The Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services and the Hybla Valley Community Center have partnered with Trek Bicycle Shop in Alexandria to offer a unique learning program for youth. The Hybla Valley Bike Club, which began at the Community Center in June 2022, is an innovative and sustainable way to offer passive recreation to the community by intersecting recreation, education, health and workforce development.
This is not your ordinary bike club; youth members go through four to six weeks of hands-on “Intro to Bike Repair and Rebuild” training. Each session is offered at the Trek Bicycle Shop on Belle View Boulevard and at the Hybla Valley Community Center. Upon successful completion of the sessions, youth can offer basic bike repair and assessment in their communities and at the center or have the potential to become employees at other local bike shops.
The club’s first phase will culminate in an end-of-summer community bike ride and cookout taking place August 10 at Hybla Valley Community Center. The second phase will begin in the fall, when members will learn to use 3-D printers to create and build their own bike parts. In the future, with the assistance of partners at the onsite W.I.S.H. Center/Building Momentum, participants will learn how to weld and use computer technology to create parts.
“This club complements the work of the NCS Youth Leadership Team, which offers innovative ways to introduce global citizenship, community wealth building and entrepreneurship,” says Hybla Valley Community Center Service Area Manager Crystal Woodley. “It’s rewarding and sustainable when we bring industry to the community.”
Trek Bicycle Shop is creating opportunities for youth to not only learn, but to receive the skills that will make them employable to local bike stores. Trek is looking to employ youth as young as 16 years old who have experience gained by Hybla Valley Bike Club participants. Upon successful completion of the Hybla Valley Bike Club program, Hybla Valley Community Center will be placing six to eight youth participants throughout various bike shops and repair stores in Alexandria and Fairfax County.
For more information on the Hybla Valley Bike Club, contact Crystal Woodley at 703-324-9274 or Crystal.Woodley@fairfaxcounty.gov. Also contact Crystal if you are interested in donating bikes, tools or parts to this effort.