BWorks Highlighted in Terrain Magazine – Pedaling for a Brighter Future

St. Louis BWorks Celebrates three decades of building character through teaching how to fix and ride bikes.

To view the article online click here.

Teaching Position Available


Would you enjoy teaching a St. Louis youth how to ride a bicycle?

St. Louis BWorks is currently accepting resumes to fill the role of Programs Lead, a teaching position that helps St. Louis BWorks, a 501(c)(3) organization, accomplish our mission.

The ideal candidate has a background in elementary education and experience working in the nonprofit sector. Applicants must be passionate, motivated, and flexible, as this role requires the ability to articulate program objectives to a wide array of individuals and operational needs may change quickly.

This position is based out of BWorks’ Soulard location but requires travel to partner organizations in the St. Louis Metro area.


All potential candidates must possess the following:
● High school diploma or equivalent
● Enthusiastic passion to achieve BWorks’ mission
● Excellent verbal and written communication skills
● Demonstrated ability to work both independently and in a team setting
● Ability to handle multiple tasks and deadlines in a busy environment

Preference will be given to candidates who possess the following:
● Bachelor’s Degree in Education
● Prior experience working with children ages 8 ­ 17
● Prior administrative and/or teaching experience
● Experience working in the nonprofit sector
● Proficiency in a second language

Job Description

This is a position to support the needs of the BWorks education programs. While BWorks has made an effort to provide a general description of the duties and tasks of this position, you must understand that this is not a fully comprehensive job description. Tasks and duties may be modified as needed.

Hours per week can vary depending on qualifications and the number of classes being taught. The number of classes being taught will depend upon the staff hired and availability. In general, this position will work 3-9 hrs a week in 3hr hour blocks of time.

Instruction Duties

The instruction portion of this role will enable BWorks to of er more learning programs on and of the BWorks premises.
Examples of tasks relating to instruction include, but are not limited to the following:
● Preparation for and facilitation of BWorks kids programs
● Maintenance of the prop and supplies used during classes
● Completion of inventory for program deliverable’s and needs

Administrative Duties

The administrative support portion of this role will minimize risk and maximize consistency related to BWorks programs.
Examples of administrative tasks include, but are not limited to the following:
● Assistance with paperwork relating to volunteer instructors
● Coordination of program paperwork (release forms, pre and post assessments, etc.)
● Establishment and maintenance of Program Partner relationships
● Coordination with Programs Administrator of classes and schedules at partner sites

Salary Range: $15­ to $30/hr with the potential for modifications after one (1) year of employment.

Application Process

Please apply online by submitting a cover letter, resume, and 3 ­ 5 references to BWorks’ Executive Director, Patrick Van Der Tuin at

Due to the volume of applicants, no phone calls, please. Only applicants considered for interviews will be called. This position will remain open to applicants until filled.

Send application to 2414 Menard St, St Louis, MO 63104-4330, United States

Meet Lillian Thompson, St. Louis BWorks volunteer & Soulard Resident

Meet Lillian Thompson, St. Louis BWorks volunteer & Soulard Resident

When Lillian Thompson moved into the little house beside St. Louis BWorks a few years ago, the organization gained a really wonderful neighbor ­– and vice versa.

Thompson, who worked overseas in the corporate sector and then in the Peace Corps before retiring to the Gateway City, quickly became impressed with the activities occurring next door. Before long she got involved as a volunteer herself.

“I value BWorks as a neighbor and wanted to give back because they are great neighbors,” says Thompson, who has now lent her expertise and energy to three full seasons of the Create-A-Book program. “The last session, fall 2017, was the best one yet. We had nine enthusiastic young writers and five committed, talented mentors.”

Just a few weeks ago, Thompson and her fellow volunteers formally celebrated the completion of eight short stories (one was co-authored) by their students – with a book reading and signing event that drew a large crowd of parents, guardians, and families.

“All of the mentors in this fall’s writers’ workshop had amazing credentials and had a lot of fun using them in ways that made the program a success,” says Thompson, who has degrees and a background in drama, communication, and business.

Quick to shout out the other devoted Create-A-Book mentors, she notes Kristin Luther is a journalist and creative writer, while Sarah Shockley works in communications for Purina and has written for Highlights Magazine. Christina Veloso Pope conducted writing workshops in Brazil and now works for the nonprofit Welcoming America, and Karen Landon is an accomplished artist who worked in education for the Department of Veterans Affairs, managing the St. Louis Video Studio until she retired last year.

Thompson’s lifelong love of books and art is something that her mother, the first elementary school librarian in Vermont, helped instill in her early on.

“She read to me a lot and saw to it that I had the opportunity to participate in a broad range of fine arts programs in my own childhood,” Thompson says. “And her library was an inspiration to me. It was never tidy and never quiet; kids were always in there consulting with her about their research and reading projects.”

That passion, combined with Thompson’s commitment to community development during her time in the Peace Corps and with FEMA, helping communities recover from major disasters, makes her involvement with BWorks only natural.

“I guess I’ll always be doing something involving community development – BWorks is certainly part of that,” she says.

From her perspective as a next-door neighbor to the organization, Thompson sees an organization that, in her words, is “more than a place to pick up new skills and a bike or a computer,” wonderful as those goals and rewards are. There is something deeper happening, too.

“It’s an extremely well-run organization that instills a collaborative culture among the kids and the volunteers,” she says. “The BWorks culture runs across all the programs, and it’s enthusiastic, energized, focused and team-oriented.”

12th Annual Cranksgiving St. Louis – Sunday, November 5, 2017 – Starting from The Tap Room

The 12th Annual Cranksgiving on Sunday, November 5 – Starting from The Tap Room

Twelve years ago, BWorks volunteers envisioned an annual event that would give back to the same St. Louis community that supports our work with area youth. A canned food drive seemed like a good idea given the time of year ­– near Thanksgiving.

Since then, the event – known as Cranksgiving – has steadily grown. In 2006 we collected 200 food items, and in 2016 more than 900 participants collected over 18,000 food items, riding from grocery store to grocery store and purchasing food items to be donated. All told, over the years, participants have collected more than 80,000 items.

Won’t you join us for the 2017 version? It’s set for Sunday, Nov. 5. The fun begins that morning at The Tap Room and will benefit Food Outreach.

Links to The 12 Annual St. Louis Cranksgiving Routes!

Please visit our Facebook page for up to the minute details!  Registration is free – click here for complete details.