All youth programming is currently suspended until further notice. We look forward to seeing you all in the shop for bike mechanic education when it becomes safe to do so.
Gearin’ Up Bicycles helps youth develop character and job skills in a positive and welcoming atmosphere. All activities are free for youth and possible thanks to generous supporters, shop customers, and donations of used bicycles and parts.
Led by our advanced youth mechanics, Youth Night is held every Thursday, 6-8 PM, for youth ages 12 and older. Come learn how to fix your bike, from a flat fix to installing a new cassette to any repair you want to learn.
Bike repair pop-up shops bring free/low-cost bicycle maintenance to DC neighborhoods not served by for-profit bicycle stores. These events provide an opportunity for our youth mechanics to practice their skills and help residents keep their bicycles safe and ready to ride.
After finishing Earn-A-Bike or 100 volunteer hours, youth 16 years and older can enroll in our job training program where they learn in-depth bicycle repair and customer service skills essential to entry-level jobs. The program targets minority youth, ages 16-24, who encounter barriers to employment. To create long-term stability, Gearin’ Up helps youth mechanics interview and apply for permanent jobs with more than 50 bicycle shops in the greater D.C. area, companies, and secondary education opportunities.
Through Earn-A-Bike, youth ages 12 to 18 get the opportunity to build and take home their very own bicycles every year. This hands-on program, guided by experienced staff and volunteers, teaches basic repairs, tools, and safety. Youth choose a used frame and dedicate 16 hours, usually over the course of six to eight weeks, to refurbish a bicycle and volunteer in the Gearin’ Up bicycle shop.