Youth Programs

Eagle Scout Projects

Provo Bicycle Collective helps nearly a dozen scouts each year complete their Eagle Projects. The most common project is hosting a bike drive, through which the scout and his volunteers canvas the neighborhood and surrounding communities, notifying the residents of the bike drive and leaving flyers at doors.  The scout and volunteers then pick up unwanted bikes (a large trailer is helpful), and drop them off at our Community Bike Shop. These bikes will be refurbished and given away to homeless, refugees, and low-income individuals, sold to fund our programs, or stripped and recycled. The average project yields between 30 and 100 bicycles. 
We often have other needs to fulfill besides the bike drive project. Please direct all questions to . 

Some Eagle Project approval commitees want the scouts to do a little more.  Here are some extra things that would help us fulfill our mission:

  • - Wash the bikes before bringing them to us.  This could take about 2 hours with lots of helpers.
  • - Host a presentation in your neighborhood on how to bike safely and why we should bike more and drive less (we have presentation materials you can use)

We discourage scouts from trying to repair the bikes or bringing in large groups of volunteers since we already have a large number of volunteers and basic bike mechanic training takes a considerable amount of time.

Earn-a-Bike

Earn-a-Bike is a hands-on course designed to foster problem solving skills through bicycle mechanics for youth ages 6-16. During the 4-week program, kids are taught basic bicycle mechanics and safety. Each class period, they use our tools to refurbish a bicycle of their choice which they will have the option to keep or donate to a child who might need it more at the end of the course. 

Due to extreme popularity of this program, online registration is necessary.  Sign your child up here.  Need-based scholarships are available upon request.

Please direct all questions regarding Earn-a-Bike to .

Jr. Mechanic Certification Course

Bicycle Collective's Jr. Mechanic Certification course teaches problem solving, creativity, and attention to detail in a career and technical education course. During this class, youth learn bicycle mechanics through lecture and hands-on experience. Over the course of 24 lessons, students learn how to diagnose and repair problems on nearly any type of bicycle. This new skill may land them a job, hobby, or even just a way to spend time productively. 

At the end of the course, each student has not only gained a new skill but also repaired several bikes that will be given away to local individuals in need. Students feel good knowing they are directly serving the community.

When asked about his favorite part of this program, one student said, "My favorite thing I have done so far in the class is take a crappy bike and turn it into something nice and usable." The same student was thrilled to see a newspaper report of a bike he fixed being given away to someone in need. That same bike recipient called the gift "life changing." The student felt that this was not just another class, it was making a real difference in the community.

If you'd like to hire Bicycle Collective to teach this course at your facility, please reach out to .

Bicycle Collective currently operates this program in a few juvenile justice facilities throughout northern Utah.

Youth Open Shop

Youth Open Shop is an afterschool program designed to teach bicycle mechanics to youth ages 8-18. Youth Open Shop hours are set aside only for youth so they have a place to learn among their peers. Youth can expect the same do-it-yourself experience as our normal Open Shop users have; staff will provide guidance but not do repairs for them.

Current Youth Open Shop Hours: Mondays 3pm-5pm

Please direct all questions regarding Youth Open Shop to .

During Youth Open Shop, youth are allowed to:

  1. Work on their own bike
  2. Work on bikes for giveaway
  3. Earn a bike for themselves by first working on bikes for giveaway

Please note:

  • While the shop time fee is waived, youth are still responsible to pay for all new parts they use or earn used parts by volunteering
  • PBC will not store your child's projects
  • Workstands are first-come-first-served and PBC shop staff have the right to turn youth away if the shop is too full
  • PBC staff will not tolerate misbehavior and reserve the right to ban youth from Youth Open Shop
  • Youth are responsible for repairing their own bicycles; PBC staff will not repair bikes for them
  • Parents are welcome to wait in the shop but are not allowed to work on bikes with thier children.