The Bahati Foundation celebrates its launch held at the up-scale Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles, California during the month of March 2010. The fundamental values of the Bahati Foundation: GIVEBack, Respect, Challenge and Unbelievable Passion to impact change in young people's lives. The foundation's founder, Rahsaan grew up and began his bicycle racing career in the city of Compton, California, and in an effort to GIVEBack to his community, he established the foundation’s mission of supporting youth inner-city and underserved communities through a healthy lifestyle, access to ed-tech educational opportunities, and of course cycling outreach programs that are all designed to empower and inspire youth on and off the bike.
Rahsaan serves as an inspiration to thousands of youth and makes school appearances across the country, introducing students to all facets of cycling from; bike safety, bicycle racing tips, and general life lessons. Rahsaan’s appearances are designed to introduce cycling to young people living in underserved communities and working with community leaders, organizations, schools, and businesses to provide long-term resources for youth to nurture their talents and interest in the sport of cycling.
The foundation has established Cycling Clubs at Verbum Dei High School in the Watts community of Los Angeles, James Monroe Senior High School (LAUSD) and The Methods To Winning Development Youth Team. These Cycling Clubs at these two High Schools are the first phase of the foundation’s B/Smart Cycle Program designed for local schools in the Los Angeles area to introduce inner-city youth to Velodrome bicycling techniques, safety, and racing. The foundation will partner with Dignity Health Velodrome a world-class facility located on the campus of California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) Carson, California.
We believe all underserved youth can embrace who they are,
can define their future, and can change the world.
The mission of the Bahati Foundation is to empower inner-city youth by providing local schools with life skills programs that promote positive values, healthy habits, access to ed-tech and cycling – resulting in real-life power, on and off the bike.
We envision a Los Angeles and nation where inner-city youth have access to superior educational opportunities and have the options of mobility through biking that is safe and convenient in their communities.