As the CBC grew from just a dozen to hundreds of kids, Andy recruited volunteers to help out. In 2006, the CBC purchased what’s now our current property at 45 Granite Street, on six acres abutting Clifford Park. It includes a rock climbing wall and a bike skills course.
New programs were added. Programs that didn’t have anything to do with bikes. Programs like Trek2Connect, Adventure Academy, Apex Does, and Outdoor Adventures invite more kids to get “out there” in more ways than ever before.
So now anyone, not just youth who like riding or fixing bikes, but anyone who wants to connect can join a program.
Andy grew this organization from a volunteer-run program in his garage to a thriving youth development center embedded in the fabric of Biddeford, Maine. He’s our hero!
But even Andy recognized we needed a different name. Too many people were confused. So, after years of thought and one very busy year of development, we changed our name in October, 2019 to Apex Youth Connection. And we know it is good because Biddeford classroom students helped us choose it! Now our name tells you who we are and where we’re going: Getting kids to their apex — ready, able, and excited.