Youth Bicycle Ambassador Program
Summer employment and leadership training for young people
In Summer 2015, Bike Easy launched our Youth Bicycle Ambassador Program – a summer leadership development and employment opportunity for young people, ages 16-20. Recognizing the importance of youth voices in the bicycle advocacy and safety conversation, this program aims to provide a framework for increased youth participation in identifying transportation priorities and opportunities for improvement. Bike Easy trained six youth in the inaugural year. The second cohort, in Summer 2016, was also made up of six enthusiastic youth.
The Youth Ambassador Program is a stipended summer opportunity for young adults. Youth prepare for the program by taking a mandatory six hour bike safety training 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, youth participants engage in public outreach at various locations throughout New Orleans to encourage safe riding to make bike riding better and safer for everyone in New Orleans. Ultimately, the summer program provides youth the training for future employment opportunities in our outreach and education efforts.
Bike Easy is excited to empower 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 the Wisner Foundation 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 Virginia