We travel, we talk and we interview...celebrating the extraordinary girl next door. An internet radio show, podcast and interview project aimed and women and cycling. (That's bicycles - if you were wondering). Over the next six months we are raising funds and awareness to launch the initial pilot project aimed at getting teen girls riding bikes - called The Riders & Writers Project
We are partnering with a local non-profit who work with young women. Using League Certified Instructors to teach the girls safe-riding will take place over a weekend. The girls will write about the experiences - interviewing one another and sharing how it was and what they learned. The ultimate goals is: get more young women to enjoy life on a bike, experiencing a sense of freedom and possibility. The program is fun, not competitive and it is good for the planet.
We are using our pre-existing radio show, social media and events in order to inform the public about our outreach program. In 2011 we have interviewed bicycle artists and advocates from Minneapolis to San Francisco and our current home town -- Los Angeles. In October 2011, producer and head muse of Chicks On Bikes Radio, April Lemly received a scholarship to participate in The Winning Campaigns Workshop sponsored by The Alliance for Biking and Walking. By participating in this event April developed an effective strategy for this project by working with bicycle coalition members from California, Idaho and Mexico.
In summer 2012 April will travel across the US for one month by bike and car sharing the education from this teen education program at cultural and sporting events. April will continue to interview while on the road, as she does now.
We believe that bikes are fun and bikes empower people. According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention "Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years". Additionally female bicycle ridership is disproportionately low in relation to men. We hope to do something about that by empowering young women in a fun, cool way that is not competitive.
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What We Need & What You GetThe funds raised here will cover the costs for the pilot project and start up fees for the next six months. The pilot project fees include: location rental, instructor dues, marketing campaign and advertising. The start up fees include: website upgrade, on-going marketing efforts, event fees, and t-shirt printing.
If we do not reach our entire goal part of the project will still take place. We have a plan B to do a smaller version of the rider's ed. program if we do not reach our $5000 goal. We are currently looking for other funding sources. If you are passionate about what we are doing and you'd like to get involved please feel free to drop us a line at: firstname.lastname@example.org. We are looking for a variety of other resources too. A wishlist will be on our website by December.
When the campaign is over we're throwing a huge, fun bike-in party exclusively for donors. You will get to meet program participants and other fun, surprise guests. As an angel investor you get to be on the radio show. Why else would you do this? We believe that bicycles are an easy way to empower young women to live happy, healthy lives...you probably do too.
Other Ways You Can HelpWe are open to: 1. you broadcasting across social media, we help craft messaging for you! 2. you hosting a fundraising party, we can come speak at. 3. partnering with other like-minded organizations or individuals. 4. you helping us cross items off of our wish list.
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