Youth Development

Neighborhood Bike Works

  • Philadelphia, PA
  • www.neighborhoodbikeworks.org

Mission Statement

The mission of Neighborhood Bike Works is to increase opportunities for urban youth in under-served neighborhoods in greater Philadelphia by offering educational, recreational, and career-building opportunities through bicycling; it also promotes cycling as a healthy, affordable, environmentally-friendly form of transportation.

Main Programs

  1. Youth Bike Education and Empowerment Program (YBEEP)
  2. Adult Repair Co-Op
  3. Adult Repair Classes
Service Areas

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Pennsylvania

Based in West Philadelphia, NBW provides programming to some of the city's most underserved communities. While youth from all over Philadelphia are welcome to and do participate in our programs, the majority come from within West Philadelphia's Promise Zone. 55% of NBW program participants self-report as coming from low-income households.

ruling year

2000

Executive Director

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Steve Maluk

Keywords

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education, bicycling, safety, youth development, cycling, bike, bicycle, bike repair, bicycle repair, bikes, bicycles, bike works, neighborhood, earn-a-bike, ride of dreams, bike camp, bike classes, youth bike,

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EIN

23-3012779

 Number

5363940506

Physical Address

3943 Lancaster Avenue

Philadelphia, 19104

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Other Recreation, Sports, or Leisure Activities N.E.C. (N99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Everyone knows when Adiva enters NBW. When she arrives, she greets fellow youth, bike shop patrons, and office staff. She comes in with a smile and shares all the things happening in her life: the good, the fun, and the difficult. Adiva is unable to contain her excitement, and all of us at NBW find her enthusiasm to be contagious.

When Adiva walks into NBW, she does not just enter an after school program -- she enters her second home. Adiva initially came to NBW as a participant in our summer camp, and she's been a staple at NBW for the past year. Last January she stopped in to work on her bike during Saturday Drop-In hours. It was then that our Youth Coordinator, Taylor, introduced herself to Adiva. At the end of that drop-in session, Taylor met Adiva's father, who shared that Adiva was simply inseparable from her bike.

Taylor suggested to Adiva that she might want to sign up for the upcoming Leadership and Advanced Mechanics Course (LAMC). The only catch was that the class started in just three days. Adiva attends high school in North Philadelphia, so Adiva and her parents were unsure whether she could make a plan to attend the class in just three days. However, since Adiva teemed with enthusiasm for anything involving bicycles, they agreed to try to figure it out. She attended that first class and every class thereafter.

When Taylor shared with Adiva's mother her reflections on Adiva's wonderful personality and presence, her mother laughed and thanked Taylor. She shared with us that Adiva is her youngest child. With her other children, she said she saw incremental growth. But with Adiva it happened practically overnight, in correlation with Adiva getting involved at NBW as a youth leader. Adiva "bloomed into a flower overnight," she said.

Adiva takes advantage of every “networking" and “professional development" opportunity she can, two terms she learned in LAMC and uses now in her everyday life. In winter of 2016, she shared with a local newspaper how she is learning not just bike maintenance but also public speaking and leadership. She understands the difference a bike can make, not just for herself but also for others. Adiva is a rising star who is ready to challenge old conceptions of who can be a cyclist and a leader.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Youth Bike Education and Empowerment Program (YBEEP)

Through our Youth Bike Education & Empowerment Program (YBEEP), NBW offers over 1,400 hours of tiered programming each year that instills confidence, inspires adventure, and builds skills for future success. YBEEP provides youth, ages 8-18, with a full array of offerings from entry-level classes to advanced job and leadership training opportunities.

Youth enter our YBEEP through Earn-A-Bike and Ride Club. In these multi-week classes, they can keep a bike that they refurbish themselves and explore Philly’s greenspaces. Both classes develop goal-setting and problem-solving skills, and expand horizons. Once they complete an entry-level class, youth can participate in Monthly Group Rides (to landmarks and greenspaces) and weekly Drop-In Repair Clinics. Older youth can take our Leadership & Advanced Mechanics Course, and then apply for paid employment positions as assistant instructors, bike safety ambassadors, or mechanics apprentices. Through these paid positions, teenagers gain valuable job and leadership experience, and become mentors to younger participants in our programs.

