During five weeks of consecutive Saturday-morning sessions, groups of 12 students between the ages of 8 and 15 undertake hands-on lessons about bicycle safety and maintenance, solving individual and group problems. Students who graduate from the program receive a free bike, helmet, light, and lock, and get to participate in a group safety ride with their peers. With funding aid, BicycleWorks can supply bike helmets, locks, and safety lights for students who would not otherwise have access to a bicycle in their Earn-a-Bike program.
By working one-on-one with at-risk students throughout the school year, AmeriCorps tutors can effectively identify learning obstacles, target each child's individual needs, evaluate students' progress, and develop strong mentoring relationships. Since 2006, 91 percent to 100 percent of students who participated in the tutoring program ended the school year at their target reading grade levels or higher.
The Mission Continues fellowship program helps soldiers reorient their abilities and talents for the benefit of local nonprofits. Via 14- to 28-week paid service opportunities, The Mission Continues fellows can both fulfill their drive to help others and translate their military-trained leadership skills and work ethic into civilian work, improving their communities as well as their chances for future success. Each fellowship is performed in honor of a fallen American serviceperson, whom may be selected by the fellow or by the Travis Manion Foundation.