Teen Club members build bikes to donate to deserving kids


The link in Nocatee recently launched a Teen Club under the dedicated leadership of Jeff Tawney, director of operations. With weekly meetups and engaging activities hosted at the link, the Teen Club is buzzing with energy.
At the heart of the club's ethos is empowerment. Each week, they invite inspiring guest speakers to address the teens on a range of topics, from future college plans and career paths to navigating the complexities of everyday life.
From its inception, the link Teen Club encouraged active participation from its teen members. Tawney threw down the challenge, urging teens to contribute ideas, suggest topics and propose activities for the weekly gatherings. Notably, the spirit of giving back and engaging in charitable endeavors quickly emerged as a central theme.
In the spirit of the season, December saw the realization of a heartwarming initiative: “Build a Bike.”

Thanks to the generosity of three private donors — Rob Swymer, Wendy Mollo and Jeff Tawney — the Teen Club raised funds to purchase eight brand-new kids’ bicycles. Collaborating with the local Nocatee bike shop, Bicycles Etc., the teens took a hands-on approach, learning the intricacies of building bicycles correctly and safely. The teens extended a big “thank you” to Drew and Tyler at the bike shop for helping guide the group.
Building these bicycles also helped the teens to build a team.
The highlight of this initiative? All eight bikes were thoughtfully donated to fulfill Christmas wishes for deserving kids who attend Abess Park Elementary and Stilwell Middle School.

The link Teen Club has brought great community activities such as the recent Reality Fair and the upcoming College Student Talks — Life 101, which will be held on Saturday, Dec. 16, at the link.

These free events are great for both teens and parents to attend. Go to app@thelink.zone for more details and to register for this free event.

For more information on how to participate in the link Teen Club, contact Tawney at Jeff@thelink.zone.

The club wished everyone a merry Christmas.