6-Cycle Youth Program

Teen program that focuses on character strengths and bike-building.

Grit - Optimism - Self Control - Gratitude - Social Intelligence - Curiosity

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Spring 2019 Application Open!

Monday nights: March 4 -April 8

6-Cycle is a character and bike building program that empowers teenagers to completely rebuild a bicycle with the help of a Village Wrench mentor mechanic. During the six week session, mentors work with the teens in training to cover every part on their bikes from bottom brackets to derailleurs to re-wiring brake cables. Part of the curriculum covers key characteristics that are essential for success in life:

Check out the curriculum overview here.

Bonus! Work at the Village Wrench Bike Shop

Graduates also become eligible to apply for a paid part-time position in our Workshop that focuses on job-skill and mechanic training. Teens who are interested should consult the frequently asked questions below.

6-Cycle in Action

Hover over the picture to watch a time-lapse of a 6-Cycle course.


Who can join 6-Cycle?

Students 8th grade and up, both boys and girls.

How does the program work?

This is a character and bike maintenance course through Village Wrench. Each session begins with an open conversation based on one of six specifically chosen Kipp Character Traits (a system developed to help students foster character strengths that are essential for their own success and well-being). Following the conversation, each student works one-on-one with a mentor to learn how to build his/her very own bike step-by-step. After completion of the course, students take home the bikes they built as well as a helmet and lock.

When does 6-Cycle occur?

Six week sessions will run Spring, Summer, & Fall from 6:00-7:30 pm

Where does the program take place?

Village Wrench Workshop
8 Lois Avenue
Greenville, SC 29611

Why do 6-Cycle?

Who doesn’t want to have fun, build character, and earn a bike?! This course is also a pre-requisite for getting a job at the Village Wrench workshop. Positions for Summer 2019 will be available for eligible students in the spring course!

How do I sign up?

The parent and student need to fill out the online application, and a phone interview will follow. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Don’t worry though; if the current session is full, we will put you on a top priority wait-list for the next one. You should expect a call or email within a week of submission.

Anything else I need to know?

There is a $25 fee for the class. You get to keep the bike, and a small snack is provided. We encourage students to earn this money through saving or odd jobs. Scholarship is available; if you need it, be sure to ask during the phone interview. Students must provide their own transportation! Also, you may want to eat dinner before you come.

 Inaugural 6-Cycle course participants, kicked off in the fall of 2016

Inaugural 6-Cycle course participants, kicked off in the fall of 2016