Positive Spin is an out-of-school time program designed to teach youth how to operate bikes safely and navigate through city streets, trails, and parks. Positive Spin pairs adult mentors with youth to complete bike rides and creative advocacy projects, empowering youth to play active roles in their personal health and the vitality of their communities.
Positive Spin has been a program of The Summer Dreamer’s Academy since its first year in 2010. Positive Spin aims to engage, motivate, and empower under-resourced youth to create positive community change through exercise, education, and advocacy. Youth make positive choices that will have a lasting effect on the wellness of the individual and the community.
In 2015, MGR Youth Empowerment, the founder of the program, passed it over to BikePGH to continue the legacy of the program. Today, Positive Spin operates as an out-of-school time program in middle schools in the City of Pittsburgh every fall, spring and summer! In 2016, BikePGH adapted Positive Spin to meet the needs of young people aging out of foster services, through a partnership with Action Housing at My Place. This program delivers Positive Spin curriculum and brand new bikes and commuter accessories to its graduates.