The mission of Spoke ‘n Revolutions Youth Cycling (SnR) is to inspire high potential Youth from risk filled environments to pursue personal success, to prepare them for leadership roles in their community, work, and college while motivating them to be role models for others. We do this by engaging students from under-resourced homes in four years of intensive leadership experiences including year round development programs, year round cycling activities, community service projects locally, regionally, and nationally, and preparation for continuing education and career development.
Since the spring of 2010 SnR youth cyclists have contributed to hundreds of community service hours locally, regionally, and nationally. Engaging them in community service builds self-efficacy and in turn they recognize that they can make a difference. The program promotes strong relationships between youth and adults – creating confidence and knowledge that people care about them. The SnR Leadership Program empowers participants to take leadership roles in their schools and communities. Several of the current members serve on local town boards, community boards, and are peer mentors for younger students.
The SnR Spring Leadership Program – is a program that begins in February and ends in May of each year. This program is designed to prepare the youth cyclists for their cycling journey in the summer and their journey onto college in the fall. This fall 6 youth cyclists will be heading to college as first from their families. The Spring program consists of college visits, finalizing college decisions, scholarship applications and finishing their high school career on a strong note. The youth are still engaged in community service projects and several cycling events through out the spring that include; hosting the areas’s first ever Wild & Scenic Film Festival, sponsoring a 2nd annual Kidical Mass event, organizing bike activities for May, and training rides that are 35-70 miles every weekend starting in March.
The SnR Summer Enrichment Program – In 2011,the SnR cyclists completed an 1800-mile, 32-day bicycle tour along the route of the Underground Railroad from Mobile, AL to Niagara Falls, NY on recycled bicycles. This project seeks to extend their experiences of African-American history by cycling from Omaha, NE, to Astoria, OR, along the Buffalo Soldiers Trail and the Lewis and Clark Expedition. This journey aims to continue to catalyze the intellectual and personal growth of SnR team members through continued team building, exposure to national and historical sites that are meaningful to who they are and exposure to the important and valuable content that African Americans and Native Americans played in the role of the developing West and the nation as we know it today. The “Buffalo Soldiers” were established by Congress as the first peacetime all-black regiments in the regular U.S. Army, and many of them served as our nation’s first National Park Rangers. The ride begins in June of 2012 and ends in August of 2012.
The SnR Fall College Prep Program – The college prep program is from September to December of each year and provides an understanding of the value of a college education in reaching life and career goals. Opportunities are presented to visit campuses, connect with professionals from different employment sectors, coaching and mentoring on the path to college: high school class selection, grades, standardized tests, and assistance with key tasks like applying for college, scholarships and financial aid. The program volunteers role in preparing youth to be ready to successfully apply for college is to keep them aware of requirements and timelines and closely monitor their progress, providing coaching as needed. Monitoring includes but is not limited to, guiding students to take the first steps such as enrolling in a college prep curriculum beginning freshman year, taking the ACT/SAT’s in their junior year, and applying for financial assistance during their senior year. Each individual’s progress is carefully monitored.