Multiple workforce programs address the unjust barriers to success for young black men but few target youth under 18 and none creates a pathway into the bicycle industry, a field with in-demand jobs. Youth (ages 15-23) begin knowing little about bicycle mechanics but learn what they need to be hired as paid interns who can advance to youth mechanic or to youth shop manager. Youth Nights act as an introduction to the workforce program: the most advanced youth teach neighborhood youth to fix tires, adjust brakes, or build (and earn) a bike from the frame up. The Youth Bicycle Force provides bike maintenance clinics at schools, parks, and community events, with the specific goal of hosting clinics in Wards 5-8. Bicycling is a healthy and accessible approach to exercise, community engagement, and active transportation, especially as we move forward in a post-COVID world.
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