The Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) aims to make bicycling safe and convenient through advocacy, encouragement, and bicycle-riding education. By supporting bike transportation, the organization aims to improve the physical health and environmental sustainability of communities. BTA’s trained safety ambassadors teach bicycle-safety lessons to 5,000 students annually in 60 elementary schools across the state. During its safety program, three sessions focus on in-class learning and seven propel students onto bikes, starting on the playground and gradually moving out onto the street. A community ride follows the course, where volunteers and parents ride from the school to a local park. Students who have studied in the course each receive their own helmet to ensure they are equipped to ride safely.
As part of their 2011 EcoChallenge, NWEI hopes to engage more than 500 students in environmental issues by sharing their environmental-discussion courses with local youth. Partnering with five high schools and colleges in the Portland and Salem areas, NWEI will offer sustainability-education kits to inspire students to take measurable action to improve the environment. These environmental kits contain course guidebooks for either global warming or choices for sustainable living, as well as resource guides for students to self-facilitate the course. Teachers will also receive a resource guide to help oversee the program. With funding aid, Northwest Earth Institute can cover the costs of materials and production of the kits.
InFARMation events feature guest speakers discussing topics ranging from community-supported agriculture to sustainable living in the 21st century and the upcoming federal farm bill. A question-and-answer session and group discussion follow each speaker’s presentation. To continue its work without grant funding, FOFF plans to establish a fund to support continued monthly InFARMation (and Beer!) sessions. This particular campaign will cover costs relating to production, rental, and speakers for one event.
Career Club members gain access to career opportunities as well as mentors who can help them improve their writing and computer skills, explore their individual talents and strengths, and complete applications for college and scholarships. Career Club also includes site visits, interviews, and presentations from expert speakers that illuminate a variety of possible career fields. The free program includes weekly activities from October through August and relies completely on donations to cover its costs.