we hope you and yours had a chance to partake in our action-packed summer programs! We’ve had a really busy summer here at Venture North, and we are pleased to report that thanks to your generous and unwavering support, we engaged neighbors on the Northside and beyond in fun and educational activities appropriate for various age groups!
Some of the highlights of this summer included:
Bike Fest 2012, a series of summer bike safety and bike education courses for children. From late May through June, 166 children from 13+ neighborhoods came out to North Minneapolis parks to participate in Bike Fest 2012. Venture North staff and volunteers performed free safety checks, minor repairs, tune-ups, and adjustments to children's bikes. Kids toured several "safety stations," where they learned about basic bike maintenance and safety, eventually earning a “Golden Ticket,” presentable to Venture North for admission into an Earn-A-Bike class. Along the way, kids earned free helmets and locks and had a chance to enter in a drawing to win a bike!
Crunch, Zip, Zoom, a summer day camp based on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) learning designed to help kids develop skills for college while forming healthy habits. On Thursdays during Crunch, Zip, Zoom, kids earned a lock and a bike helmet by participating in bike safety courses and in group bike rides to Cedar Lake and Theodore Wirth Parkway, where they practiced using hand signals when making turns or stopping. Crunch, Zip, Zoom, run by Redeemer Center for Life in partnership with Venture North, was able to accommodate 45 children ages 5-12.
The first graduating class of our pilot program, Pedal Power 2012 STEM Camp, celebrated its accomplishments on Saturday, August 18, 2012. Pedal Power provides middle school girls with asset-based programming and with a positive social cohort, developing critical thinking skills along the way. We seek to inculcate a social environment that celebrates educational achievement and strong character in order to give girls the self-esteem and confidence necessary to succeed in school and to attain economic success.
Venture North graduated its second class of All About Bikes students! 6 young bike-mechanics-in-the-making ages 15-18 completed the curriculum and are now ready to take on their first internship as bike mechanic apprentices! We hope to be able to host the interns at Venture North and welcome your support to reach this goal--please click on "donate" to make a contribution!
We are so thankful for all of your support as we continue to create programming that is impactful not only in underserved youth's lives, but also for our society as we encourage and enable youth to share their skills, talents, and gifts and to grow into tomorrow’s leaders. Thank you for partnering with Venture North in this very worthy goal.
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