The North Reading Community Impact Team’s Youth Action Team is hosting an Healthy Initiative for August and September to boost physical and mental well-being. The Breezy Bike Bustle is open to ages 5-18 and encourages youth to ride their bikes safely.
The team is focused on providing an environmentally safe option to support well-being. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists in 2018, transportation emits more than half of nitrogen oxides in our air, and is a major source of global warming emissions in the US. The pollutants have also been linked to negative organ health for humans. Additionally, a June, 2020 BBC News child survey of over 2,000 youth found that 83% of the children surveyed who had existing histories of mental health challenges reported worsening conditions as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Project Student Coordinator Preston Lydotes noted, “We’re hosting this initiative because we believe that there are several issues that are exacerbating during these unprecedented times, and this is an easy way for the youth in our community to make a difference. This project is not only green-friendly, healthy for the body and mind, but also a great way to work on accomplishing goals.”
To enter the Breezy Bike Bustle, student must log their miles traveled on a Google spreadsheet and send to [email protected] by October 9, 2020. Photos and videos may also be sent as a .jpg or .mp4 to be included in the video compilation. A $50 grand prize will be awarded to the top place finisher, $25 prizes to the next 3 runners-up, and a $25 raffle is open to anyone who participates by sending in their log. Prizes will be in the form of gift cards to a North reading business of the winners’ choosing. Participants are highly encouraged to wear a helmet at all times while riding and a mask when around others or in groups. Photos of youth riding bikes without helmets will be excluded from the compilation video. Lydotes encouraged, “We want to get as many kids and teens involved so our community can prove that we are capable of positively affecting ourselves and the world around us, even during times of crisis.”
About the North Reading Youth Action Team
The North Reading Youth Action Team (YAT) is a youth-oriented action group open to all North Reading students in grades (entering) 9-12 from any school. Sponsored by the Community Impact Team (CIT)’s Youth Substance Use Prevention Coalition, the YAT collaborates with adults and other youth in the community to identify factors that have a negative impact on the quality of life for the youth of North Reading and to implement solutions that solve the underlying problems. For more information, contact Youth Services Director Jennifer Ford at [email protected]