Yes, I know I’m overdue for a post. Here it is: ‘Girls in Gear’ round 2. One of the summer program locations for the awesome ‘Girls in Gear’ is Gladden Community House. I fell in love with this place a couple of years ago. The kids that spend time here are full of love and big, huge smiles (most of them :)).
When I presented my program over there, they jumped at it and LOVED the idea. So, since June 10th, I’ve been over there empowering five young girls and let me tell you, it’s been incredible. These girls absolutely have fallen in love with ‘Girls in Gear.’ Thus far, we have taught the girls: bicycle safety, basic bicycle mechanics, nutrition education, and they are currently working on the ‘community urband design’ portion of the program. Monday, we performed a walk-audit of the neighborhood and they were extremely engaged.
I feel truly humbled to have created this program. Not only is this a one of a kind program, I think what contributes to making ‘Girls in Gear’ so incredible are all of the female professionals helping me make it awesome. They understand and believe that more young girls need the confidence and need to feel that they can pursue any career that they want. These young girls need the motivation and positive reinforcement by adults that they can have engineer careers, that they can use their bikes as main modes of transportation, and that should something break on their bikes – they have full ability to fix it themselves.
“Girls in Gear’ is so much more than just a ‘bicycling program.’ It’s motivation. It’s self-reliance building. It’s self-esteem building. It’s teaching them technical skills and healthy decision making at an early and cruical age where they can begin a pattern of lifelong decision making that’ll influence the rest of their lives. ‘Girls in Gear’ is about mentorship and investment in these young leaders.
Here are a few photos of the current ‘Girls in Gear’ at Gladden Community House in the Franklinton neighborhood.
Be safe and keep riding!
The girls decorated helmets and explained why it’s important to wear helmets when riding
Kelly of ‘Green Bean Delivery’ taught two ‘Nutrition Education’ sessions to the girls. Lots of yummy samples came along with learning!
Anna of ROLL going over the parts of the bicycle. In Session 2, the girls remembered and could recite 95% of the bicycle terminology
Session 1 – the girls learned and changed multiple flat tires all by themselves. Pretty awesome to watch
Session 2 of bike mechanics. The girls practicing release brakes and tires; both front and rear.
Emily of Paradise Garage
Emily and Anna both showing the girls how to maintain and clean your bikes.
Bicycle Safety / Group riding day!
Aren’t they beauty’s!
Mimi of Trek Bicycles came out and helped out. We did a couple parking lot drills with signage and then rode as a group through Franklinton
Seriously, how beautiful is this image!!!
Session 1 of ‘Community Urban Design.’ The girls are comparing what makes a ‘friendly’ street and what makes an ‘un-friendly’ street
The girls looking and planning out our ‘walkability’ study around the neighorhood.
The incredible Amanda Golden (City & Regional Planner) came and taught the first session of ‘Community Urban Design’ to the girls. P.S. the girls LOVED their helmets I got them so much that they showed up on Monday wearing them. They literally didn’t take them off. Case and point above :)
Standing and discussing the eye-sore and ‘uncomfortable’ feeling when passing in front of vacant homes. Unfortunately, this is a common visual in the Franklinton neighborhood.
Amanda and the girls rating their walk/neighborhood with a ‘walk audit’.