Rocktown Youth Mentoring has been in the OKC community well over a decade serving youth by cultivating character through mentoring and adventure. Over the years we've honed our skills at Rocktown Climbing Gym, where mentors and youth meet weekly to build a rich relationship that provides them an important soundboard, contact, and caring adult to lean on and learn from. We've had a great experience using rock climbing, and this past Spring, made our first foray into cycling as a tool to educate, empower, enrich, and equip the youths we serve in our city.
We are partnered with Oklahoma City Public Schools and are providing a character education class that students get class credit for, that is being taught using a bicycle at Emerson Alternative School. As the students repair and build bikes, we are very intentional to dovetail life lessons and values into the class. Additionally, we want them to become competent and active cyclists, thus improving their fitness, and expanding their world.
We want to continue building this new cycling program, building character, skills, and providing an atmosphere where youth have healthy relationships they can lean on as they grow. To that end, we are strategically building relationships with the schools that are in the greatest need in our community.
This awesome project genuinely is fulfilling our mission of serving youth by building character through mentoring and adventure.
Funded by Oklahoma City, OK (September 2015)