Youth Bike Education & Empowerment Program


Neighborhood Bike Works offers after-school, weekend, and summer programs for youth to learn about bike mechanics and safe urban riding, explore the city, and gain both tangible and life skills. In 2013, we launched the Youth Bike Education & Empowerment Program (YBEEP), a holistic path for youth to progress from basic bike repair and riding classes through increasingly advanced opportunities that instill confidence, inspire a spirit of adventure, and build skills for future success.

YBEEP is organized into four tiers where youth ages 8-18 can graduate from any one of our entry-level programs into additional programs of their choice, and share the skills they learn with others.



ages 8-18 - start here to expand your horizons

Earn-A-Bike: learn to refurbish a used bike, then take it home after an 8-week after-school program

Ride Club: explore Philly’s landmarks and green spaces in a 4-week after-school program

Summer Camp: build a bike and explore the city in a 2-week day camp (ages 8-14)



ages 8-18 - stay involved to build your skills

Drop-In Open Shop: continue practicing bike mechanics and spend your earned participation-hours

Monthly Group Rides: explore Philly at your pace on fun group rides

Cadence Youth Cycling, Team NBW: practice and race competitively (ages 12-18)

Kinetic Sculpture Class: design and build artistic kinetic sculptures

Youth Council: collaborate with a core group of leaders to be the youth voice of NBW

Youth Bike Summit: travel with us to participate in the national youth bike movement



ages 14-18 - deepen your skills through advanced training, represent NBW at events, and earn money

Leadership & Advanced Mechanics: refine your professional mechanic skills and learn the teaching and leadership qualities required of our Assistant Instructors

Winter Bike Build: build bikes that are donated to children for the holidays

Bike Safety Check: provide basic bike safety repair services for the community

Valet Bike Parking: provide valet bike services for events

Bike Share Ambassador: practice bike advocacy and spread the word about Philly’s Indego Bike Share system



ages 14-18 - gain job experience and earn a paycheck

Assistant Instructor: share your knowledge and enthusiasm for bikes by helping to teach our classes

Mechanic Apprentice: work to support our bike retail operation

Job Placement with Local Partners: land a job with our partner organizations including local bike shops


© 2013 Neighborhood Bike Works. NBW is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Federal EIN 23-3012779, United Way Donor Choice #14084. Official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling 1 (800) 732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.