Pedal Pushers Bicycle Repair Teacher
Unison Health and Community Services is a non-profit, community-based organization that serves neighbourhoods in North West Toronto. Operating out of five locations, Unison offers core services that include primary health care, counselling, health promotion, Early Years programs, legal services, harm reduction programs, housing assistance, adult protective services, Pathways to Education and Diabetes Education Centre. Unison’s mission is working together to deliver accessible and high quality health and community services that are integrated, respond to needs, build on strengths and inspire change.
Unison is committed to working from an inclusive, sex positive, harm reduction, anti-racist, anti-oppression and participatory framework.
Pedal Pushers is a youth bike recycling program that has been operating in Lawrence Heights since July, 2011. Student participants, aged 13-18 receive training in bicycle mechanics and bicycle safety from both professional mechanics and volunteers. Throughout the project, students build their own bikes by recycling donated bikes. We are seeking a part-time (6 hours per/week) bike mechanic to teach youth to repair and customize bikes in Pedal Pushers.
The mechanic will give demonstrations in bikes repair and maintenance to youth participants. S/he will also work in small groups and one-on-one to support youth participants as they repair bikes.
- Teach youth to service and tune bicycles;
- Teach youth to install accessories;
- Teach youth to repair or replace parts;
- Teach youth to build wheel sets, clean drivetrains, etc.;
- Help with inventory and receiving orders when necessary;
- Other related tasks as required
Additional responsibilities include:
- Establish and maintain positive and supportive relationships with youth participants;
- Assist with organization and maintenance of workspace including tools and supplies;
- Assist with supervision of youth ;
- Assist with selection and storage of project bikes;
- Provide guidance and support to program volunteers
Hours of work:
Tuesday and Thursdays, 3:30-6:30, April 23-June 6 and September 10-October 17. (Possibility of additional sessions in July and August.)
The hourly rate is $15/hour, given in the form of honorarium.
The successful candidate will have a strong understanding of bike maintenance and repair. Experience working with youth or in a community setting is an asset. The candidate should also have an understanding of the strengths and capacities of students as well as barriers and challenges faced by youth in a culturally and linguistically diverse, low-income community.
- Attention to detail and ability to quickly problem-solve;
- Good work habits, punctuality, and communication;
- Experience as a cyclist and/or with the cycling community;
- A willingness to work flexible hours in order to meet programming expectations;
- Experience in planning and delivering successful informal programming for youth an asset;
- Knowledge of, and experience with, small group dynamics and experience in facilitation appropriate to youth and adults from a variety of cultural backgrounds an asset
Interested candidates are asked to submit a résumé by 5:00 p.m., April 15, 2013 to:
c/o Unison Health and Community Services
12 Flemington Road
Toronto ON M6A 2N4
We particularly encourage applicants who are reflective of the diversity of our communities. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.