BikeWalkKC recently partnered with Operation Breakthrough to pilot a program that combined our Youth Ambassadors curriculum and their Leadership Class. The 6th through 9th graders worked on safe cycling practices, bike maintenance skills, and learned the importance of advocacy within communities. The nine students that met criteria based on attendance and participation even got to take home a bike of their very own.
Throughout the program the students got practical experience on bicycles. A small number were not quite comfortable on a bike at first, but soon became confident riders. To put these new skills to the test, the class mapped a route which would lead them on a two-mile ride from Operation Breakthrough to the BikeWalkKC office and back again. There was an added bonus: early morning ice cream. The ride was executed without a hitch, as the group used their turn signals, starting and stopping skills, and knowledge of the rules of the road in order to safely navigate the planned route.
At the same time as the Youth Ambassadors pilot, a younger group of Operation Breakthrough students got to experience the BLAST curriculum. By learning to ride right, scan, how to handle intersections, and other essential skills, these youngsters will have a solid foundation from which to grow as safe bicyclists. Luckily, eight participants will get to continue practicing what they learned on their own bikes which they earned through attendance and behavior. These bikes were presented during Operation Breakthrough’s graduation ceremony to a very surprised and ecstatic group of young riders.
We’re very proud of all of our kids at Operation Breakthrough and wish them the best of luck in the future! We are thankful for our new partnership with this great organization and look forward to continuing to bring our education programs to students in the future.