Category

Afterschool Enrichment

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

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Budget

Program 2

Adult Repair Co-Op

Need to use tools? Want to figure out how to adjust your brakes? Already know how to do everything, but you can’t fit a whole stand in your tiny urban apartment? You’re in luck! Our incredibly successful repair co-op has everything you need to get the job done. The Adult Repair Co-op is staffed by volunteer facilitators who have the knowledge you need to get your bike fixed and on the road again.

You can also purchase used bikes in as-is condition. All income from bicycle & parts sales benefits our youth education programming. Stop by to check out our selection.

Category

Adult Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

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Budget

Program 3

Adult Repair Classes

Our Basic Bicycle Repair course for adults is a great way to begin learning how to repair and maintain your bike yourself, or to brush up on rusty repair skills. The class meets weekly for a month. Lessons typically include: flat repair, parts of the bike and bike fit, care and feeding of your brakes, shifting, and an introduction to overhauling bearings. More advanced procedures can be covered on request. Participants are encouraged to bring their own bikes and friends.

Category

Adult Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

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Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    NBW has set the following goals for our Youth Bike Education and Empowerment Program (YBEEP). Programming and curricula are developed to support the achievement of these goals and indicators are tracked through regular monitoring and evaluation processes.

    Goal 1: Youth develop life skills
    Goal 2: Youth develop healthy habits
    Goal 3: Youth learn professional skills that are transferable to real life experiences
    Goal 4: Youth increase awareness about the importance of the natural environment
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Not available.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Not available.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    NBW has identified the following indicators for YBEEP's stated goals. These indicators are tracked through regular monitoring and evaluation processes.

    Goal 1: Youth develop life skills
    • Youth build confidence by gaining bike-related competencies such as urban riding and bicycle mechanic skills.
    • Youth increase leadership skills through opportunities to be positive leaders in programs and classes.
    • Youth increase resilient characteristics, such as learning from past mistakes and not giving up, by facing and overcoming challenges.

    Goal 2: Youth develop healthy habits
    • Youth increase their interest in biking as a form of physical activity that they wish to continue in their lives.
    • Youth learn to make healthy nutritional choices.
    • Youth gain exposure to bicycle safety standards and rules through group bike rides.

    Goal 3: Youth learn professional skills that are transferable to real life experiences
    • Youth learn how to network with other professionals and people from the community.
    • Youth increase leadership skills by teaching others about bikes and representing NBW at outreach events and in programs.
    • Youth increase knowledge of how to apply and obtain a job in advanced programs.
    • Youth gain job experience through paid internships and jobs.

    Goal 4: Youth increase awareness about the importance of the natural environment
    • Youth increase their appreciation for the environment around them through exposure to green spaces.
    • Youth increase awareness of things they can do to protect the environment.
    • Youth increase environment-conscious behaviors such as recycling and reusing materials while participating in NBW programs.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Not available.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Pennsylvania

Based in West Philadelphia, NBW provides programming to some of the city's most underserved communities. While youth from all over Philadelphia are welcome to and do participate in our programs, the majority come from within West Philadelphia's Promise Zone. 55% of NBW program participants self-report as coming from low-income households.

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Financials

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NEIGHBORHOOD BIKE WORKS
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Neighborhood Bike Works

Leadership

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Executive Director

Steve Maluk

BIO

Steve Maluk joined NBW as executive director in spring of 2016. Steve holds an MBA in sustainable business from Pinchot University. Steve previously served as Shop and Operations Director at Bike Works Seattle. An avid cyclist, Steve has dedicated his career to youth leadership development and community social justice through bicycle riding and bike mechanics.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Gerry Marron

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?


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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?