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Kids get exercise, build relationships with 'Mentoring by the Mile'

Some Boys & Girls Club members are getting good exercise while they learn important lessons and build relationships with mentors. (Source: WALB) Some Boys & Girls Club members are getting good exercise while they learn important lessons and build relationships with mentors. (Source: WALB)
Boys & Club member Ayanna Phelps (Source: WALB) Boys & Club member Ayanna Phelps (Source: WALB)
Once the kids complete 300 miles of cycling, they'll be given the bicycles and safety equipment. (Source: WALB) Once the kids complete 300 miles of cycling, they'll be given the bicycles and safety equipment. (Source: WALB)
Donna Yielding of Pecan City Peddlers (Source: WALB) Donna Yielding of Pecan City Peddlers (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Some Boys & Girls Club members are getting good exercise while they learn important lessons and build relationships with mentors.

The Club is partnering with the Pecan City Peddlers and Amerigroup for the 'Mentoring by the Mile' program.

The Jefferson Street Boys & Girls Club geared up for a ride filled with fun and fitness Wednesday night.

"I love the program. It's a pretty good program," said Boys & Club member Ayanna Phelps.

16-year-old Phelps was not a cyclist before joining the 'Mentoring by the Mile' program. 

Twice a week, Phelps and 9 other members ride 10 miles, checking out various city attractions and historical landmarks. All while building relationships with mentors.

Amerigroup Community Care of Georgia provided the funding and the bikes for the program. 

"Not only do we learn healthy habits but we also learn leadership," said Phelps. 

While on the trail, mentors like Donna Yielding of Pecan City Peddlers coaches the kids on the proper cycling technique and rules of the road.

"It's our little stops and the little education that we get from Marvin," explained Yielding. "I think that is very meaningful to the children. And I can see that they enjoy that history lesson as well. 

"We actually rode by Mt. Zion and I learned that Dr. King actually started from that church and walked to the courthouse where he made his debut in Albany, during the Albany movement," said Phelps. 

Yielding said that she also had a history lesson of her own. 

"I was not here during the flood," said Yielding. "The 96 flood, so it was a big education for me. We went down to Albany State and saw the stack."

Phelps recommends the program to her peers, and plans to continue to cycle. 

Once the kids complete 300 miles of cycling, they'll be given the bicycles and safety equipment.

The program started a few weeks ago and the young cyclists have already ridden 75 miles. 

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