Dirt Bike Program Introduces Black Youth to Careers in STEM

The program gives these Baltimore youth a chance to build skills in building, coding, designing and more.

Brittany Young, founder and CEO of B360, appeared on a new episode of Steve Harvey’s show STEVE on Watch, to explain why she started a dirt bike program for Black youth and how it works.

Baltimore, referred to as the dirt-bike capital, ironically holds some of the toughest dirt-bike laws in the nation. Growing up, Young witnessed the criminalization of dirt bikes and tactics by law enforcement to incarcerate Black people in her community. She founded B360 to disrupt the prison pipeline and drive youth interest in STEM. Much of B360’s work focuses on bridging the gap in opportunity for minorities, who are underrepresented in STEM despite the industry’s rapid expansion. The organization’s curriculum incorporates dirt bike safety, law, construction, and repairs in hands-on workshops and community events. 

Young was able to integrate dirt bikes with a rigorous STEM education program by equipping members with the skills to build, code, design, 3D-print and fix these bikes.

When Young appeared on Harvey’s show, he gave $10,000 to the organization. Last year, she was recognized by The Baltimore Sun in its 2021 list of “25 Women to Watch” and was featured in a mural designed by Nike and Black Girl Ventures, located in Washington, D.C.’s Union Market. 

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