Triangle Bikeworks Annual Report 2013 - Page 3

DEAR FELLOW STAKEHOLDERS 201 3 was an extremely busy and productive year for Triangle Bikeworks. As we continued to look for ways to give youth opportunities not normally afforded them we were involved in many things. In February our youth cyclists were selected for the second year to speak about the youth leadership program, Spoke’n Revolutions. The program involves distance cycling as a catalyst for leadership development, confidence building and appreciation for outdoor activities such as, cycling, camping and hiking. A major component of the program is this nation’s history and the role people of color have played in its success. As a result of this program we were one of the few youth organizations fortunate enough to receive the America’s Best Idea grant from the National Park Foundation. This foundation’s purpose is to get more people out into the National Park system. program. In the spring we held the second “Wild and Scenic Film Festival” with films centered around people whose efforts are to work with and improve their environment. Completing June and into July we were on tour with the Spoke’n Revolutions youth cyclists learning the music and culture of the Mississippi and Arkansas Delta regions. In August, we began cyclocross practices twice per week with a new group of students comprising of 1 4 middle school and high school students. Then in the fall we held North Carolina's first “Bicycle Film Festival”, a gathering of cultures from art, film, and music with films centered around the bicycle. All of our efforts and work are done to provide funding for our youth programming. more about Americorps by clicking here. Our fabulous board members enjoy that we are able to bring previously unimaginable opportunities to youth that expand their awareness of self, build confidence and offers a path of leadership where it didn’t exist before. We see the individual changes. The transformations that happen when mind, body and spirit come together for the purpose of achieving a goal. As a supporter and fellow stakeholder we look to you to help us continue Changing Lives. One Revolution At A Time. We happily report that three Spoke'n Revolutions graduates returned as interns for the summer tour. We also became a Southern Regional partner for Americorps In March we were asked if we would be interested in getting NCCC. This means that youth in our youth involved in the sport of Cyclocross and we gladly accepted. We began the talks of how this would look and work. community between the ages of 1 8All the way into the summer. In May, we were able to purchase 24 who participate in our programs will have their applications a much needed van. In June, we were granted 20 new bikes fastracked for processing. Read and three community donated bikes for the cyclocross Triangle Bikeworks Annual Report | Page 3