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Please help amplify the Ghisallo Foundation and youth cycling in Austin by giving during the Amplify Austin event this Thursday! Amplify Austin is a 24-hour giving day from 6pm Thursday, March 20, to 6pm Friday, March 21, 2014.

But, you don’t have to wait until Thursday, you can pre-schedule your donation now through our profile here: https://amplifyatx.ilivehereigivehere.org/ghisallo/overview

During 2013 over 1000 youth participants attended our Bike Clubs and Earn-A-Bike classes and another 150 via high volume bike rodeos and clinics.

In 2014 we are expanding our after-school Bike Club programs to Zavala Elementary and Kealing Middle Schools. Our goal is to have programs at an additional two to four schools by the end of the year. We are also launching a brand new Apprentice Mechanic program for High School students and our Earn-A-Bike program at Boy and Girls Club East Club continues to grow.

Every dollar counts and during the Amplify Austin event we have secured $575 of dollar-for-dollar matching to further amplify your giving.

We need additional funds to support our current youth programs and expand to new schools and community partners in addition to continued development of our Cycle Academy materials. We are also in need of used but usable kids bikes for our free youth Earn-A-Bike and Maintenance program we offer through Boys and Girls Club East Club.

We support our current programs through a mix of fees, grants and financial support by donors like you. Large and small, all donations are greatly appreciated and make the work we do possible:

  • $1 funds 2 to 3 Cycle Academy skill achievement badges for students
  • $5 funds a tube and a patch kit for use during our classes
  • $10 funds all Level 1 Cycle Academy skills badges for a student
  • $25 funds a helmet
  • $50 funds a basic instructor travel tool set
  • $100 funds background checks and Red Cross First Aid training for an instructor
  • $250 funds a community Bike Rodeo or skills clinic
  • $500 funds a month of bi-weekly Earn-A-Bike classes at Boys and Girls Club East Austin Club
  • $1000 funds a years worth of consumables (cables, housing, grease, lube, etc) for Earn-A-Bike
  • $2500 funds a semester of a bi-weekly after-school Bike Club at a school

We are partnering with the City of Austin during their Bike and Urban Trails Plan Open House by providing a Bike Rodeo!

Come provide input on the City’s Bike and Urban Trails Plan and bring the kids, their bike and a helmet. Austin’s Yellow Bike Project will have mechanics on hand to give their bikes a free basic maintenance check. If they don’t have a bike and helmet, or it would be difficult to bring, we will have some extras on hand so they can still participate. Free snacks are being provided by KIND Healthy Snacks. The main meeting will be in the main Rosewood Community Center building on the top of the hill and the rodeo will be set up on the tennis courts along Rosewood Ave.

When: Saturday Feb 22nd from 10am-12pm
Where: Rosewood Park, 78702

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A big thanks and shout-out to Austin Yellow Bike for helping make sure our Earn-A-Bike and Maintenance Program at Boys and Girls Club has plenty of kids bikes for the students to work on. We had a trailer of 23 adult sized bikes and bikes with too few parts for us to be able to get running which we dropped off at Yellow Bike’s shop at 1216 Webberville Rd. They then loaded us up with 19 parts complete youth bikes!

A bunch of our previous participants helped unload the bikes and new students have begun signing up to earn their own bike over three weeks sessions. During the classes they will learn to do basic maintenance and repairs and develop sweat equity so they earn and value their new bike.

Raquel Mena is a rock star and the instigator of our first clean-up of 2014. While we have been working to keep the LAB I-35 underpass in a reasonably glass and trash free condition since early 2011, Raquel is the first person so far to e-mail me and say that the site is a mess and if I bring our equipment, she will ride over during her lunch break to help us knock it out.

She was pretty surprised it only took the two of us 30min to transform it from a glass and trash covered annoyance to a clean and smooth bikeway. Thanks so much for taking the time and initiative to helping make this City a little bit nicer for us cyclists!

More info on previous projects at this site:
Clean-Ups:
http://www.ghisallo.org/projects/2011/0003/
http://www.ghisallo.org/ghisallo-foundation-news/clean-sweep-2012-resounding-success/

Landscaping:
http://www.ghisallo.org/projects/2012/0013/
http://www.ghisallo.org/ghisallo-foundation-news/ground-breaking-news-literally/