YEP provided funding for 12 scholarships to a program that teaches children with special needs and disabilities, ages 8 and up, to achieve the life milestone of riding a two-wheel bicycle without assistance. Volunteer “spotters” also included YEP members, who assisted youth as they used an adaptive bicycle for 75 minutes for five consecutive days.
Tara Wellenreither, the iCan Bike program coordinator, stated the following: “The YEP groups was a huge highlight to the week. They were an awesome group of kids and really helped a lot of children learn to ride. We couldn’t have done the camp without them. They were tremendous and some of the kids even volunteered for different times than their friends. It was awesome to see them giving back to their community and helping make a difference in the lives of our riders.”
YEP Member and volunteer spotter Megan Helms offered this comment: “I know I speak for the other volunteers when I say the experience was truly extraordinary!”
The iCan Bike program coordinator shared that: “Another family waited all week as their rider participated. They were unsure whether or not she would have any success and were starting to think that maybe she wouldn’t ride on her own. But, to their surprise, she launched independently on Friday [the last day of the program] and [her family was] on the sidelines with tears of joy as they watched their teenager with Down Syndrome discover the joy of riding independently.”