**Building Community Through Biking**
Start The Cycle is a group cycling program in Marquette County that introduces youth to a life full of success through winter fat tire biking and summer mountain biking. The group’s trained mentors provide the structure for participants to achieve goals to cultivate a sense of belonging and resiliency. STC’s long-term mission is to help ensure more positive outcomes for families of need and connect them to other community resources. The team practices weekly and through team-building activities they emphasize the value of teamwork, achievement through effort, the need for boundaries, establishing goals, and planning to achieve those goals. By providing positive experiences for participants, other objectives of the program include: improving the youth’s grades in school, expanding social skills, and building trust. Start The Cycle’s recently completed study (in conjunction with NMU, MSU, and MTU) shows an increase in social-emotional and psycho-emotional factors for youth in the program throughout a 16-week summer season.
Start The Cycle started in 2013 and is a registered non-profit organization.
**Start the Cycle encourages those who culturally identify as BIPOC, LGBTQ+, to apply; however STC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, disability, military/veteran status, religion, political affiliation, or any other status in any of its activities or operations. Start the Cycle is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our board, volunteers, participants, and sponsors.
Board of Directors: Laura MacDonald, Alexa Alagon, Tom Shaw, Cora Ohnstad, Kate Dohnal, Aurora Dobbs, Bruce Closser, Lea Dziesinski