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We believe that youth entrepreneurs are capable of creating businesses, opportunities for personal growth, advocacy and local and global stewardship for themselves and their community. We envision communities that encourage cycling as an alternative to driving and builds sustainable green infrastructure. Through SPOKES, youth gain access to mentors, green jobs, mobility, accountability, and community partnerships - becoming the link that reconnects communities to the healthy alternatives to petroleum based transportation. Through direct mentorship and hands on training in our transit accessible bike shops and retail venues, participants learn to set and archive goals that enhance their business skills, work ethic, physical activity, community, creativity, and sense of purpose. Through immersion in the cycling culture, innovative internships and exchange programs SPOKES exposes youth and their communities to the local and international cycling industry opening doors and developing replicable and transferable business models.
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