The Earn-a-Bike program uses the bike as a tool to develop leadership and teamwork skills as well as bike mechanic capabilities in youth ages 11-17. Each week participants come to program where they receive a healthy snack, play games and discuss the daily lessons in both character (community, leadership, self-esteem) and bike mechanics (fixing a tire, gear adjustments, chains, brakes etc). They have the opportunity to use tools and disassemble and reassemble bikes every week.
Youth who attend all eight of the sessions of the program earn a recycled bicycle of their own, along with a brand new lock and helmet to keep them and their bike safe. For many of our participants, this is the only way they can afford to get a bike. More than just a toy, these bikes are helping our youth get to school, to part-time jobs or to other after school activities as well as keeping them physically active. Our program builds confidence and teaches them life-long skills in a safe, encouraging and hands-on learning environment. They also have the opportunity to connect with positive adult mentors who provide guidance, friendship and support during the program.
Our program is designed and delivered with social-emotional learning and SAFE concepts in mind. We are intentional about our programming and ensure that the youth receive a high quality program that is sequenced, active, focused and explicit.
Earn-a-Bike is a program that is growing yearly with requests from organizations and individuals to bring us to their community. Two Wheel View recognizes the need and desire to have Earn-a-Bike in many more communities in Calgary. We are excited to offer many more young Calgarians the opportunity to build community, sense of self, resiliency and life skills while they connect with their environment through their participation in the Earn-a-Bike program.