
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I began working at Community Bike Works in 2007, and have had the privilege of serving here for over five years this April. I am continually amazed at the way the mission is 'lived out' through the vairous multi-faceted programs that CBW offers. I truly feel that CBW continues to grow and thrive ...
I became involved with CBW after meeting some students and a board member at a community event. I was very impressed with the poise and knowledge of the youth and immediately thought it was a very engaging and effective program for at-risk young people in center-city. I wish there were more ...
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Based on the recommendation of a colleague, I began volunteering with Community Bike Works (CBW) in 2008. At first, I was hesitant, because I do not know the first thing about Bike Mechanics, but, I happen to know quite a bit about inner-city children from my own personal experiences. Being a ...
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