You can earn a bike at Community Bike Works, and you can also do a lot more. Students begin their journey through Bike Works in Earn a Bike, and may then participate in our full range of programs. All programs are offered at no cost, and students may participate until they turn 18. As students move through the programs, they gain increasing responsibility and opportunities.
EARN A BIKE. Get ready to get your hands dirty! In Community Bike Works’ flagship Earn a Bike program, students team up with adult mentors for a 12-week course in bike mechanics and safety. Class topics include tires & tubes, hubs, brakes, headsets & more. During the rodeo class, students practice safe riding.
Students work from a manual, and each student keeps a journal of his or her progress. Students arrive for class on time and ready to work, work at a task until completed, see the satisfaction of turning a broken bike into a functional one. Once students complete their classes, they earn their refurbished bike and new helmet! Earn a Bike classes are held onsite at our downtown Allentown bike shop, in local schools, and at the Lehigh County campus of KidsPeace. Plus, we're now in East Allentown as well, at the Mosser Village Family Center at 614 S. Carlisle Street, Allentown, 18109 (at the entrance to Keck Park).
hours: Onsite classes generally meet once a week from 6-8 pm in the spring, summer and fall; afternoon classes are offered between semesters. Call 610-434-1140.
EARN A BOOK. Let's read! In Earn a Book, students spend one-on-one time with a trained tutor from Cedar Crest College. Students participate in a mix of reading and writing, group projects, and homework tutoring designed to foster an enthusiasm for and increased competence in reading and writing.
Each semester ends with a trip to the bookstore, where students who have logged 18 or more hours earn a book or books of their choice.
hours: 4-6 pm Monday through Thursday in January-May and September-December.
AFTERNOON DROP-IN. In our after-school and summer program, students spend time with adult mentors in a relaxed environment, while participating in activities designed to be enriching and engaging.
On any given day, students can work on their own bike or help a friend repair his or hers, or participate in a range of activities that include bike rides in Trexler Park, games and craft activities, visits from speakers, or special field trips.
hours: 3-5:30 pm Monday-Thursday; 3-5 pm Fridays during the school year. 1:30-5:30 pm Monday-Thursday, 1:30-5 pm Fridays during the summer.
YOUTH LEADERSHIP. Once a student graduates from Earn a Bike, he or she is eligible to become a youth volunteer (age 12) and, ultimately, a youth apprentice (age 14). Youth volunteers receive additional training to improve their bike mechanics and leadership skills, while gaining the opportunity to give back to the Community Bike Works community.
Youth apprentices earn their first paychecks by working as peer mentors and Earn a Bike instructors.
SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM. Students who have completed Earn a Bike--no matter how recently or long ago--who are continuing their post-high school education may apply for Community Bike Works' new scholarship program, to help cover the expenses of post-secondary education or training. 2017 scholarship applications are due April 14. The application and budget spreadsheet should both be returned to Community Bike Works.
for more information: See Program Manager James Williams
Ready to get started? Complete a registration form above and return it to Community Bike Works.
235 N. Madison Street | Allentown, PA 18102 | 610.434.1140
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