BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Nov. 29 is Giving Tuesday — a global movement of generosity. There are thousands of non-profits raising money to help continue their work.
“We ride for a cause,” stated O’Neil Curtis. “And that cause is to collect $5,000 in donations by the end of the day.”
The Youth City Lab has been riding bikes for 10 hours, pedaling, to help kids in the Baton Rouge area find their way, under one roof. “We need people to show up and support the youth of this city and keep us rolling,” said Dustin LaFont, Executive Director of Front Yard Bikes. “We’re rolling, so we need to keep on rolling and that is helped by people giving.”
Youth City Lab is an agency made up of four non-profits – Big Buddy, Front Yard Bikes, Humanities Amped, and Line4Line, but they all bring their talents together for the greater good. Once the money is raised, kids will be able to attend the youth center for performing arts, bike riding, and barber classes. “I want to bring them over here to the youth city lab and put them to college,” stated O’Neil Curtis, Co-Founder of Line4Line. “So we’re gonna have a line4line barber college where we can watch the kids grow from high school to college.”
Youth City Lab says there is more than one way to give back if you can’t donate with money, you can always donate with your time. “Sometimes these kids need mentors and they need they need some people that they see that they can love them,” continued Curtis. LaFont agreed by saying, “Also donations of any kind, whether it be snacks or programs or materials for the holidays and gifts for Christmas or bicycles, are welcomed.” We take bikes that are donated all the time to teach in our programs, so people just need to find a way to give. And when you give, tell people about it.”
You can help them reach their $5,000 goal here.