A group calling itself Protectors of Youth Riders Club has started a Huntsville branch.
The group is inviting community members interested in finding out more about the group to an informal meeting being held at the Tim Hortons located at 1 Capstone Lane. The meeting is scheduled for Friday, May 12 at 7 p.m.
Club founder and Barrie branch President Derek McLean, also known as “Big D,” said the group aims to help youth, 17 and under, who are being abused and/or bullied by becoming their mentor, friend and protector.
“We mentor abused kids, bullied kids, help bring their confidence back… we also go to court for kids that are afraid to face their assaulters. Often one of the techniques that defence lawyers will use is to fill the court, specially if it was a family member, with family members to try to intimidate the kid. So we go to be on that kid’s behalf so they feel a little bit more confident about what they’re going through,” he said.
The group hosts events and activities to help empower youth and teach them new things. It will aslo speak to the school on behalf of the youth or accompany his or her guardian to do so.
“If we have a kid, for example, that’s having a hard time sleeping because they’re afraid. We will actually hang out in their driveway for the night and help them get sleep,” he noted.
The club President in Huntsville is Chris Sidhu and the Vice President is Jason Arsenio.
“Come by and meet the PYRC group and bring those beautiful bikes! Don’t ride? that’s fine bring those smiling faces and come see some bikes and meet some great people helping a great cause!” states their Facebook page.
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