Cycles for Change is very proud that two of our youth apprentices will be taking the stage to present keynote addresses during the sixth annual Youth Bike Summit, 27-29 May 2016. Today, we’d like to introduce Jaquelin Palestino.
Jaquelin is a 15-year-old sophomore at Community of Peace Academy in Saint Paul. She was inspired to get involved at Cycles for Change after a staff member gave a presentation at her school.
Currently, Jaquelin is finishing her second year in the youth apprentice program. She helps staff our free weekly open shop nights, including Grease Rag, which is an open shop for women-, transgender-, and femme-identifying people.
“I used to be really shy and quiet but now I see myself going to meetings and speaking up,” she said. Jaquelin has built confidence by getting out of her comfort zone and getting involved in the community.
Jaquelin said she wants to help other people bike because it’s good for the environment and because of the sense of pride one can gain from working on their own bike. “You don’t have to depend on others,” she said. “With cars, you need gas and insurance.”
At the Youth Bike Summit, Jaquelin wants to share her experience building confidence in herself.
Jaquelin is planning to go to college after she finishes high school. She doesn’t know yet what she’d like to study, but we’re sure she’ll do well wherever she goes next.
Come hear Jaquelin tell her story at the Youth Bike Summit. Registration is $35 for youth and $75 for adults. Register here.