Tools for Life:
A Start-Up Guide for Youth Recycling & Bicycling Programs
You've decided to take on a project that works with children. Not
only that, the success of the project depends on them. If you haven't
done it before, you're going to find that the kids are going to
constantly irritate, embarrass, disappoint, and infuriate you. At the
same time, they will also charm, amuse, surprise, and impress you.
You, on the other hand, are going to set standards they can't
possibly keep, demand their attention constantly, set a thousand
niggling rules, and scold them regularly. You will also give them the
most valuable commodity a child can have: a guiding hand. They'll keep
coming back for it. We've found recycling bicycles with kids to be
intensely rewarding. We hope you will, too.
This manual has touched on a lot of areas. If it seems a little
daunting by this point, don't be discouraged. As we said in the
beginning, start small. The elements we've discussed don't necessarily
all have to be in place on day one. The basic ingredients are kids and
bikes. If you've got those two, you're halfway there.