Youth in the shop
Youth Guidelines in the shop
Anyone under 18 gets a free membership to the Bike Kitchen. This is the same as an adult membership. It enables them to bring in their bikes and get help fixing them. It does not entitle them to any special deals on parts. However a lot of youth do not have jobs, so keep that in mind.
Youth Build-a-bike/Digging Rights
Anyone under 18 is eligible to earn digging rights for one bike by volunteering in the shop for 6 hours. In order to access this, youth first need to be orientated where a staff member explains to them what the Bike Kitchen is, how it works, how it is a volunteer run cooperative and not a profit oriented business, etc. (This document should be reviewed with youth)
The orientation also includes having them do some minor stuff around the shop such as patching tubes or cleaning a chain, so they get the idea of what they will have to do to build a bike from scratch.
If a youth comes into the shop with their bike, helping them fix that is a great place to orient them to the shop.
Youth Age Limit During Non-Youth Hours
Any youth under 14 (not to be confused with 14 and under) will require an adult 18 or over to be responsible for them if they are in the shop, during any regular, youth, or class hours. Said adult can be responsible for multiple youths. This also means that a staff member may elect themselves to be that person and may take responsiblity for them. It is encouraged that we continue to allow youth to volunteer when the shop environment allows it.