At Bike Works our youth programs are rooted in the belief that young people thrive when they are valued, feel a sense of belonging, and value themselves. We actively involve young people in their community which helps them to develop new skills and promote links with neighbors while catalyzing future youth involvement in community change.
Our youth programs offer an innovative combination of education, bicycle repair and ownership, outdoor activities, and community service and include:
Learn how to fix bikes! During this 8-week after-school program you can practice your skills on bikes we repair and give back to the community. When you have worked enough hours of community service on the bikes we fix up and donate, you can pick out and fix up your own bike, bike parts, or accessories! Learn more >
Summer Camps and Tours
Join the Bike Works crew in our variety of summer camps and we are sure you’ll find one that suits you. We offer riding camps, bike touring camps, repair camps, and day bike camps. Learn how to support yourself through your own pedal power while exploring the State of Washington. Learn more >
UGottaGetABike is a collaboration with schools and nonprofits to get low-income youth (those on free or reduced lunch subsidies) on bicycles. We partner with organizations serving immigrants, low-income youth and other marginalized youth. The one-day program teaches youth how to fix a flat, get their chain back on, and safely ride. Participants then go home with a “new” bike – refurbished by youth in our after-school program – and a helmet to keep. Learn more >
Twice a year, in May and December, we work with partner organizations to identify low-income families who have children who are in need of a working bike. Our youth and adult volunteers spend time refurbishing bikes that are then given to the youth from these partner organizations. Learn more >
Youth Leadership Opportunities
Our programs incorporate youth leaders at every level. Youth mentor each other in our classroom, democratically decide on locations and activities for weekly Saturday rides, sit on our Youth Advisory Committee and our Board of Directors, work in our shop, and help lead summer camps. Learn more >
R.I.D.E.S (Ride, Investigate, Discover the Environment & Society) is a program designed to encourage youth from diverse backgrounds to get on their bikes and keep pedaling. Learn more >
Bike Works partners with schools and community organizations to offer custom programs to children and teens that may not be able to participate in on-site programming. Learn more >
Bike Works has created a 250 page modular curriculum to share with the community. “Frameworks: A Modular Guide to Youth Development and Bicycle Repair” is available for free download from our site. Learn more >
3715 S Hudson St #111 (Lower Level)
Seattle, WA 98118
*The entrance to the classroom is down the ramp to the right of the Hudson Building and around the corner!
Below are youth speeches from the 2014 Bike Works Auction: