Support bike/youth programs in North Minneapolis

Feb 21, 2012

Venture North mechanics classes speeding ahead!

Dear Friends of Venture North Bike Walk & Coffee, 

Thanks to your generous support, VNBWC's All About Bikes is charging full speed ahead! With your help, we purchased tools to support our young mechanics's learning, expanding our state of the art bicycle mechanics classroom. The classroom is now equipped with 8 work benches stocked with all tools necessary to perform a tune-up on nearly any bike, allowing students to work using their own tools during class. The tools are professional bike shop quality Park Tools, which are the industry standard and what our young mechanics will encounter once job hunting. Park Tools is a Minnesota company.

Thanks to these improvements to our classroom, we will have the capacity to teach 16 students at once. Your contributions also helped us purchase a Master Mechanic tool set. Many tools require special training for safe and effective use; once trained to use these tools, students will be able to check them out from this Master Mechanic toolkit during class.

Venture North helps youth in the community find their strengths and capitalize on them. By empowering local youth with job skills and mentoring support, we are working to shift the perception of this community from a need-based one to an asset-based one, recognizing and celebrating gifts, beginning at the individual level. Venture North is supporting youth as they become tomorrow's community leaders and as they learn science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) applications through mechanics training. 

Thank you for continuing to partner with us in this very important work! 

Retail Lab interns learn about basic bike repair
Retail Lab interns learn about basic bike repair
All About Bikes mechanics hard at work in class
All About Bikes mechanics hard at work in class



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Project Leader

Laurie Beckman Yetzer

Finance Director
Minneapolis, MN United States

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