Urban Peak Colorado Springs offers a number of services for youth at risk of or currently facing homelessness. In addition to operating a 20-bed shelter for individuals aged 15 to 21, the nonprofit provides programs aimed at supporting youth on the journey to self-sufficiency. This support system includes the Urban Peak bike program, which provides a bicycle, helmet, and lock to youth who volunteer within the local community.
After earning a bike through public service, young people benefit from the independence afforded by an economical form of transportation. Bicycle ownership provides a pathway to achieve educational goals, allowing recipients to travel to high school, college classes, or GED testing. Reliable transportation also allows youth to secure and maintain employment. While empowering youth to achieve their goals and overcome challenges, Urban Peak’s bicycle program also promotes a healthy lifestyle and introduces bicycle recipients to the responsibility of ownership.
In addition to providing bikes, Urban Peak Colorado Springs helps young people learn to use them safely. Volunteers provide instruction on basic bicycle safety and repair and offer ongoing assistance to the program’s bicycle owners.