Meet our Summer 2017 cohort of youth apprentices: Abdi, Joseph, Abdirahman, Ramiro, Josue, Deqo, Esmerelda, and Mainou (pictured above at Quality Bicycle Products (QBP) with Youth Program assistants). They kicked off their summer training program at the end of June, and the eight high schoolers are spending three days a week engaged in a variety of learning opportunities. Here’s a peek into their summer apprenticeship experience.
What has been your favorite activity so far?
“Slow Roll, because you get to interact with all different people.” – Abdi
Where’s the best place you’ve visited during your apprenticeship?
“Probably the Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center. It was just a lively place. There was food, celebrating, and I got to see what was going on in people’s communities.” – Joseph
What does community mean to you?
“Everybody coming together.” – Abdirahman
What is Cycles for Change for you?
“A program that builds on bikes and gets me ready for a career.” – Ramiro
Have you made any friends?
“All the youth apprentices are my friends, and the staff, too, definitely.” – Josue
What have you learned about bikes?
“They keep your heart going faster. And when your heart goes faster, your heart pumps more blood and it makes you feel better.” – Deqo
What’s something you’ve learned that doesn’t have anything to do with bikes?
“It doesn’t matter who you are, you are going to get accepted here [at Cycles for Change].” – Esmerelda
What’s something you’re looking forward to?
“I am looking forward to leading our own Slow Roll.” – Mainou