An Encouraging Word
Bike rides provide life lessons for youth
Ariel, 14, spends a lot of time on her cell phone.
Thursday afternoons, however, she sets her mobile device aside for adventure. The Price Hill teen regularly rides with the Lord’s Gym Ministry staff and volunteers in the youth bike program.
“I like it,” she said. “It gets me outside. On the bike, you get fresh air. You can’t be in your house all day on the phone.”
For T.J., 13, bike riding “makes me feel alive.”
He also enjoys meeting new people while on wheels.
Executive Director Scott Bowers, who goes on each ride, loves getting to know the young people and hearing what’s on their minds.
“On our last trip out, two different youth volunteered how they were experiencing bullying at their respective schools,” he said. “On another ride, one young person explained how bad heir home life is.
“We talk. We pray. We mentor. Honestly, it helps to keep me grounded and connected to God’s calling on my life. It’s why our ministry exists,” Scott said.
Scott said the kids who ride also get to see other neighborhoods, people and adventure that helps to impart vision.
“It also helps to impart life lessons as our kids have used the bike rides as a real life metaphor in their own life,” he said. “If you expect to get where your destination, sometimes you just have to keep going even when you don’t feel like it.”
Cycling, just one of our activities, is part of our Youth Resiliency program in Price Hill. We want this program to build a sense of family and belonging while nurturing habits of responsibility and team work.
More than 30 trail bikes have been donated and rehabbed by some very generous volunteers.
Now we need an enclosed trailer to store and transport them. This will allow us to be mobile, efficient, and meet the youth where they are.
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