OGDEN, Utah — Teenagers from juvenile detention centers in the Ogden area are learning how to repair bikes through a new program designed to give them job skills and put them back on a positive life path.

The Standard-Examiner reports (http://bit.ly/2dERQvE ) that Danielle Fry leads the Ogden Bicycle Collective. She adapted the nonprofit’s bike program to fit the needs of those at the Farmington Bay and Mill Creek youth centers and started teaching classes there this summer.

“Our mission is to promote cycling in the community as a safe and healthy alternative for transportation and as a fun method to get around” Fry said. “Our focus is always on low income and youth. These kids at the detention centers are generally going to fit both of those categories.”

The students, ages 15 through 19, work to repair damaged bikes and can earn certifications at the end of the 12-week semester. The students are in long-term secure facilities for youth in custody and are working in the classes as part of their regular high school curriculum.

The program is meant to give the teens’ basic mechanic skills and enhance their problem solving abilities. The certificate the students receive at the end of the program can lead to a job at the Ogden Bicycle Collectives or at the related collectives around Utah.

Information from: Standard-Examiner, http://www.standard.net

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