tangible electricity in the classroom."
Two weeks before I went to Waterloo for TDP in August, I spent 10 days down in Charlotte, NC visiting a fellow UBI recipient, Charlotte Cadieux. Charlotte founded CLT Bike Camp with her friend Bethany back in the summer of 2016. They run several programs each summer, ranging from "first wheels" to bike camping. I came down to help Charlotte and Bethany run the very first Girls Camp. The camp is dedicated for young women to build confidence and connections through bicycles; teaching urban cycling skills and safety while exploring the city. We engaged in community service at the Charlotte Re-Cyclery, where I led the girls in safely tearing down [the] donated bicycles, and at Winghaven: a bird sanctuary and historic garden. Five days, 16 girls ages 6 to 14 and the three of us as counselors, it was truly magical, and wildly empowering, for all of us!
I was so proud of myself for the leadership I represented, proud of the girls who were absolute rippers during ridiculously long and hot days, and proud of the sisterhood that shone brighter than the sun. Literally, the most beautiful thing that happened and effectively brought me to happy tears was after we volunteered at the Re-Cyclery. A few of the girls came up to me, telling me how fun it was to tear down bikes and how they wanted to become bicycle mechanics one day. I always wished I had more female role models in my life growing up, and it took me most of my 27 years of life to gain the confidence and independence that I felt I was able to pass on to these girls at camp. That's what's important and what I hope to continue doing.
towards inclusivity and forward-thinking in this industry."
you're chasing your dreams, celebrate that!
And don't ever ever forget that you're a boss babe."