The Earn-a-Bike Program
The foundation of Blackstone Bicycle Works youth education work is the Earn-a-Bike Program, which allows kids to participate in an active business while earning their way to a bicycle. Starting with flat repair and working up, Woodlawn children, aged 9-16, learn not only how to fix and maintain their own modes of transportation, but how to conduct themselves in a busy bikeshop setting. Once a child accumulates 25 hours in the shop, they can pick a bike from our refurbished selection, along with a new helmet and lock. Since 1994, the Earn-a-Bike Program has helped hundreds of Woodlawn children gain bicycle-mobility, practical skills, and self esteem.
School Year Hours:
Tues-Fri AFTER-SCHOOL, Sat 10am-12 pm
Tues-Fri 9:30 am-1 pm, Sat 10 am-12 pm
Registration forms are available in the shop, or email email@example.com.
The Youth Apprenticeship program was created to train our more advanced participants in the specifics of bike mechanics and shop operations. After learning the basics of bike mechanics, these teens then become paid members of the Blackstone crew during summer break. Apprentices work on customer repairs and provide customer service, while helping the Earn-a-Bike participants learn basic bike skills.