Why IT MATTERS
In many of the neighborhoods on Atlanta's westside, children face adversity at every turn. Kids are growing up in communities with high crime rates and low employment. Half their peers will not graduate from high school. And yet, every child has the potential and promise to do great things. When Tim and Becky O'Mara moved into southwest Atlanta, it was evident that among other things, idle time often led to destructive behavior. Kids needed positive influences pointing them in a different direction, often the direction of a job. Bearings Bike Shop seeks to do three things: eliminate idle time, replace negative influences with positive ones, and teach the essential character strengths critical to succeed in adulthood. Learn how it started.
Since 2009, hundreds of kids ages 6-18 have engaged in the shop, earning bikes and learning skills essential to success in adulthood. While our influence is seen here through numbers, we're most proud of how its told best in the stories of our students. Read our stories here.