Youth Education

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Our Youth Education programs serve dozens of schools and thousands of kids every year, making a direct impact on the health and happiness of our youth that extends to our entire community. Kids become safer, healthier, more confident, and more engaged in the world around them.

BLAST (Bicycle Lesson And Safety Training)

blastlogoAn innovative and proven school-based program teaches fifth graders the skills and knowledge required for safe and effective cycling. BLAST: Kids on Bikes is developed by bicycle education professionals and reviewed by educators and parents.

BLAST is a primer for students to gain an understanding of how to safely operate a bicycle in a variety of situations. The class aims to produce cyclists who ride safely and skillfully. By inviting BLAST into the classroom, PE teachers are providing their students with a formal education on an important topic and helping to create an educational culture that values cycling as a basic life skill.

Availability

We are currently full for the Fall 2016 semester! Please fill out the BLAST School Application to indicate your interest for Spring 2017. The program is filling up quickly, and will likely have a waiting list.

 Goals

  • Improved bicycle handling skills
  • Proficiency of basic traffic skills
  • Identification & avoidance of hazard

BikeWalkKC’s trained instructors, assisted by the school’s PE teachers, deliver three hours of class time. Each course includes classroom instruction and on-bike riding skills. Students practice bicycling in a controlled environment. Bicycles and helmets are provided for a limited number of students (we urge the school to encourage students to bring their own bikes and helmets). We provide all other equipment and instructors for the program.

Participating Schools

blast2015Since 2012, our Youth Education programs have served nearly 10,000 students in more than 50 schools and 11 school districts across the region.

  • Alta Vista Charter School
  • Clay-Platte Montessori
  • Grandview: Belvidere, Martin City
  • Hickman Mills: Burke, Dobbs, Ingels, Johnson, Santa Fe, Symington, Truman, Warford
  • Kansas City, MO: Benjamin Banneker, Border Star, Carver Dual Language, Central High School, East High School, Primitivo Garcia, Garfield, Gladstone, Hartman, James, King, Longfellow, Melcher, Phillips at Attucks, Pitcher, J.A. Rogers, Troost, Wendel Phillips, Whittier
  • Kansas City, KS: Frank Rushton, Douglass, Grant, M.E. Pearson, Midland Trail, New Stanley
  • Kearney: Dogwood, Hawthorne Elementary
  • Lawrence: Broken Arrow, Langston Hughes, Quail Run, Schwegler
  • North Kansas City: Briarcliff, Clardy, Crestview, Fox Hill, Gracemor, Maplewood, Meadowbrook, Nashua, Northview
  • Olathe: Green Springs, Havencroft, Manchester Park, Northview, Ravenwood, Ridgeview
  • Park Hill: Russell Jones Education Center
  • Raytown: Robinson Elementary
  • Shawnee Mission: Apache, Roesland, Westwood View

Youth Ambassadors/Bike Club

This multifaceted approach to advocacy creates a skill-building and development experience for young people. An 8-10 week program empowers youth to take the lead on community improvement by discovering real-life infrastructure problems and mapping out solutions. The Youth Ambassadors will help lead community meetings, process public survey data, and help draft neighborhood plans with the goal of gaining community and government support for their proposed solutions.

In spring 2016 we rolled out the pilot of Youth Ambassadors/Bike Club at the Linwood YMCA and East High School in the KCMO Public School District. We continued the program at East in fall 2016, and also expanded Bike Club to Alta Vista Charter High School.  We are looking forward to continuing to add more bike club sites this spring, starting with Northwest Middle in Kansas City, Kansas.


EABEarn-A-Bike

Students learn basic bicycle mechanics, advocacy, and safety skills with weekly projects. A small class allows for individual instructor training to ensure understanding of the concepts. Students are tested based on their knowledge of the subjects through various worksheets and quizzes. With successful completion of the program, students receive a bicycle they helped to create.