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National Youth Project Using Minibikes


The NYPUM program is a fan favorite among Hermitage House youth.  This program teaches youth a variety of skills to make the right decisions in life.  This happens through the educational instruction of learning to ride dirt bikes and individual mentoring.

Throughout the program staff teach moral values and ethics while enjoying the outdoors with at-risk-youth.  Each riding lesson also includes a teaching component where the staff are able to help the youth think through difficult life situations and provide them with insight on how to handle future decisions.

NYPUM Sponsorship Opportunity

We have had wonderful success with this program and look forward to many more years of youth being reached through this exciting program.  This year we are asking individuals and business to consider sponsoring an at-risk-youth to participate in NYPUM.  The cost for each youth is $500.00 and we have the capacity to have 14 youth participate this year!   Please consider supporting a youth to participate in this program or get a few people together to sponsor a youth!

(Sponsor an at-risk-youth for NYPUM)

Questions about Giving?

(814) 734-4951 ext. 239

The Program

The Hermitage House NYPUM Program begins with 4 hrs. of instructional bookwork and 21 riding lessons before participates can ride on their own.  Participants learn how to check for safety, provide bike maintenance, ride properly, respect the environment, and respect other's property.

Each youth also has an individual behavior contract where goal sheets determine earned riding minutes.  This gives the youth an extra incentive to behave according to the personal goals which they have set themselves.  NYPUM provides a bonding experience where youth increasingly interact with empathy, helping each other when faced with an obstacle or get stuck in the mud!  Individual progress is seen in all youth who participate.  Though many youth have not had the opportunity to ride before, we see their riding skills progress in just a few weeks.

  • Improved Academic Performance

  • Improved Behavior

  • Improved Goal Setting and Achievement

  • Improved Social Skills

  • Increased Self-esteem 

  • Increased Respect for Others

  • Increased Responsibility

  • Increased Communication Skills

  • Learning to have Fun in a Safe Environment

  • Gaining an appreciation for the Environment

Carl Hillenbrand, NYPUM Director

Hermitage House Youth Services

P.O. Box 748

Edinboro, PA 16412

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