Cycling Across NC to Support Excellerate Youth!
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Ended Nov 17, 2014
My name is Jamie Blondin. On September 28, 2014, I rode my bicycle across the state of North Carolina to sponsor an orphaned teen into the Excellerate program. Will you support me? Please follow me on FB and Twitter (@jamieblondin) ... More ...

My name is Jamie Blondin. On September 28, 2014, I am riding my bicycle across the state of North Carolina to raise money to sponsor a student into the Excellerate program. Will you support me? Please follow me on FB and Twitter (@jamieblondin) as I provide training updates as well as Progress reports the week of my ride. Please follow, donate, and re-tweet!

What is Excellerate?

As adoptive parents, Allen Griffin and his wife had the privelege of creating forever homes for 3 of their over 50+ foster children. So many do not make it out of the foster and adoption programs and as youth have never had "forever" families. Excellerate bridges the gap between that flawed system and the God we serve. They apply biblically-based life skills to empower students to excel into the next phase of their lives. Excellerate is bigger than a church program. It is the very heart of God.

Students are trained in an in-house program including such major life topics as spiritual growth, professionalism,  financial responsibility, social skills, and life skills. By learning with intensity in these areas, these young adults are better prepared to face the challenges of adult life in a way they may have never learned otherwise. They also form close bonds with teachers and other students as they study and face the realities of life together.

One of the greatest needs in the lives of these young people is transportation. School, work, and social development are all established when they have adequate transportation. The twist to this program that got my attention is that upon successful completion of this 12-week program, students are also eligible to receive a car donated and prepared by Excellerate partners!

Upon learning of this ministry and meeting and talking to Allen and his staff personally, I realized that I can perhaps help affect at least one life by giving one or more students a chance to make it in life and not become a number or a bad statistic. My goal is to raise a minimum of $7000, the cost to sponsor, or "adopt" one student into this program.

Will you help me sponsor one, even 2 or 3 students into Excellerate this school year? I am willing to ride my bike across the state of North Carolina the week of September 28th, 2014 from Cherokee, NC to the Outer Banks; a journey of over 500 miles. Will you support me? Please follow me on FB and Twitter (@jamieblondin) as I provide training updates as well as Progress reports the week of my ride. Please follow, donate, and re-tweet! Thank you!

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