West Virginia Fall Foliage Spectacular IX

October 12th, we made our way from The Neighborhood Academy in Pittsburgh to catch the beautiful sunset at Cooper’s Rock overlook in West Virginia. Amongst the 22 person group were many individuals, ranging from all ages, genders, and mileage to make up a small portion of the PYL family. As many of you Pittsburgh residents know it rained Saturday. However, great determination while on The Great Alleghany Passsage trail didn’t dampen the spirits of the group. A family style pizza party that night at the hotel refueled the group for intense climbs the next day. It’s hard to impress some of the veterans we have when they have been to such great places in the past. Although, some would say, “Cycling to the overlook during fall when the leaves are changing with close friends is one way to do so.” I would agree.

Return to the Blue Ridge 2019

The Blue Ridge Mountains are starting to become PYL's backyard. Making our way from West Virginia we cycled through Shenandoah National Park. The park is 105 miles of beauty and uphill. On the contrary, The Blue Ridge Parkway makes it seem flat. The parkway is tremendous! However, the kids are more so. This is quite possibly the most difficult trip we do.

Mexico to Canada 2019

After 16 days of cycling this tremendous group becomes victorious. The journey consisted of tons of miles and obstacles. In which they conquered in order to get to Canada. As you can imagine cycling from the Gulf of Mexico to Sault St. Marie is no normal thing for the youth. However, they successfully did so with great attitudes along the way.

PYL Girls Trip June 2019

The first day of the trip the ladies biked approximately 50 miles to the first destination of East Liverpool, Ohio. Battered with rain, sunshine, some head winds, more rain, and a few big hills all 3 ladies completed the first day successfully. It was a great trip overall. Check out a youtube video from the trip -

Solidarity Ride

Twelve members of Congregation Dor Hadash and 6 members of the Pittsburgh Youth Leadership group set out for a 60-mile bike ride from Pittsburgh to Connellsville on The Great Allegheny Passage. This bike ride had a special purpose. The PYL youth wanted to host the members of Congregation Dor Hadash on a healing solidarity ride.

Winter Beach Delight 2019

As tradition the weather was not in our favor , but others would use weather as an excuse to stay inside ! Rolling hills, rainy days, weather below 40 degrees, I could not imagine a better way of cycling to the Atlantic!

TNA MIddle School Bike Trip 2019

On March 19th and 20th, eight young men from the Neighborhood Academy Middle School cycled from downtown Pittsburgh to Connellsville over the course of two days, taking in the beautiful and serene sights of the Greater Allegheny Passage along the way.

Middelschoolers Gap Ride 2019

Five 7th and 8th graders from the Neighborhood Academy reconvened at a lunch table in Connellsville at Yough River Park, building on their previous experience, the Neighborhood Academy Middle Schoolers showed growth, determination and a willingness to push through discomfort. Riding 45 miles each day on mountain bikes with no training proved difficult, but these kids pushed through the steady incline of the Great Allegheny Passage to reach the Eastern Continental Divide.

Spring Trip 2019

A group of 10 strong young cyclists and 3 PYL alumni cycled gallantly from Harrisburg PA to Nyack NY. Highlights included biking through Fort Indiantown Gap and getting up close to a gigantic military plane, visiting a Hamburg in PA and in NY and spotting a giant snapping turtle crossing the road in the middle of Jersey. Many great memories were made and the group had a great time along the way. Aging PYL alumni were thrilled to be back with the group. Total mileage 229.

Fall Foliage 2018

PYL packed a lifetime of experiences into a weekend during the annual Fall Foliage ride through Maryland and West Virginia. Traveling through Coopers Rock State Forest, Deep Creek Lake, and Blackwater Falls State Park to end at the majestic Seneca Rocks was a truly amazing adventure. Despite the difficult, character building climbs the co-ed group stayed upbeat, positive and biked like champions! Everyone ended the weekend eagerly awaiting next years return trip.

Summer 2018 Finale

Mount Evans Roadway Highest paved road in America Elevation 14120 7 of 10 cycled to summit.

Moose Country Rambling

An eager and enthusiastic group of new and young cyclists had a wonderful experience in the beautiful mountain ranges of Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. We biked in the Green Mountains, White Mountains, Acadia National Park and finished in the northeasternmost town in America along the Canadian border. A day's hike on the Appalachian Trail was a highlight for many. These kids will be with us for a long time!

Girls Trip To Niagara Falls

The first century ride (100 mile day) for the girls in PYL history was accomplished on the 5 day trip to beautiful Niagara Falls. We were fortunate to have competitive cyclist Shequaya Bailey join us and she was wonderful teaching and inspiring the girls to continually reach for a "higher standard."

