Community Bike Works

Rating: 4.6 stars   10 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth

Location: 235 North Madison St Allentown PA 18102 USA

Mission: 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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Rating: 5 stars  

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 because of the strong foundation Stefan (Exec Director and Founder) has laid through the structured, smooth functioning Earn-A-Bike curriculum he has provided, and the constant openness and drive he exudes to improve current programs as well as add new ones. In the past five years, I have had the opportunity to watch CBW's drive for success manufacture itself in many measureable ways: 1. an increase in clients served annually from approximately 160 students in the 2007-8 fiscal year, to approximately 250 in the 2011-12 fiscal year 2. an impressive facility rennovation project that has increased efficiency as well as effectiveness in serving our clients 3. an increase in the number of staff members from one full-time and one part-time staff member, to three full-time and two part-time staff members (this is not including the paid student apprentices who have the opportunity to work here after completing the course and voluteering) 4. an increase from one offsite class per session (fall and spring), to five offsite classes per session (fall and spring) 5. the addition of a financial literacy program 6. a partnership with KidsPeace so that campus restricted clients of KidsPeace can enjoy the benefits of our program. Beyond these measurable results, I have also had the joy of experiencing first hand the value, guidance and meaning that CBW has added to the lives of many, many students. CBW is far more than an organization, and much more than a 'j-o-b'.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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