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)
An 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.
- 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.
Students learn basic bicycle mechanic skills with weekly projects. A small class allows for individual instructor training to ensure concept comprehension. Students are tested on their knowledge of the subjects through occasional worksheets and quizzes. With successful completion of the program, students receive a bicycle they helped to fix and a new helmet.
This program encourages youth to explore their neighborhood while building their physical stamina and peer network through weekly group rides. Participants learn the rights and responsibilities of bicyclists on the road, route mapping tips, and basic bicycle maintenance. Bike Club lasts 8-10 weeks and is geared for middle and high school students.
Our first Bike Clubs launched at the Linwood YMCA and Kansas City Public School’s East High School in the spring of 2016. In the fall of 2016 and the spring of 2017, we continued the program at East and expanded to Alta Vista Charter High School. We look forward to adding more bike club sites this fall.
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. Students gain a better understanding of their community, how they relate to it, and how they can make a positive impact within.
Since 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
Please fill out the BLAST School Application to indicate your interest for in any of these programs. They fill up quickly, and will likely have a waiting list. Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.