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United Lowrider Coalition debuts youth leadership bike club for at-risk children

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Posted at 12:16 PM, Mar 30, 2024
and last updated 2024-03-30 19:01:00-04

NATIONAL CITY, Calif. (KGTV) — The United Lowrider Coalition introduced its new initiative aimed at supporting at-risk children: the Youth Leadership Lowrider Bike Club.

It’s more than just learning how to build a lowrider bike. It's about creating a relationship with a mentor.

“Why is a bike frame so important? Well, with a bike frame, the frame is the foundation and that’s the foundation of the youth," said Jovita Arellano, president of the United Lowrider Coalition.

Arellano said she hopes the program will help children overcome the struggles they might be facing at home.

Lowriders and children who already build lowrider bikes will be the mentors.

“This is a 1969 Schwinn electric sting ray," said Evelyn, a 10-year-old participant.

Evelyn is ready to teach the group about patience.

“I learned that you can express your feelings with the bike and you can make an impact on the community,” she said.

As a pilot initiative, the program will initially serve a limited number of participants.

The United Lowrider Coalition said it plans to roll out the full program in summer and welcome in 20 children.