February 13, 2018
From KPBS, San Diego Sports Program Teaches Teens Life Lessons Through Cycling by Matthew Bowler
"Teenagers from low-income schools have a chance to earn a new bike and learn a new sport at the San Diego Velodrome in Balboa Park. The San Diego VeloYouth Program reaches out to more than 100 students every year. Program director Matt Hoffmann said they work with at-risk teens from around San Diego and the South Bay. 'If they've gone through the program, done their community service, they had positive participation and great attendance, they earn a bike, a lock and a helmet at the end of our program,' Hoffmann said. Hoffmann teaches kids how to ride bikes on the Velodrome track. He helps motivate them off the track with lessons in teamwork, personal responsibility and healthy competition. According to the VeloYouth web site, more than 500 students have earned bikes through the program since 2006."
February 1, 2018
San Diego VeloYouth (SDVY) held a celebrity bartender fundraiser January 31 at Sbicca restaurant in Del Mar. The two local celebrities and cycling gurus were Dan Sbicca and John Sarkisian. With their efforts, along with the organizing effort of Jim Benedict and his fellow SDVY Board Members, the event was a great success. Raising just under $40,000, the night has set into motion the expansion of the SDVY program to reach more schools and even more at-risk youth. SDVY is extremely greatful to all who attended and gave generously. Without the support of the community, SDVY would not exist. Look out for another amazing fundraising event in the South Bay in the near future.
November 25, 2017
It's #GivingTuesday on November 28. Open your hearts and wallets to help at-risk youth, by making an impactful contribtiuon. This is the start of our Annual Giving Campaign fundraising drive through December. Check out the giving campaign letter and the latest edition of our newsletter, Possibilities In Motion, Volume 9, Issue 1.
November 9, 2017
We are very proud to announce a new participating school in our VeloYouth values-based cycling program—Crawford High School. “With the help of Mark Braun at Crawford, we are building an exciting and relevant program to help build self esteem and pride with these high school students,” stated Matt Hoffmann, Director of Youth Programs. And thanks also to Howard Oleff for leading us to Mark. The six week program is currently in progress with our day of Giving Back and Paying It Forward scheduled for December 2nd and graduation on December 6th.
October 25, 2017
San Diego VeloYouth congratulates to our Hoover High School fall semester graduating class. Twenty-one (21) boys and girls from Hoover High successfully participated in our 6 week program. “I am happy to report that 80% of all participants graduated from the program and earned a FREE bike,” stated Matt Hoffmann, Director of Youth Programs. “Having a bike, with helmet and lock, will change their lives. Not only the pride of earning a bike, but gaining confidence and self-esteem validates our powerful messaging”.
August 24, 2017
We are excited to announce that we have secured the services of both LAK Advertising and Merrill Marketing/Communications to help with our advertising and PR outreach. “Many thanks to Kim Merrill and Chelle Struve for all of your tireless energy and expertise to help us build awareness and VeloYouth branding,” stated Tanya Landry, Co-Founder of VeloYouth.
And a big thanks to the Sully team lead by Chris Janikas for building our TV and radio PSA program both in English and in Spanish.
April 15, 2016
VeloYouth is excited to announce that Rob Panzera, Robert Kaplan and Marty Katz have joined our board of directors. The three bring a broad range of business acumen and connections in the bicycle industry.
Mr. Panzera owns a very well known and popular bicycle event management company – CCSD. He is highly connected in the bicycle industry in San Diego and nationwide.
Dr. Kaplan is, among other activities, a professor at UCSD. He also sits on the board of the Challenged Athletes Foundation. When not providing leadership at the San Diego Opera, he will help us build and expand our mission and influence in our community.
Mr. Katz is the senior partner at Wood Phillips, an intellectual property law firm. Marty's legal, regulatory, risk assessment experience is an invaluable asset to the San Diego VeloYouth Board as the program expands
December 2, 2016
In tandem with our Annual Giving Campaign, San Diego VeloYouth (SDVY) (a.k.a. Quality of Life Connections) is launching the official documentary of Matt Hoffmann Race Across America (RAAM). If you missed the live viewings in late 2015 and early 2016, now's your chance to see the documentary in its entirety. Check out Matt's 2015 RAAM adventure and how the SDVY program, and the kids in the program, inspired him to keep pushing through pain and sleep deprivation to the ultimate goal of finishing in Annapolis, Maryland. The video is FREE, but we are asking for a suggested donation of US$10.00 (ten dollars) for SDVY for video viewing. 100% of donations for video viewing go directly to SDVY.
Make your US$10.00 donation here:
November 29, 2016
Join our Annual Giving Campaign! We invite you to join us in our celebration so that together we can bring renewed energy and strength to SDVY. With your support, we will raise $120,000 this year so that we can continue our mission and ignite a spark of hope and change in our kids. PDF of Annual Giving Campaign donation form HERE.
November 15, 2016
Our latest newsletter is available. Follow this link to the full PDF of our latest newsletter (Fall/Winter 2016: Volume 8, Issue 3). This newsletter volume includes information from coaches and Board members and how VeloYouth impacts their lives in positive ways, while helping at-risk youth achieve more success through community in their everyday lives.
September 1, 2016
Our latest newsletter is available. Follow this link to the full PDF of our latest newsletter (Summer 2016: Volume 8, Issue 2). This newsletter volume includes a wrap up of our summer program with Chula Vista Middle School, plus information on the launch of both a VeloYouth program and our new Bike Maintenance Vocational Program and Bike Shop at Hoover High School… details in our next newsletter.
April 18, 2016
Our latest newsletter is available. Follow this link to the full PDF of our latest newsletter (Spring 2016, Volume 8, Issue 1). This newsletter volume includes the section: Where Are They Now? Hear from some of our program graduates. It is heartwarming to learn of those who are doing well and we willingly share where they are now.
December 24, 2015
Dear Friends and Supporters of San Diego VeloYouth (SDVY),
Follow these links to full PDFs of our latest newsletter (Fall/Winter 2015 Volume 7, Issue 3) and our annual campaign letter (SDVY Giving Campaign). You will find the latest news about our athletes and staff, and an opportunity to extend your support of our amazing program for another year. The news from our kids will touch your heart and hopefully ignite a belief in the endless possibilities in motion at SDVY. This campaign is near and dear to our hearts.
Thank you for checking out the newsletter and the annual campaign letter,
January 1, 2015
What is next at San Diego VeloYouth?
2015 will be a big year for SDVY. In January, we will kickoff our collaboration with Juvenile Court & Community School’s South Bay Technical Academy, as students take to the track and begin earning their bikes.