Youth Earn a Bike

Youth Earn-A-Bike (YEAB) is Back Alley Bikes’ core program. It is offered February through December on Saturdays, 11am-2pm, as well as weekdays by appointment in the summertime.

“Y” is for youth (aged 10-17).

This is a time for youth to work with each other. There are adult staff and volunteers on hand to assist, but we will never take a tool out of anyone’s hand.

“E” is for earn.

Youth earn bikes through their own hard work, and are rewarded with the knowledge that this is indeed *their* bike.

“A” is for a, as in one.

Youth can only earn one bike per year. However, there are a number of ways for them to stay involved at any time.

“B” is for bike. We mean pedal bikes – no motors here! We teach kids how to repair and celebrate the vehicle that predated cars.

Ham (left) helps Maurice (right) pick out a bike from the warehouse to build up and earn.

Ham (left) helps Maurice (right) pick out a bike from the warehouse to build up and earn.

If you or someone you know is interested in participating in Youth Earn-a-Bike, please download our YEAB Permission Slip and pass it along! Completed permission slips are required for Youth Earn-a-Bike and last for one year.Sanchez threading a chain through the rear derailleur.

Sanchez threading a chain through the rear derailleur.

Schedule

Year-round
YEAB occurs between February and December on Saturdays from 12-3pm. You need to register at least one week before your four week session starts. Youth must attend all four sessions, go on one youth ride within those four weeks, and demonstrate an understanding of safe riding and repair techniques in order to earn their bike.

Summer Schedule
During summer break (late June until the end of August) our YEAB hours expand. We offer “Camp Earn a Bike” as a way for youth to complete our usual Saturday EAB program in just one week! The session runs Tuesday through Friday, 9am-noon, and is by appointment only and requires the same EAB permission slip and commitment as mentioned above.

Francisco working with Gary on his bike.

Francisco working on his bike with Gary’s help.

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