The Walden Lions teamed up with the Sudbury Police to help youth in our area by supporting the “SPYDR” program. Sudbury Police Youth Dirt Riders aka SPYDR is a free mountain bike program for youth ages 12-17. Some biking experience is required to join the team of riders. Youth are referred by Greater Sudbury Police Services members or other community partners/agencies. The criteria for a referral is a youth deserving and in need of an opportunity to participate in a free athletic activity while interacting with police in a positive environment. Some have been identified as having more risk factors than protective factors and most if not all would not normally have this kind of opportunity.
The program runs for 8 weeks throughout the summer beginning in July and ending in August. This program is run by School Resource officers, youth safety coordinators and historically has been open to anyone within the service who wished to participate on their own time and volunteer.
Some of the learning opportunities are as follows- but not limited to: proper bike inspection & maintenance, introduction to bike components, rules of the road, riding abilities, bike repairs, team building and an opportunity to build self-confidence. It is about respect for themselves, others, and their property and others. Throughout the program, our police mentors provide opportunities to discuss healthy positive decision making.
Another great way that the Lions are helping youth in our communitee.