The CBC recognizes that each child walks through our door with a special set of life struggles, strengths, and sparks that need nourishment. We also believe that every child—and adult volunteer mentors—seeks connection to grow. Our current programs (briefly outlined below) provide the framework for personal growth. The staff, volunteers, peer-to-peer mentors and community we create ensures that youth thrive.
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The CBC’s educational bike shop is open daily for youth to learn problem solving, goal persistence, and communication skills while connecting with adults and peers committed to their success.
This program is built on the belief that recreation and bike rides are important tools for exploration and self-discovery. We believe that by pedaling out of their immediate neighborhood, kids are able to connect to areas of their community they may never have known existed, helping them develop a sense of pride and context for where they live. To that end, during July and August, the CBC leads three co-ed rides ranging from five to 25 miles round trip. Youth cyclists learn teamwork (especially on our tandem bikes) while exploring Biddeford and surrounding communities by bicycle. The CBC provides bikes for kids to use.
This eight-week evening program matches kids with a one-on-one mentor to learn about different bicycle “systems” and transferrable life skills through a structured group process. In 2017, this program intentionally transitioned into a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) program through the support of volunteers with relevant professional backgrounds helping youth apply STEM curriculum to bicycle systems.
*Bike Monkey definition: Any young person who likes wrenching on bikes, and working in grease! Derived from the term “wrench monkey,” based on the invention of the adjustable wrench (aka “monkey wrench”), which is playfully named after its inventor, Charles Moncky.
This “bike shop on wheels” enables older youth to build stronger connections within their community by becoming outreach ambassadors for CBC, providing free bike repair for kids in nearby neighborhoods, with a particular focus on the Bacon Street/Mission Hill area
KBF is a job-readiness program that helps teens develop transferrable work skills by providing them an opportunity to manage a youth-led CBC bike repair business. Every participant receives a stipend for his or her work to promote the concept of earning while learning, and to help them develop basic financial literacy skills. Built into KBF is the opportunity for youth to develop public speaking skills in a safe space through weekly youth-led Toastmaster Meetings at the CBC.
Youth explore self-expression while creatively recycling bicycle parts into works of art and other functional creations. The Tinkering Lab is looking for a volunteer instructor. Could it be you or someone you know? Email Andrew for more information.
Over the past 15 years, members of your youth/adult cycling team have trained, fund-raised (over $247,000) and cycled in the 180-mile, three day Trek Across Maine for the American Lung Association of the Northeast.
7th Grade to Graduation Formal Mentoring Program (under construction)
In 2017, the CBC plans to expand our program delivery system to include a formal mentoring program that starts in 7th grade and supports youth cohorts through graduation. This program is being developed during the summer of 2017, with plans for implementation the following fall.