YEWTHS ROC is a program of Reach Out and Care Wheels (ROC Wheels), is based in Bozeman, Montana, and is a 501 (c)(3) faith-based non-profit.
Never before has such a need existed for youth to be mentored an encouraged to see how valuable they are- just the way they are. They need to be taught that their lives are valuable and meaningful and that they can care for others by using the skills they have. Today’s youth are leaders and they need help not only understanding this, but also looking beyond themselves and into the lives and needs of others.
YEWTHS ROC is a program that teaches philanthropy though a standards-aligned curriculum which serves to educate our students about culture, disabilities, and what they themselves can do to reach out and care for others, from right where they are. It allows youth to experience the specific steps involved in providing mobility devices to children with disabilities in developing countries. What can one young person do to address huge world issues like hunger, poverty, clean water, or mobility? YEWTHS ROC program answers that question by breaking it down into manageable steps: identify a need, make a plan, and take action.
According to the World Health Organization, An estimated 1% of the world’s population, or just over 65 million people, need a wheelchair. (source)
ROC Wheels Mission Statement: To provide mobility products for people with disabilities in developing countries and to foster partnerships through ministry, youth empowerment, wheelchair distributions, manufacturing opportunities, and educational development.
YEWTHS ROC is a division of ROC wheels and is dedicated to empowering youth to reach out and care for others worldwide. Our mission is to empower youth by giving them the knowledge and tools they need to positively impact others in the world.
1. To empower youth to Reach Out and Care for others in their school, their community and the world.
2. To empower youth by learning the process involved in impacting lives worldwide with the tools and knowledge needed to do it.
3. To empower youth by learning what other people their age are doing to make a difference in their world.
4. To broaden student’s perspectives of the world by learning about a chosen country, its culture and people.
5. To increase student’s knowledge of specific disabilities and facilitate an understanding of the different strengths, abilities and needs we all posses.
6. To empower individuals with disabilities.
7. To personally connect youth with other youth in another part of their world.
8. To empower youth to directly impact the lives of others by purchasing specially designed pediatric wheelchairs (ROC chairs) through creative fundraising efforts.
9. To give youth the opportunity to participate in the planning and manufacturing of a wheelchair or other adaptive pieces of equipment.
10. To celebrate the unique gifts of each person participating in the program and challenge them to continue to ROC after the program is completed.
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ROC Wheels is a faith-based non-profit that aims to empower people affected by disabilities around the world through the distribution of custom-fit wheelchairs and mobility products.
ROC Wheels’ purpose goes beyond simply dropping off wheelchairs. We exist to minister to people’s physical, emotional, and spiritual needs with the love of God. ROC Wheels serves people regardless of political affiliation, religious belief, or ethnic identity.
We believe in supporting the development of wheelchair manufacturing facilities in developing nations to lead to increased sustainability and a larger number of wheelchairs distributed to people in need.
Every year, ROC Wheels’ team of staff and volunteer physical and occupational therapists travel to several different developing nations to serve children affected by disabilities and their families. We do not just give a generic wheelchair to a person affected by disabilities, but we provide them with the right custom-fit wheelchair
Each YEWTHS ROC program offers a series of 7 lessons with choices of activities within each lesson. Lessons include: Program introduction, Cultural Knowledge, Disability Awareness, Personal Connection, Manufacturing, Fundraising, and Celebration. A minimum of 3 lessons is required for the program to be effective (Introduction, one project and Closure.)