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Stand Up for Kids donates 100 bikes to homeless teens in Atlanta


The Atlanta Chapter of Stand Up For Kids (SUFK), a non-profit founded in 1990 to help homeless and at-risk youths, donated more than 100 new mountain bikes to teens in need.


The bikes were donated with the help of a corporate sponsor who wants to remain anonymous. The non-profit said it was important to reward the teens for a challenging, yet successful academic year.


“Now these high school students can enjoy the summer with not only their very own set of wheels, but also a renewed, motivated perspective on themselves and life,” said Jennifer Greenlee, SUFK director of Mentor Programs. “The bikes will help break the barriers that prevent at-risk youth from getting and maintaining a job. The bikes will be essential transportation for them.”


SUFK members say when youths are not in an environment that is conducive to developing their self-efficacy, the greater the chances are of them engaging in destructive behaviors and falling even further behind. They say thanks to sponsors, the bikes will be a good way to keep at-risk youth on the right path.


“It is only through a network of partnerships that we are able to accomplish our goal of providing dozens of bikes for our students experiencing homelessness,” said Kelly Field, SUFK executive director. “For grassroots non-profits, reoccurring support from corporate partnerships are vital in being able to support homeless youth.”

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