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iCan Bike-Volunteers

Those interested in registering for this great program as a volunteer should  CLICK HERE to register online or email info@downsyndromeinfo.org for more information.

June 19-23

Location: Bella Vista High School | 8301 Madison Ave, Fair Oaks, CA 95628

Helping individuals with special needs gain confidence through bike riding

How Does It Work?

iCan Shine uses a fleet of adapted bicycles, a specialized instructional program and trained staff to teach individuals with disabilities to learn to ride a two-wheel bike independently. Participants attend one 75-minute session each day for five consecutive days where they learn to ride while accompanied and encouraged by a volunteer. Gradually the riders discover the skill and joy of riding a bike.

We will have approximately 35 riders in the total camp with up to 6 riders for each 75-minute session each day.

Each rider attends the same 75-minute session for each of the 5 days (M – F) and is assigned two volunteers that will work with the rider throughout the week.  This works great because bonds are formed between the volunteers and riders helpful for encouragement and motivational purposes throughout the week.   It is important for our riders to work with the same volunteer each day building a trusting relationship as they go through the intensive week.

The riders will be riding a specialized bicycle designed to teach them to balance appropriately for the entire 75 minutes each day while being accompanied by their assigned volunteers. Additionally, camp staff will provide fun motivational teaching on a specially designed tandem bike that is generally well received by most riders.

The first two days of the bike camp (Mon & Tues) will take place solely inside on adapted roller bikes. Beginning on the third day (Wed), some riders may graduate to a two-wheel bike and transition to riding outdoors spotted by their assigned volunteers.   As riders graduate from the roller bikes to a two-wheel bike between Wednesday and Friday, they will transition to the outdoor riding area.

Finally, it is very rewarding for the volunteer to have spent the whole week with the rider to see the fruits of their labor on the last day when the rider finally rides independently.

Volunteer Requirements:

  • At least 16 years old (unless accompanied by an adult)
  • Able to attend 90 minutes at the same time each of the 5 days of camp (15 minutes of training/daily debriefing)
  • Able to provide physical, emotional and motivational support to assigned rider
  • Able and willing to get some exercise (light jogging/running) for a great cause!
  • Able to attend the Volunteer Meeting on June 18th at 9:00 am. Contact heather@downsyndromeinfo.org if this is a conflict.

Sessions Available

You will need to arrive 15 minutes prior to each session for briefing. There will also be a volunteer meeting on Sunday, June 18th at 9:00am.

  • Session 1: 8:30-9:45
  • Session 2: 10:05-11:20
  • Session 3: 11:40-12:55
  • Session 4: 2:00-3:15
  • Session 5: 3:35-4:50

Those interested in registering for this great program as a volunteer should  CLICK HERE to register online or email info@downsyndromeinfo.org for more information.

CLICK HERE to download, print and share the flier for volunteering.

 

Thank you to Wristband Creation for donating wristbands to our riders and volunteers!

Our Sponsors

Thank you to all of our sponsors and donors whose generosity makes everything we do possible. Check out our current sponsors and let them know how much you appreciate their support!

Tax ID

DSIA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization Tax I.D. 20-1702399

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