Youth

 Youth Opportunities

New! Youth After-School Program @ the Gear Hub Bike School! 

May 15 – June 23, 2017; Program runs 3 – 6 PM Monday – Friday; located at 85 Anderson St.

Throughout the spring season students will learn to identify the different parts of the bike and proper bike fit, including seat height and reach (an important thing to know as they grow!).  Students will learn basic bike maintenance, such as how to properly clean and lube a chain and how to inflate the tires. Students will be guided on the proper and safe use of tools at all times in the shop. Students will also get to express their creativity through art projects including spin art, collage, and sculpture. In good weather, they’ll have the opportunity to safely enjoy their bikes on guided group rides along the bike path, which is easily accessible from the space.
Students will be picked up via a walking school bus and safely shuttled to the program space. Healthy snacks will be provided!

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Instructors: Leia Crosby and Kyle Randall
Leia grew up in South Portland and has lived and traveled all over the world. She has worked with youth and adults in the outdoors as a wilderness therapy guide and outdoor educator.  In 2015, she rode the TransAm, a 4,000 mile bicycle route across the United States along secondary roads. Since then she has lived and traveled through New Zealand, and most recently returned from Mexico where she completed the Baja Divide, a 1700-mile bikepacking route along the dirt roads of the Baja peninsula.  Leia is excited to be back in Maine and eager to share her passion for cycling with this vibrant community!
Kyle is a year round bike commuter and a long-distance cyclist who loves nothing more than gravel grinds (extended gravel road races) and riding in blizzards. He grew up teaching sailing in Portland, Maine, and went on to work on yachts up and down the east coast. When Kyle is not teaching bike skills, he is working on his bachelor’s degree in English at USM, playing accordion, or going for a bike ride.

General Participation

Youth are welcome to participate in our Volunteer Nights, Open Bench Time, and Basic Bike Maintenance classes. Ages 16+ are welcome to participate independently, while we ask that youth under 16 attend with a parent, older sibling, or supervisor.

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Holiday Bike Blitz

In December of 2016 we hosted our 2nd Holiday Bike Blitz. Over 60 volunteers gathered at Oxbow Blending & Bottling on Washington Ave to repair 70 kids bikes for the holiday season. The bikes were donated to youth organizations in the Portland area: Front Street Study Center, Portland Parks & Rec., Mayo St. Arts, the Root Cellar, and East Bayside Community Policing.

Funding for parts for the bicycles and the event was provided by Martin’s Point Health Care.

Please contact ajudge@campketcha.org if your organization would like to be the recipient of free kids’ bikes next year!
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