BOISE -- A Treasure Valley man is hoping a community bike ride will help bring communities together and jump start change.
Derrick Boles is the founder of Stand Up America, a movement designed to find solutions to fight bullying, drug abuse, violence and discrimination.
Boles told us he is passionate about creating programs that will connect people, rather than allowing social ills to tear them apart. He said his goal is to help fund groups and educational programs that are working to promote positive action.
That's why people who participate in the bike ride can pledge 50 percent of their registration fee to Stand Up America participants including several local schools and groups like the Police Activities League which helps fund sports programs for area youth.
"It's interesting how we've created things that really disconnect us so what we're trying to do is bring everyone together to let them know that we're all dealing with the same social ills and then empower people to start to develop solutions so that's the ultimate takeaway," said Boles.
To kick-off the movement in the Gem State, Boles is holding the Stand Up Idaho Community Challenge Ride. The event will take place on September 28 at the Idaho Center.
There will be several different ride lengths for bikers to choose from along with entertainment and a speech from Milton Creagh, a nationally renowned motivational speaker. the three-mile family ride starts at 8:30 a.m.
"And we're asking people to be a part of finding solutions, so the bike ride is symbolic, but ultimately there are some meat and potatoes that will come," said Boles.
Although the event will be held in Nampa, Boles said he hopes people from many different Treasure Valley communities will take part.
To register for the Stand Up Idaho Community Challenge Bike Ride, click here.
If you'd like to learn more about the Stand Up America movement, click here.
You can also check out the Stand Up Idaho Facebook page.