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Our Mission

Community Bike Works

teaches life lessons through bicycles to the young people of Allentown and the Lehigh Valley who could benefit most. 

Principles & Strategic Priorities

STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES

  • We offer high-quality mentoring programs that use bicycles and books to connect youth with adult and peer mentors who can teach them skills that help them succeed. 
  • In order to help students reach their full potential, we offer additional resources and partner with organizations to help strengthen students’ families and the community. 
  • In all we do, we seek to give students and families a meaningful voice in our work. We strive to be an organization of racial and economic justice and equality, not charity.  

STRATEGIC PRIORITIES

We aim to serve more students, more deeply, through high-quality mentoring programs. 

  • Ensure that the programs of Community Bike Works remain effective in delivering the mission of the organization and that our youth have the tools they need to succeed. 
  • Increase the number of students served, while seeking to serve those who could benefit most. 
  • Increase our engagement with participating youth and families, in order to provide them with opportunities for deeper connections to mentors and more avenues to success. 
  • Develop and maintain effective partnerships that allow Bike Works to serve our students and strengthen the community. 
  • Ensure that dedicated and capable staff, board and volunteers are in place. 
  • Strengthen and diversify our funding base. 
  • Implement administrative and facility improvements that increase Bike Works’ effectiveness and ability to serve as a safe place for students. 

PROGRAM GOALS

  • Offer engaging bike mentoring programs that are effective in providing students with the tools they need to succeed.
  • Increase our engagement with participating youth in order to provide opportunities for deeper connections and more meaningful learning experiences. 

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

  • Serve 500 or more students each year in Earn a Bike and Junior Earn a Bike. 
  • Maintain Earn a Bike and Junior Earn a Bike completion rates of 75% and 85%, respectively. 
  • Have all students who complete Earn a Bike and Junior Earn a Bike demonstrate bike learning and express satisfaction with their mentoring experience. 
  • Have 30% or more of onsite Earn a Bike students participate in supplemental programming, including Drop-in, Earn a Book, cycling programs, and Youth Leadership. 
  • Have 100% of Youth Leaders graduate from high school with a plan for post-secondary education and community engagement. 

Gratitude Report

Bike Mentoring Overview