WHEELERS OF TOMORROW
The Wheelers of tomorrow is the 4WDABC’s Youth Based Initiative that is hoping to be The Tread Lightly Program for our youth in BC
When we think about where our trails are going in the future, we think about gates, we think about forest fires, we think of public access to public land. Rarely do I hear reference to who will be the Wheelers of Tomorrow and how we can help ensure to leave a positive legacy that will continue to pay it forward and continue to build the strong Wheeling Family we have here in BC.
When youth are mentioned in and among our forums, it usually revolves around grad camps issues and perhaps a near miss or tragic events on our trails. This leads to many attempting to shame the youth, sometimes with unfortunate consequences, and a fair number of others saying that something should be done to educate our youth.
We invite you to both like the page and request to join the group.
ABOUT WHEELERS OF TOMORROW
Where resources have allowed, interacting with Youth has long been a focus for the 4WDABC. We have seen this through Burn Fund and Big Brothers & Sisters Runs, and when many of our volunteers and members step forward when needed to lead cleanups of grad camps. These efforts have helped mentor the youth while also helping return our trails to their natural state. Over the years efforts have also been made to send out press releases and work directly with the high schools and youth involved in unfortunate grad-camp learning experiences. These efforts made with the single goal of providing an environment focused on mentorship, not judgment, to ensure growth occurs.
What has been lacking is a formal structure to develop a solid foundation of volunteers that are prepared to help mentor our youth. An environment where judgment is suspended, those involved simply acknowledge that humans do make mistakes and that we were all young once – learning the same lessons. That energy is then focused on helping them learn from their experiences and use these opportunities to help them take part in creating a positive environment.
To help close this chasm, 4WDABC resources have been dedicated to the development of a program called “Wheelers of Tomorrow”. The goal of this program is quite large in scope and is being broken down into different efforts. Breaking these out will allow us to focus our energy one direction at a time, ensuring the greatest return on the investment of our resources. It is estimated that it will take 3-4 years for the full program to be in force, as resources to make things happen are limited to the volunteer base and funds we must work with. Simply said – the more volunteers we have to quicker we will get to that end goal.
The focus of this program is to cover the ages of 0-19, building a solid community of our youth, allowing them to support one another. Within this, providing opportunities for them to become invested through their own efforts. This will directly result in ownership, engagement, and empowerment of our youth. As we know when someone “owns” something, understands the cause and effect change, and is invested, the final outcome has a much stronger chance of being positive.
- Release the Teen Camping Brochure
- Volunteer Approval Process in Place
- Launch Youth Vehicle Learning Days
- Movie Night
- Big Brothers & Sisters/Community runs
- Father’s Day Run
- Camp Out
- Easter Event
- Hale Creek Fathers Day Run
- Sea to Sky Big Brothers & Sisters Run
- Hale Creek Big Brothers & Sisters/Scouts Run
- Sea to Sky Family Run
- Nahatlatch Camp Out
- Family Picnic with Dunk Tank & Bouncy Castles
Make a minimum $6 donation to the Wheelers of Tomorrow program and we’ll mail you out a decal and tattoo.
Send an e-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org with the Info “Wheelers of Tomorrow”. Please be sure to include your name and mailing address.
This program could not exist without the assistance of our Supports both Private and Corporate. We would like to say thank you with all of our heart.
- Steve Pospolita for his considerable Donation
- Lynn Jan for the Graphics Work
- Coquitlam Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram for their support in covering the lunches for the Big Brothers & Sisters Run and very generous donation of prizes for the Picnic
Over the next few years the following goals are on the horizon:
- Once a year family focused old fashioned picnic/fundraiser in each region
- Once a year family focused runs in each region
- One Big Brothers & Sisters run in each region
- Off-road training for new drivers, to help ensure they know the basics of off-road safety
- Volunteer program with the high schools, working with the work experience teachers to have them involved with the Maintenance Runs and Cleanups in exchange for volunteer hours to help meet their high school grad requirements
- One to One Mentoring for the Off-Road Youth, should they wish to work with someone to gain wheeling experience or backroads/camping
- Providing “Successful Grad Camp” Plans to those in 11th and 12th grade, so when planning Grad Camps they have the greatest chance of not encountering negative publicity or issues after. Simple things such as “do you have a trailer to take the garbage with you after”, may not be something they’ve thought of.
- Presentations at Junior and Senior High Schools about Stewardship of the backroads
- Emergency Support should they find an issue with a grad camp that has had issues, with the commitment they will assist with the issue and not “abandon”
- Video and Photography Contests for youth
- Development of a Logo and providing of the logo to all youth and supporters of the group. The goal of this visual difference is that these youth will be looked at with and be provided the same respect that those of that run the 4WDABC logo on our trucks are greeted with on the trail.
WE NEED YOU!
VOLUNTEER WITH THE WHEELRS OF TOMORROW
We are in the process of developing a formal volunteer process, details will be released when available.
We will need help with: social media management, mechanic 101 liaison, driver training liaison, fundraising, developing presentations and materials, developing videos, working with high schools to help teens gain volunteer hours, help organizing events, help the days of the events.