Workshop Coordinator Apprenticeship

Workshop Coordinators are the lifeblood of the Yellow Bike Project’s Community Workshops. Coordinators run YBP’s Community and Volunteer Shops where members of the public can come and lear to fix their own or project bikes free of charge since YBP started in 1997. Workshop Coordinators host the shops and teach bicycle mechanics to attendees and is a great way to get involved in other aspects of YBP like organizing the shop, answering email, and accommodating special requests and community partnerships. If you’ve spent some time volunteering at YBP and would like to get even more involved, become an Apprentice!

The Process

If you are thinking about starting the apprenticeship process fill out our volunteer form and express interest in becoming a Workshop Coordinator. Once you’ve volunteered at least 18 hours at YBP within a three-month period, attend a Membership Committee Meeting to announce your interest in apprenticing. Like a coordinator, you’ll commit yourself to a Community or Volunteer Shop on that month’s schedule. Each shop is run by mutiple coordinators, but it is helpful to choose a coordinator or two that you work with most closely to act as a mentor. While you’re apprenticing, you will continue to hone your mechanical knowledge while learning all the ins and outs of shop operations, policies, and procedures. You’ll also learn more about Austin’s bike culture, along with critical aspects of YBP culture such as creating a safe and empowering space for all shop users, working with kids, and knowing the history of how we went from releasing a handful of Yellow Bikes to building a permanent home on Webberville Road.

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When you and your mentor(s) think you’re ready to become a full Coordinator, you’ll be nominated. Your mentor(s) will give the other Workshop Coordinators one month to to address any concerns, and at the following meeting, the Membership Committee will either approve your nomination or ask that you continue your apprenticeship.

Joining the ranks of our volunteer Workshop Coordinators is a big commitment, but there are plenty of rewards, as well. Coordinators have 24–7 access to the shop, and are entitled to new parts like tubes, tires, cables, and chains at wholesale prices. They can also special-order any parts and accessories from our distributors at cost. Most rewarding of all, you’ll become an absolutely vital part of incredible community resource, an experience many of us have described as life-changing.