the what

Youth@Work is a 3-month paid internship program with a one-year apprenticeship option that allows young people 14-22 years-old, to gain valuable, on-the-job retail and service training at our social enterprise bike shop, Lucky Bikes Re-Cyclery. The program specifically targets high school youth from under-resourced communities who have no prior work experience.

the why

Through a combination of direct instruction, bike mechanic education, daily hands-on training, and regular performance feedback, youth have a chance to get real-world, work experience. During their internship, they’ll be tasked to fix bikes, work with customers and help maintain the bike shop. In addition to the technical training, the program teaches youth social and emotional skills (SEL curriculum) i.e. self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making. Ultimately, our goal is to help youth build a strong foundation for their future success.

The How

Interns get up to 30 hours of work experience and training per month working with a manager/trained instructor. We take up to eight interns per 3-month period. Lucky to Ride can assist with public transportation if interns cannot provide their own transportation.

the who

We currently work with DPS’ School to Work Alliance Program (SWAP), the Colorado Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, and the GOCO Sheridan Initiative. Interested students can sign up through these programs.

interested students

Students interested in Youth@Work can contact us to get started.

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