6 Cycle Youth Program
Six Cycle is a program designed for teens that focuses on character and bike building.
In the Fall of 2016 Village Wrench kicked off its inaugural Six Cycle teen bicycle mechanic program. Six Cycle is a character and bike building program that empowers teenagers to completely rebuild a bicycle with the help of a Village Wrench mentor. During the six week session, mentor mechanics 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 such as curiosity, gratitude, grit, social intelligence, etc. A curriculum overview can be seen here.
Bonus! Graduates also become eligible to apply for a paid part-time position in our Workshop. If you know a teen who might be interested in this learning experience, Village Wrench is currently searching for middle/high school students for our next sessions of Six Cycle.
Teens who are interested, can check out our frequently asked questions below.
Check out our YouTube video for a Six Cycle session in action.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who can join the six cycle program?
Students 8th grade and up, both boys and girls
How does the program work?
Character and bike maintenance course through the Village Wrench in West Greenville. 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 each student will be able to take home his/her very own bike, helmet, and lock.
When does the six cycle program occur?
Six week sessions will run Spring, Summer, & Fall from 6:00-7:30pm
Where does the program take place?
Village Wrench Workshop
8 Lois Avenue
Greenville, SC 29611
Why do the six cycle program?
Who doesn’t want to have fun, build character, and earn a bike! J This course is also a pre-requisite for getting a job at the Village Wrench workshop (positions are currently available for eligible students)!
How do I sign up?
The parent and student need to fill out the online application, 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 small snack is provided. We encourage the youth 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.