PYL Takes On Colorado

ANOTHER PYL ADVENTURE! This spectacular one had been filled with ad seriatim national park visits including The Great Sand Dunes and The Black Canyon. As if climbing The Rocky Mountains wasn't enough to build character having wonderful bologna sandwiches on the side of barren roads is. Needless to say this great trip is an incredible opportunity for the youth of Pittsburgh.

Quintessential Quebec

KIDS COMMENTS on Quebec Trip: The Quebec trip was amazing and beautiful. The trip allowed me to focus on preparing for my first year of college.While on the trip, I had ample time to think about life and what I need to do before I leave for school. It was so peaceful and freeing to be able to do so. I was reminded of not only my physical abilities but also my mentality of not giving up when things become tough. -Desmond Hargrove The Quebec trip was great way for me to see new things and to start off exploring the world. It was great way to think about life and connect with nature,. It gave me a chance to learn more about myself as a person and to build up my character. -Zaire Mitchell

Grant Street to Bourbon St

On this grand voyage, Pittsburgh Youth Leadership not only triumphed over various terrains, but also experienced all four seasons while doing so. During this astonishing trip the whole group soaked in the beautiful vistas and enjoyed several landmarks such as 5 State Capital Buildings, Muhammad Ali Museum, the Louisville Slugger factory and the birth place of Abraham Lincoln. A very memorable experience with plenty of history. Traveling along the Natchez Trace Parkway, the footprints of slave trade and Choctaw was very apparent. The non-commercial Route is perfect for deep reflection. Safe to say this trip was not only a breeze but a ton of fun! Mentchaas Anderson and Darrell Rodgers-PYL Alumni

Girls Bike Trip II - The Beach

A tremendous trip with a strong and enthusiastic group of achieving girls cycled from Pine Grove Furnace State Park PA to Island Beach State Park NJ.

First All Girls Trip: Rehobeth Beach Deleware

A courageous group of girls braved very cold and windy March days cycling to Rehobeth Beach Delaware in a trip that established girls on the PYL horizon. Most girls plus others joined us again in May for some beautiful and warm days to the Jersey beach!

Farmlands To The Badlands!

A young and admittedly struggling group of new cyclists attempted to ride Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota without too much success. The triumphant ride up to Mt Rushmore for those still cycling was inspiring.


A specially selected group of wonderful kids cycled tough days in the land of the midnight sun. These youths had the good fortune once-in-a-lifetime- opportunity to see 800+ miles of Alaskan mountains, glaciers, lakes and wildlife pedaling with pride at their accomplishment.

December Bicycle Trips  2016

PYL led 2 winter trips in December- each imbued with positive spirit & great times. It was quite chilly upon our return to the Blue Ridge(once again!) & sunny on the beach at Tybee Island Georgia. The second trip was mostly along the Atlantic Coast reaching Rehobeth Beach, Ocean City & Chincoteaque Island. The staff continued the long-standing PYL tradition of whooping the kids in beach football remaining undefeated all-time on bicycle trips.

West Virginia Fall Foliage Spectacular VI 2016

We returned to West Virginia for the 6th time & finally caught the beautiful fall colors & wonderful weather in Cooper's Rock, Blackwater Falls & Seneca Rocks. The large group of kids were joined by 10 adults who have been supportive of PYL's endeavors for many years.

Summer Bicycle Adventure XI  2016

The largest group in PYL history cycled from Pittsburgh to the Outer Banks of North Carolina with a few days along the Blue Ridge Parkway (once again!) We were led all summer by a tremendous staff of former kids now grown into achieving college students & excellent mentors & role models for the new kids.

Canadian North Country  2016

PYL goes out of the country for the first time cycling from Pittsburgh to Quebec. We experienced many wonderful sites along the way including the Allegheny National Forest, the Canadian Niagara Falls, Ontario & the mountains of Quebec in the rain!

Lake Superior Swimming  2016

The Upper Peninsula of Michigan was incredibly serene only to be matched by idyllic days cycling along the north shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota.

Great Smokies to Bama  2016

How educational an experience does a Smoky Mountain to the Civil Rights Institute in Birmingham Alabama by bicycle sound? Exceptional!

Cowboys Indians & Cajuns  2015

New states & new experiences for our kids as we cycled Mississippi, Arkansas,Louisiana,Texas & Oklahoma during school winter vacation.

Summer Bicycle Adventure X 2015

Another year, another SBA to finish off PYL's biggest and baddest year to date. We're so proud of our new riders, we're sure there're big things in store for each of them. Thanks for supporting PYL!

Epic Journey 2015

  An all-star group of PYL veterans accepted the challenge of cycling across America in 39 days. This enthusiastic & strong team of cyclists accomplished their goal riding from the Oregon Coast to the Jersey Shore. A documentary film of this adventure has been produced by 4TWELVE PICTURES & is presently awaiting acceptance by America's leading film festivals.

