NBW offers many opportunities to advance student's understanding of bike maintenance and to develop leadership skills etc. To enroll in an Advanced level program, the student must have completed an entry level program. All advanced level programs are restricted to youth between the ages of 14 and 18.
- Leadership and Advanced Mechanics Course (LAMC)
- Winter Bike Build
- Outreach Events
Leadership and Advanced Mechanics Course (LAMC)
The Leadership and Advanced Mechanics Course is designed to introduce Neighborhood Bike Works' youth graduates to advanced bike mechanic skills while learning how to become an Earn-A-Bike class Instructor or a Bike Shop Apprentice. The class combines hands-on instruction by some of Philadelphia's most knowledgeable bike mechanics, opportunities to practice teaching others bike repair, and field trips to local hot spots of the bike industry.
Students must be between 14-18 years old and have completed one of our entry level classes - Earn-A-Bike, Ride Club, Summer Camp. Students who complete this Leadership Course have the opportunity to get a summer job with Neighborhood Bike Works! To enroll in the Leadership and Advanced Mechanics Course, fill out the NBW Youth Application & Waiver and contact an NBW staff person. This program is FREE.
Program Schedule: January 11 - March 2, 2016, Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00-6:00pm. This class is offered only once/year.
Winter Bike Build
Every winter NBW pays youth a stipend to build hundreds of brand new Huffy bikes. Participants also learn lessons in personal finance such as opening a bank account. The newly assembled bikes are distributed to youth in Philadelphia during the winter holiday season. The Winter Bike Build is made possible through a partnership with CH2M. CH2M raises money to purchase brand new Huffy bikes and supports the delivery and distribution of these bikes.
To Sign Up: NBW graduates ages 14-18 are eligible to sign up for this class. Graduates bring their knowledge and skills to build up to 15 bikes each within a short four-week program. This program is typically offered from mid-November to mid-December. Program dates and times are announced in the fall. Like all graduate and advanced level programs, students must have completed an entry level program to participate.
Outreach Event Youth Worker
NBW invites advanced level youth between the ages of 14 - 18 to work at various outreach events in Philadelphia. Outreach events usually consist of Bike Safety Checks, Valet Bike Parking, or promoting Philadelphia's Bike Share as a Bike Share Ambassador. Youth interested in these opportunities receive training from NBW staff. These events are an opportunity for youth to represent NBW at community events and earn money. Most events take place in the warmer months. In order to be eligible to work at Outreach Events, students must have completed an entry level program with NBW.