We are mentors. Our goal is not only to provide Austin and San Antonio youth with supervised access to outdoor physical activity, but to help them develop into self-sufficient riders who have the skills and knowledge to use their bicycles for transportation without depending on adults.
We facilitate bicycle ownership for those who cannot afford it on their own and maintenance support for those who can. Our Earn-A-Bike program at Boys and Girls Club East Austin Club continues to grow and has helped over a hundred students earn new-to-them bikes and many more to repair and maintain the bikes they already had.
Our Apprentice Mechanic offering is expanding into an elective class where high school students will earn an Apprentice Mechanic Certificate and be eligible for additional paid internships.
We have developed a new Apprentice Program that matches participants with paid internships. We hired our first apprentice, Se’Daruis, in April, and in the summer of 2014 we partnered with Austin B-Cycle where he worked building and repairing bikes and gaining valuable skills and experience.
We strive to create a culture of positive peer mentorship and mutual support that fosters the development of leaders within social groups and communities. This has been demonstrated by our youth Ride Assistants, Shop Assistants, and paid Apprentices, all of whom have grown from within our various programs to become youth leaders.