Bike Rebuild Program
Helping with Horsepower™ is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization that designs volunteer programs that empower, encourage, and raise funds for worthy charities. Helping with Horsepower™ has developed several programs that have shown proven results, most notably the Nationally recognized Helping with Horsepower™ Bike Rebuild Program.
At-risk youth repair and customize a motorcycle, completely transforming it from something “broken”, damaged, or neglected into something amazing, just like they are doing in their lives in treatment centers and other outreach centers and programs. This program utilizes a motorcycle as an effective tool to teach life lessons such as teamwork, self-confidence, and problem solving, through hands-on/project-based learning and instruction. During classroom time, the kids identify desired changes, enter name and paint design ideas into a contest, choose the replacement parts for the motorcycle, learn basic tools, remove the damaged parts, and re-assemble, under direction of a volunteer facilitator. Additional discussion during class time includes basic marketing topics and the importance and impact of sponsorship. When the transformed motorcycle is complete, it is usually raffled as a fundraiser for the charity.
The Helping with Horsepower™ Bike Rebuild Program was first started at Abbott House, a residential treatment facility for girls ages 7-17 that serves the state of South Dakota. Beyond the funds raised, the program had a profound impact on the girls, reducing critical incidents, and producing a noticeable change in self-confidence. The Abbott House also benefited by increased awareness, as well as expanding their database/mailing list by 100%. Centers and schools across the US are using the Helping With Horsepower™ Bike Rebuild Program curriculum to perform their own motorcycle transformations, and the program is also available to you.
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