Become a Youth Mechanic


“It’s community driven. I can come here, ask questions, hang out, and they are always willing to help.” – Antwaun Cousart, Gearin’ Up Alumnus

Are you a teen or a young adult who wants to learn how to repair bicycles and gain job skills? The Gearin’ Up job training program is open to young people, ages 16 to 24, who have had challenges in securing entry-level jobs. No previous experience is necessary — all we need is an enthusiasm to learn.

If you’re interested, bring a completed a youth mechanic application to the Gearin’ Up bicycle shop (314 Randolph Place NE) and read more below.

All youth mechanics complete these steps:

  • Volunteer for eight hours during our Youth Night events to see how the bicycle shop works.
  • Spend 16 hours building a bicycle to take home and learning about basic mechanics, tools, and safety.
  • Continue working in the shop and build at least five bicycles to sell to customers.
  • Perfect entry-level job skills by interacting with customers, working with co-workers, organizing the shop space, and more.