How things we throw away can be used to change lives


How do you engage with youth who are disconnected from their community or not interested in school?

How do you engage with youth who are disconnected from their community or not interested in school? How do you inspire these young people to take charge and give them the confidence they need to excel?

While it’s not a traditional approach to tackling a serious issue, one young man from Fremantle in Western Australia has used the rebuilding of bikes to help troubled youth get back on the straight and narrow.

The Bike Rescue Project gathers 10 young people together for 10 weeks. They spend the first five weeks taking apart a rusty old bike, showing it some TLC, putting it back together and ultimately donating the new and improved product to charity. Then they do the whole thing again, but this time they get to keep the bike.

The Bike Rescue Project is a part of the Propeller program that aims to link like-minded young people aged 12 – 25 years and to encourage them to engage and connect with their schools and communities. Pat Ryan, the creator of The Bike Rescue Project has recently received a $1,000 grant to support the growth of his community program.

Watch Pat’s full story here: http://www.propellerproject.com.au/projects/the-bike-rescue-project