2017-04-20 / Community News

Bike center part of incubator program

The Community Bicycle Center in Biddeford was selected as one of eight programs across the state to participate in the Emanuel & Pauline A. Lerner Foundation’s new six-year, $7 million initiative, the Aspirations Incubator Program, committed to raising and sustaining the aspirations of middle and high school students. The Portlandbased Lerner Foundation – established in memory of Emanuel and Pauline A. Lerner who believed deeply in equal opportunity and social mobility – made the decision to redirect most of its resources toward this effort after a year of research, planning and reflection about the most effective way to support positive youth outcomes and opportunities.

Since its incorporation in 2005, the Community Bicycle Center has established a culture of nurturing young people’s sparks through creative mentoring pathways.

Specifically, support from the Lerner Foundation will enable Community Bicycle Center to:

 Design and implement a new, formal mentoring program with measurable impact that engages students from seventh grade to graduation and beyond;

 Increase the scope of its partnership with the Biddeford School Department;

 Build organizational capacity, supported by opportunities for professional development through the Lerner-funded Trekkers Training Institute for Youth Development;

 Receive consulting support and guidance from Don Carpenter, the Lerner Foundation’s senior program officer and founding executive director of the Trekkers program, on which the Aspirations Incubator Program is based;

 Engage with seven other highquality youth programs across the state committed to improving positive youth outcomes and;

 Effectively evaluate program success through a data-driven tool designed by the PEAR Institute (Partners in Education and Resilience) that measures socio-emotional development in school and afterschool settings.

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