National Youth Project Using Mini-bikes (NYPUM) began in 1969 when American Honda Motor Co., Inc. recognized that some children were not interested in traditional sports and didn’t respond to other types of youth services, but the lure of the outdoors and the chance to experience riding off-road motorcycles was very exciting. Integral to NYPUM’s design is an essential mentoring component that guides and supports youth to make good decisions, all centered on exciting and challenging activities.
In recent years, BMH has been serving a higher percentage of teenagers. A program like NYPUM appeals strongly to teens who can be challenging to motivate. NYPUM uses mini-bike riding lessons as an incentive-motivating youth to make positive changes in their lives. Add in healthy peer relationships and positive adult role models and NYPUM becomes a powerful tool in enhancing the lives of our youth. NYPUM strives to provide youth with the opportunity to experience success and to teach the sense of responsibility that comes with being a safe responsible driver.
While Honda underwrites much of the program, additional costs include items like tools, annual insurance helmets and other safety equipment. Since its inception, NYPUM has proven to be highly effective at helping youth who have challenges with their behavior or academic performance. Participation in the program is a strong behavioral incentive as well as a tool for building strong and meaningful relationships between youth and staff mentors who lead the program.