We at velocipede are dedicated to being open to everyone. However, due to safety and liability, if someone is under 16 they must have a guardian with them at the shop at all times. This causes a problem for many Baltimore youth whose guardians are either too busy, or unavailable to come in with their child. We often have to turn youth with broken bikes away because we don't have the capacity to watch them during the craziness of open shop.
To solve this problem we are looking for people who are willing to spend one night a week mentoring one youth during open shop for at least 8 weeks. After the 8 week period the youth will become a junior co-op member and will have the same privileges of a normal member but may have to check in with his or her mentor from time to time, and cannot bring friends to the shop unless their friends also go through the mentoring process.
We want to start this program as soon as possible, but need a few more people committed to becoming mentors.
If you are interested in becoming a mentor contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or come to our mentor orientation meeting on Sunday Oct 21st at 6:30 pm.
This is a great opportunity to help someone out and to grow our amazing biking community.
Hope to see you there
the folks at velocipede