Youth Earn-A-Bike (YEAB) is Back Alley Bikes’ core program. It is offered February through December. A permission slip is required for youth to participate in our programs. These expire after one year.
“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 bicycle. We mean pedal bikes – no motors here! We teach kids how to repair and celebrate the vehicle that predated cars.
If you or someone you know is interested in participating in Youth Earn-a-Bike, please download our Permission Slip and pass it along! Completed permission slips are required for Youth Earn-a-Bike and last for one year. Permission slips allow youth to access other programs like Youth Open Shop or Youth Rides, including the Safe Streets Youth Ride & Barbecue at the end of summer.
Spring & Fall
YEAB occurs between January through May and September through November in the fall. Classes meet once weekly on Tuesday evenings from 5-8pm. Youth need to register at least one week before the five week session starts. Youth must attend all five sessions and demonstrate an understanding of safe riding and repair techniques in order to earn their bike.
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 weekly EAB program in just one week! The sessions run Monady through Friday, 9am-noon and require the same YEAB permission slip and commitment as mentioned above.
DPTV Digital Badge Adventure
This year participants who complete YEAB are eligible to collect digital badges for participating in the program. There are lots of other cool activities being offered through the Digital Badge Adventure program in 2016, so it’s definitely worth checking out. We’ll issue award codes to participants as they complete programs.
Event Phone: 313-879-5630
- April 11, 2017 - May 9, 2017
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Youth Earn a Bike is a 5 week class that teaches youth between the ages of 10-17 to overhaul hubs, headsets, and bottom brackets as well as adjust shifters and brakes and change a flat. Participants will learn road safety and proper riding techniques. On the final day of class participants will test ride their (more…)
Event Phone: 3138795630
- May 16, 2017 - June 13, 2017
4:55 pm - 8:00 pm
During this five week training program, youth ages 10-17 go through the steps of overhauling the bottom brakcets, headsets, and hubs of donated bicycles. They also learn how to adjust and replace brake and shift components. Classes are taught by mechanics instructors but it’s up to each participant to do the work their bike requires. (more…)