Key West Siesta 2014

A lucky group of kids had the pleasure of spending winter vacation cycling through the Everglades National Park & follow route 1 to the southern-most point in the US.....Key West. We had wonderful weather, calm wind, beautiful ocean sights & an enthusiastic group of kids.

Blue Ridge Trek III 2014

The Blue Ridge Parkway is often described as one of America's most scenic roads. PYL kids will remember not only the awesome views but mainly the 48 000 feet of aggregate vertical climbs! This, our third visit to the majestic beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, will certainly not be our last.

Rocky Mountain Peaks 2014

The Rockies speak for themselves.

Summer Bicycle Adventure IX 2014

We cycled from Pittsburgh to the Outer Banks in North Carolina. 568 miles in 7 days. Wonderful group of kids. Strong cyclists. The ocean was cold.

Summer Bicycle Adventure VIII 2013

PYL returned to the beach with the 8th annual SBA.....this year cycling from Pittsburgh to Atlantic City. Lots of rain, Pennsylvania hills & long days but this happy group of kids dove into the ocean with great joy & gusto!

Niagara Falls Speed Relay 2013

Can a team of kids & staff cycle from Pittsburgh to Niagara Falls in one day in a sprint relay fashion? Two teams consisting of 4 kids & 4 staff departed Pittsburgh at 530am & reached the falls at 1015pm riding 5-6 legs each at top speed. The distance of 240 miles was covered in one day.....participant Darrell Rodgers birthday. The "race" was won by the kids team in an act of extreme kindness by the staff!

Mountain West Odyssey 2013

PYL fully displayed the ambitious, bold & demanding nature of our programs with a 953 mile ride from the high mountain desert of Nevada & Idaho to the snow-capped Rocky Mountains of Wyoming to our finish line at Mt Rushmore in South Dakota. This tremendous group of cyclists climbed 3 peaks in excess of 8400 feet, rode in 104 degree heat, cycled in the Grand Tetons & Yellowstone & thoroughly enjoyed an experience of a lifetime.

Mississippi River Wheeling 2013

2013 PYL Spring Trip 10 kids...DJ, Maquale, Marquis, Dre, Lawrence, Gene, Mentchaas, Darrell, Hassain, Cody. 2 excellent staff...Peter (retired banker) & Jake (son) Trip highlights included 12 inches of snow in St Louis, 2 days cycling in low teens wind chill, 3 beautiful sunny days in Mississippi, staff plus v kids football game on U of Mississippi campus, visit to the National Civil Rights Museum & Lorraine Motel in Memphis & the 1st NBA game in PYL history. Kids demonstrated great attitudes & determination in cycling in some tough weather, just seemed to be having lots of fun, learned a great deal of history & made the trip wonderful for all! Thanks once again for your support.

Blue Ridge Mountain Trek 2012

PYL returns to the Blue Ridge Mountains greeted by blue sky sunny days while being escorted up & down major mountains by deer, hovering hawks & lurking bears! Kids are enthusiastic, tremendous cyclists & having the adventure of a lifetime. Thanks to all.

Summer Bicycle Adventure 2012

White Mountain National Forest was outrageously beautiful on an ideal day to cycle in July. Maine has been reached, kids getting stronger & onward we go to Mt Katahdin 393 miles

Atlantic Ocean Spring Dip 2012

Pittsburgh Youth Leadership’s Atlantic Ocean Spring Dip was a wonderful experience for kids and staff. We cycled through New York and Connecticut and to the shores of Newport, Rhode Island. The kids were incredibly fast (I am still tired from trying to keep up with those young bloods) and in great spirits. We visited the Hudson Valley, Yale University and the famous Millionaire’s Row in Newport. Thank you – once again – for your support. 35 states…...98,000 miles cycled

Suncoast Sunshine Tour 2012

South Carolina, Georgia, Florida - Sunshine, Wonderful Kids, Great Cycling.

Summer Bicycle Adventure VII 2012

7-12 wurtsboro ny 28 7-13 kingston ny 52 7-14 bennington vt 65 7-15 brattleboro vt 45 7-16 concord nh 70 fun & adventure continues kids getting stronger & remain enthusiastic hot humid & many miles to go

Great Southwest Passage 2011

This scenic route took us along the Arkansas River in the Bighorn Sheep Canyon on a day with at least 25 weather changes fron intense sun to 3 rainstorms to a chilly mini-hail storm. Salida sits at 7000+ feet nestled among snow banked 11000+ peaks. Kids wonderful, strong & having lots of fun,adventurous & educational experiences. Enjoy the photos & thanks for your support.

Summer Bicycle Adventure VI 2011

.....and we are back on the road! new kids/ new adventures Iowa to Pittsburgh in the heat crossed the Mississippi River this evening after lots of cornfields and a small town Iowa waterslide park that was just wonderful.