Walk & Bike Youth Leaders Program
A project of the California Bicycle Coalition, California Walks, and the California Center for Civic Participation.
APPLICATIONS DUE May 31st, 2017, 5 PM
Apply to join a diverse group of ten youth aged 16-23 in Sacramento to learn how to advocate for state policies that promote safer streets and better public transportation. The youth in the Walk and Bike Youth Leaders Program will expand their knowledge of advocacy strategies, complete a PhotoVoice project documenting their neighborhood’s current biking and walking conditions, and present at the California Bicycle Summit in Sacramento in October 2017.
BENEFITS AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF YOUTH LEADERS
You will learn how to make your community and state a better, safer place to walk and bike and gain experience that will boost your education and career opportunities. You will build relationships among youth leaders across the state, and help shape the program for future youth leaders as part of the very first cohort. You will earn a $200 stipend and the opportunity to tie your experience in the program to the broader pedestrian and bike safety movement.

TENTATIVE PROGRAM SCHEDULE
Youth Leaders will participate in an interactive online forum with other participants and program coordinators. Youth Leaders MUST have access to a computer to participate in the program and must be available on the following dates and times.
June 27, 4-6 pm—Overview of program purpose and schedule; develop an understanding of advocacy and messaging tactics for walk/bike/transit safety
July 18, 4-6 pm—Learn how to conduct walk/bike assessment and understand infrastructure design that supports active transportation
August 15, 4-6 pm—Create a PhotoVoice Project
September 12, 4-6 pm—Create visual presentation of your photovoice project; learn effective communication tips for delivering your presentation
October 1—Travel day to Sacramento
October 2—Full day youth activity session
October 3-6—Attend and present PhotoVoice project at the CalBike Summit

Ongoing in 2017—Opportunity to continue to participate in ongoing advocacy activities on transportation issues and shape the next year of the Walk and Bike Youth Leaders Program

SELECTION PROCESS
We will assemble a diverse group of ten youth aged 16-23 from communities across California, especially those from communities facing social, health and economic disparities. We seek youth with unique experiences and a strong desire to make their communities better, safer places to live. Persons of color, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, persons with disabilities, persons who have lived in poverty, ex-offenders, and people fluent in more than one language are strongly encouraged to apply.
I have read the Benefits, Responsibilities, Schedule, and Selection Process for the Program, and if selected, I agree to fulfill the responsibilities of the program.
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