Bicycle Collective - Youth Programs
Youth Programs at the SLC Bike Collective have a beautiful way of tapping into the natural love children have for bikes, getting them out of their usual old routines, broadening their horizons with the seeds of healthy lifelong habits.
Youth Open Shop
Youth Open Shop/Earn A Bike Opportunities
Youth Open Shop is a place where youth between the ages of 10-18 can come in and utilize the shop with the help of a youth specialist, mechanics, and volunteers. During youth open shop youth may work on their own bikes, volunteer to earn a bicycle or parts, learn bicycle mechanics, safety, teamwork, and help other youth with their bikes. Youth Open Shop is free and does not require pre-registration, however, benches are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Youth Open Shop is on Saturday mornings from 10am-12pm, and Mondays and Wednesdays from 3pm-5pm. Please check the Bicycle Collective Calendar for updated scheduling and cancellations. For more information please e-mail
Youth Open Shop Rules:
Keep Space Clean
Share Space and Tools
Listen to Others
No riding bikes in the shop. Test rides should happen outside.
- Respect our Safe Space Policy: The Bicycle Collective is a cooperative space that is accepting and inclusive of everyone
Jr. Mechanic Certification
Jr. Mechanic Certification is a 10-week program designed to give youth ages 14-18 a basic comprehension of bicycle mechanics. Youth may be nominated as participants, or may apply using the following application. Youth who complete the program and pass the final practical exam will receive a certificate of completion. This program will provide youth with basic training which may assist them in seeking employment in the bicycle industry. This is an excellent introductory, hands-on program for any youth interested in the fields of mechanics or engineering.
What to Expect:
Weekly classes covering a variety of subjects and components of the bicycle. Class days may vary each session and are 1-2 hours long
Homework is required. This may be a combination of reading material, research, and hands-on practice at the collective. Several times will be provided each week for practice and homework at the SLC collective. Expect to spend 2-4 hours per week on homework and practical application.
Participants are expected to attend each class and must schedule a time to make-up any missed classes.
Graduates from the Youth Apprenticeship will be given priority if they wish to apply for a Jr. Mechanic position at the SLC Collective. Jr. Mechanic jobs will be filled throughout the year as they are available, and are given to youth who demonstrate aptitude, a positive attitude, team-work, leadership, and a desire to learn.
Download an Application here: YouthApprenticeshipApplication.pdf
The next session begins on January 6th, 2017
Trips for Kids®
Trips for Kids® Salt Lake City was Established in 2008 with the realization that too many youth grow up in the valley without experiencing the abundance of natural beauty and fun that our local mountains have to offer. Our goal is to get these youth outdoors and share with them an appreciation for nature, exercise, and mountain biking.
Trips for Kids rides consist of 2-5 hour trips, meeting up to 14 youth at a given trailhead, and teaching them how to mountain bike. We provide the mountain bikes, transportation of bikes, water bottles, Cliff Bars, first aid, experience, and instruction. We work with after-school programs, elementary/high schools, and Boy Scouts of America to name a few.
If you would like to organize a group of youth to go on a trips for kids ride in Salt Lake this summer, contact Shelly Wedge to schedule a ride.
Many thanks to our dedicated volunteers and sponsors - we can only accomplish what we do with you!
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For more information about our youth programs & volunteering
Trips For Kids Coordinator Shelly Wedge
Here are a few of our sponsors: