Bikes Not Bombs

  • Part Time
  • Anywhere

City of Boston

Overview: Bikes Not Bombs uses the bicycle as a vehicle for social change to achieve economic mobility for Black and other marginalized people in Boston and the Global South. Key Duties and Responsibilities: The Youth Instructor’s role is to assist in the instruction and coordinator of mechanics time as well as bike rides. The Youth Instructor serves as a leader in programs, co-leading bike mechanics’ lessons, coordinating rides and managing the day-to-day functioning of program, such as maintaining the space and supervising our youth participants. The Youth Instructor also assists in leading discussions about environmental advocacy as well as ensuring that the Bikes Not Bombs’ mission is carried out during program time.

Youth Instructors are expected to be role models and peer leaders. The Ideal Candidate for this Job: Another component of being a Youth Instructor also has to do with our BOCA program (Bicyclist Organizing For Community Action). This component is another responsibility our youth have and they are expected to promote cycling and bike safety in the city, advocate for environmental justice and sustainability, and advance the values of youth empowerment and social justice espoused in BNB’s mission. We want Youth to not only teach these values within the walls of BNB, but to take these values out into the community in the form of our Chain Reaction Program, where we go to community events or pop-up locations and run a mobile bike repair shop.

Another way our Youth Instructors fulfill this role is by going to community events that address current issues, whether it be for affordable housing or more money for Youth jobs, and sometimes even lead trainings – such as our Know Your Rights Training with a bike focus. We don’t want our Youth Instructors to only be experts in mechanics and teaching; we also want them to be social justice ambassadors as well.

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