Pedaling Kindness: Youth Build E-Bikes for Persons with Disabilities
Updated: Mar 14
For many people with disabilities, mobility challenges can significantly limit their ability to explore and travel freely. However, electric bicycles or eBikes provide a much-needed solution to this problem by offering an easier, more efficient mode of transportation than traditional bikes or other forms of transportation.
That's where the project sponsored by the Asian Roundtable of Colorado under their Acts of Kindness campaign called "Pedaling Kindness" comes in. This project has been launched to empower young people to build eBikes for people with disabilities. The goal of the program is to provide youth with the opportunity to learn valuable skills while making a positive impact in their community.
"Pedaling Kindness" is a unique joint initiative between two organizations, PABNEEG (People's Advisory Board for New Educational and Economic Goodwill) and Smart Citiez Group, aimed at empowering youth to build eBikes for people with disabilities. The program not only provides an opportunity for young people to learn valuable hard skills like mechanics, wiring, and assembly but also emphasizes the importance of developing soft skills like teamwork, communication, and problem-solving.
Photo (left to right): Yangmee Lor, Co-founder of PABNEEG and Gary Lowe, Founder of Smart Citiez Group. Both are leading the ebike project.
By participating in this program, youth are given the tools and materials needed to build eBikes from scratch, and they work in teams to complete the projects. This experience teaches them the value of working together towards a common goal, and they learn how to communicate effectively to overcome challenges.
In addition to the hard skills gained through building the eBikes, youth in the program learn important soft skills that will serve them well in their future endeavors. These skills include leadership, problem-solving, and effective communication.
What happens after the ebikes are built?
Once the eBikes are built, they are donated to individuals with disabilities who need a reliable mode of transportation. The recipients are not only grateful for the newfound level of freedom and independence, but the youth participants are also proud of their contributions to the community.
Overall, "Pedaling Kindness" is an excellent example of how nonprofit-small business collaborations can make a meaningful impact in the community. By emphasizing both hard and soft skill development, this program equips young people with the tools they need to succeed while making a positive impact in the lives of others.
If you have a student between the ages of 16 - 24 years of age who is interested, please fill out the application form today! Acts of Kindness Ebike Project Application Form
If you're interested in learning more about the "Pedaling Kindness" program and keeping up-to-date with its progress, we encourage you to check back for updates regularly. We also invite you to subscribe to the Asian Roundtable of Colorado's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/asianroundtable for more information about this and other community initiatives.
By staying informed, you can be a part of this inspiring program's success and help make a positive impact in the lives of people with disabilities in our community. So why not take a moment to follow us now on Facebook and show your support for this important cause? Your involvement can make a real difference and help create a more inclusive and compassionate society.