CA Bikes Academy is creating a program that trains East Bay at risk youth with skills that will make them marketable in finding a job, get them off the street and make products that go to people in Africa that really need them. Its a win win situation for everyone!!
CA Bikes Academy is starting a machine shop in Oakland Calfornia, with a help of veteran volunteer instructors who have many years of experience in bike manufacturing we will be able to train at risk youth give them skill, get them off the street and make products that save lives in Africa.
CA Bikes Academy was started by Chris Ategeka; a graduate mechanical Engineer from UC Berkeley. Chris was born and raised in a small village in western Uganda. After losing both his parents at age seven, he experienced years of hardship, striving to complete his studies and take care of his five younger siblings. Through YES Uganda, a non-profit organization and sponsored by an American host family, Chris moved to California in 2006, enrolled in school, and graduated with highest honors from the University of California Berkeley in Mechanical Engineering. Chris got his first bicycle from a stranger, a gift that pushed him through school in Uganda and got him opportunities like attending the Best Engineering public school in the world.Pulling from his Engineering, Life experiences, & extraordinary leadership skills, Chris founded CA Bikes Academy where he serves as the Director CA Bikes academy teaches bay area at risk youth welding, brazing, basic machine shop skills & making bikes. Graduates keep the skills they learned which they later use to find jobs and as a final project to graduate students make products that are shipped off to Africa, through our sister organization CA Bikes Uganda and distributed to people in need.Whether it is an orphan receiving a bicycle or a disabled person getting their first wheel chair, this program has the power to change the lives of individuals as well as the lives. From students acquiring a skill that make them marketable to acquire a job or through its products by giving recipients gifts of hope, dignity, freedom and mobility. We save Lives!