Those with many years of experience, wisdom and knowledge have traditionally handed this to younger people, benefiting them. Today, many youth do not have healthy older mentors. Operation Generation means that seniors (55+) can gain purpose and meaningful connections, and youth can gain from them!
Being sponsored by our agency, Operation Generation is an opportunity for both seniors and high-school students alike to learn together. Started again in October, 2013 in partnership with the Hub City Cycling co-op we run a bike mechanics workshops for youth and seniors together at John Barsby Community School in Nanaimo. The program runs weekly on Wednesday’s from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and requires participants to complete a free criminal record check.
The program will restart in the fall. It offers an opportunity to gain mechanic skills, as well as give back to the young adults in our society. The program is facilitated by our qualified bicycle mechanic instructors from Hub City Cycles Cooperative, and focuses on various bicycle mechanic systems -offering participants a rounded education in bicycle mechanics and repair. It is also about relationship building and mentoring. The program has made a real difference to the lives of both the youth and the seniors!
Want to see the teens have fun at the end of the school year? Take a peek at this video!
This is the text of this article about the club, published in the Nanaimo News Bulletin in the spring of 2015.
Volunteers are currently needed! Would you consider making a meaningful difference to these youth? For further information or to volunteer, do contact Tyler, Program Coordinator, at (250) 591-2159, hubcitycycles(at) gmail.com, or contact the agency.
Are you able to financially help us run this program? We receive no government funding and depend on the community to reach out to these youth. You can receive a tax receipt by giving whatever you feel motivated to offer, from $20 to $200. It all helps! The online donation button is on the right panel. Thank you!