These child labor partnerships are just band aid programs to keep their hands
busy and don't reach the core problem their insecurities and self respect
and how to deal with and over come their insecurity complex. They need to learn
to have more self confidence and believe in their rights and abilities and that
they are normal in their emotions and fears.Punishment programs by
their peers pushes them deeper into their coma's of withdrawal and petty
accomplishment for some one else choices are not what they need. They don't
need socialist training, they need believe in themselves and their choices and
what is socially acceptable actions they have the right to live by. These
programs just give some petty bragging rights to those running them and think
they are doing these children a favor for being their overseers and keep
troubled kids submissive. They need to be taught what freedom means
and how their lives and others lives are socially intertwined, most of them have
already had more than their fair share of punishment and disrespect treatment.
They need to learn how to use respect and have respect for each other as
This is my experience with the bicycle collective. It is not a punishment group.
My family needed bikes fixed. We found out about The bicycle collective.The bicycle Collective has a do it yourself bike shop complete with volunteers
that help you figure out your bike. The shop and parts are reasonable and you
can volunteer if you don't have the money. The "Earn a bike"
program is for all kids. My boys needed bikes so they took the class. It has
built their self esteem. My boys also helped in another "Earn a bike"
class. They have gained confidence and knowledge. The youth I have seen
down there are so helpful and to see their eyes light up as they learn how parts
go together. I recommend anyone with a bike, needing a bike, needing to fix a
bike or has bikes to donate to check out the Salt Lake Bicycle collective. They
are an incredible group that gives back to our community and giving our children
something awesome to do. They are located off of W. Temple and 2200 south.
My2Cents, check it out. You will see just how awesome they are and why kids need