Whether you’re a young person who has participated in the Earn-a-Bike program through school, joined us as a family on an international cycling adventure, or been involved in our Full Cycle Program, you’ve likely spent a lot of time with a bike and gained some invaluable mechanic skills along the way. In 2017, we worked with more than 1,200 youth in our programs; however, the distances travelled and the bikes earned are not what we are all about – self-esteem and confidence are the true rewards at Two Wheel View.
75% of Earn-A-Bike participants indicated that they felt better about themselves due to their participation in the program, and 76% felt that they wanted to help others more often because of their experience with Earn-A-Bike. Positive self-esteem and a desire to contribute to the community are key indicators of youth resiliency and suggest that Earn-A-Bike is bolstering youth protective factors towards greater resiliency.
93% of participants said they felt more confident fixing things on their own. These skills can be taken forward and applied to youth’s daily lives, positively impacting their autonomy, self-efficacy, and sense of personal agency.
79% of Earn-A-Bike participants indicated that the program taught them new things about solving problems, and 81% felt that because of their participation in Earn-A-Bike they wanted to try more new things. These key leadership skills are transferrable and support youth resiliency beyond their involvement in the program.
84% of Bike Trip participants indicated that they felt better about themselves after completing the trip, and 80% felt that they wanted to help others more often because of their experience on the trip. Unique to the Bike Trip experience are important moments in overcoming personal challenges and perceived barriers.
Persistence in overcoming challenges is a key factor in youth resiliency and 89% of Bike Trip participants indicated that they had learned about overcoming challenges through their experience on the trip.
82% of Bike Trip participants indicated that the trip experience resulted in the development of new problem solving skills, and 91% felt that because of the Bike Trip they wanted to try more new things. These lessons and changes in perspective are central to the Bike Trip experience and potentially have lasting impact on youth when the trip is complete.
Full Cycle Program
Through the Earn-A-Bike component of Full Cycle, 78% of participants indicated that they felt better about themselves; and 92% indicated they felt better about themselves through the Bike Trip component. Positive self-esteem has been highlighted as a key protective factor for Indigenous youth, with higher self-esteem linked to decreased risk of depression and mental health issues, and increased resiliency and positive long-term outcomes.
After the Earn-A-Bike component of Full Cycle, 61% of participants felt more confident fixing things on their own and 69% of participants felt that because of the program they wanted to try more new things. After the Bike Trip component, 85% of participants felt they wanted to try more new things. These are important outcomes that research suggests will result in positive changes in resiliency for young people.
Our aim has always been to impact youth in three key outcome areas: social, cultural and environmental. In 2018, we have focused on having an even bigger impact on kids’ lives by ensuring our programming is about even more than just the bike. By thoughtfully designing programs based on social and emotional learning and by spending more time with each young person, we give them much more than a bicycle. Together, the positive changes fostered through Two Wheel View programming, including self-esteem and confidence, move youth towards an increased resiliency that supports thriving in the long-term.
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Reference: Consultation Consulting Group. (2018). Two Wheel View Evaluation Results: 2016-2017 Youth Programming.