Most CEO’s make plans, set a vision and delegate the hard stuff to employees to implement. Not Dr. Lori Salierno. First she saw the incredible hardship experienced by at-risk children as they intersected with the juvenile justice system. Then she founded a nonprofit, Celebrate Life International, located in Acworth, Georgia, to address the problems faced but youth who drop out of high school, are incarcerated or have limited their options for their futures.
Despite the fact that she’s 52 years old and wasn’t really a long-distance biker before this summer. Dr. Lori set out on a 3,000 odyssey across the heartland of this great country to “Break the Cycle” for at-risk youth. Starting out in her hometown of Vancouver, Washington and ending in her adopted town of Acworth, Georgia, Dr. Lori is focusing people’s attention on the kids in America who need it the most, who are the ones who are on the edge.
Highlighting the huge numbers of teens who are living in juvenile detention centers who are in need of mentoring and education so that they can make a better choices, Dr. Lori will finish her Break the Cycle journey by ending up at North Cobb High School, in Acworth, Georgia on August 4, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Since Acworth is where the headquarters of Celebrate Life International is located, it was a logical choice to focus the end of her bike ride on the community where she works and lives.
Acworth Mayor, Tommy Allegood said, “In Acworth and every community in the nation our schools have young people that are academically and socially being left behind. Dr. Lori Salerno, through Celebrate Life International, has developed and implemented a program that empowers and inspires at-risk children to make choices that change the course of their life. The Teach One to Lead One® life-changing program was launched right here in Acworth at North Cobb High School. Lori has dedicated her summer to ride across these United States to raise awareness and the funding to make sure communities like Acworth, Georgia do not leave their young people behind when it comes to preparing them for life’s journey!”
Dr. Lori, through her Breaking the Cycle tour hopes to raise awareness, as well as enough funds to help 10,000 kids enter Celebrate Life’s mentoring program entitled Teach One to Lead One®. With this seven part leadership skill development program and curriculum, volunteer mentors hope to steer young people into a new path.
Want to Participate in the Challenge the Cycle Tour Homecoming?
When: Saturday, August 4, 2012, 10:00 - noon at North Cobb Stadium
Where: Bike Parade from Main Street to North Cobb Christian School to end up at the North Cobb Stadium. Check with Celebrate Life about the exact schedule (770-529-7700).
DJ Music will be provide by Old Dixie Highway, which includes Grady Clark and Eric Cain. Lunch will be catered by Sonny’s Barbeque for a small donation.
Mayor Tommy Allegood will be speaking as well as Dr. Lori. Please bring your friends and family to this family-friendly event. If you’d like to follow her progress before August 4, go to www.challengethecycle.org