Youth Bicycle Ambassador Program
Summer employment and leadership training for young people
In 2015, Bike Easy launched our Youth Bicycle Ambassador Program – a summer leadership development and employment opportunity for young people, ages 16-20. The program aims to increase youth participation in transportation advocacy by training young people in hard and soft skills needed to join conversations about community improvement. To date, eighteen youth have completed the program gaining experience in advocacy, public speaking, and event planning. Ultimately, youth then qualify for future employment opportunities in Bike Easy’s outreach and education efforts.
The Youth Bicycle Ambassador program is structured as a stipended summer job with a mandatory six hour bike safety training required for all participants prior to employment with Bike Easy. Throughout the summer, participants take weekly bike rides exploring the city, receive presentations from community leaders, and think critically about their own solutions for improved transportation in New Orleans. Additionally, participants organize and lead public outreach events to encourage safe riding for everyone in New Orleans.
Bike Easy is committed to investing in young people to be confident bicyclists, teachers, and leaders. Read more about Tyler, Chasity, and Damu’s work with Bike Easy. This program is made possible with generous funding from our supporters and our strong partnerships with the Youth Empowerment Project’s Work & Learn Bike Shop, The Net Charter School & New Orleans Public Library.
Want to learn more about how to participate in or support this program? Email us!