Introducing the NBW Youth Council:
The Neighborhood Bike Works Youth Council serves to build youth leadership and youth voice in the NBW community. The Council offers their ideas on new NBW programs and events to staff and other leaders in our community. At times when NBW makes critical organizational decisions, NBW staff and Board consult with the Youth Council to understand a youth perspective and gather additional input. Youth Council members facilitate connection and communication between staff and youth program participants. With help from the Youth Council we hope to become a more youth-led organization, attuned to the interests of youth leaders.
NBW's Youth Council formed in 2014 after several NBW youth leaders attended the Youth Bike Summit.
Youth Council President
In 2013 Joshua joined an Earn-A-Bike class at Neighborhood Bike Works and never looked back. He has since completed every program we offer and now serves at Youth Council president; he facilitates all Youth Council meetings, gathers input from Council members, and appears at all types of NBW events and programs. We can count on Joshua to keep the Council organized and focused on reaching its goals. You might have met Joshua at one of the three Youth Bike Summit conferences he has attended with Neighobrhood Bike Works.
Youth Council Secretary
James is a fixture at Neighborhood Bike Works. After completing an Earn-A-Bike class in 2012, James has put in hundreds of hours in our shops. All of his hard work led to earning a job at Trophy Bikes in 2016. James maintains meeting notes for all Youth Council sessions and always offers thoughtful ideas. You might see him in West Philly with a bike trailer in tow.
Youth Council Treasurer
Simone has been involved in NBW programs for years! In the Kinetic Sculpture Class she's contributed to building a massive dragon, cupcake, and spider - all rideable sculptures entered into the Kinetic Sculpture Derby! Simone acted as a Youth Counselor in NBW's summer camp during the summer of 2016 and is currently in the Leadership and Advanced Mechanics Course. As Treasurer, Simone co-manages the Youth Council budget and develops fundraising ideas.
Public Relations/Social Media Coordinator
With extensive experience making videos and curating photos, Josiah was an obvious pick for Social Media Coordinator. In 2014, Josiah took the lead on producing a Summer Camp promo video for Neighborhood Bike Works. He always entertains us with humorous stories and is a trustworthy spokesperson for NBW. Like other Council members, Josiah has done many of our programs and often turns out for NBW events. You'll no doubt hear from him via NBW's social media platforms.
Everyone at Neighborhood Bike Works knows Adiva. Her outgoing and friendly character make her pefect for the Outreach Coordinator role. Adiva makes friends everywhere she goes - in all of our programs, events, and far beyond. As Outreach Coordinator, Adiva spearheads recruitment of new Youth Council Members, engages students at NBW graduations, and works with the Treasurer organizing fundraising and service projects. Word on the street is that Adiva and her fellow Council members are working on a bike fashion show.