For Jeremy Gray’s senior thesis project, a group of seniors at The Met Sacramento High School put together a bicycle repair facility/workshop to be housed at the downtown Sacramento public charter high school which was founded on a “project-based” approach to education. They created the first youth-run bicycle collective in the Sacramento area and were in charge of getting the project started/funded, running and maintaining the site (which is centrally located adjacent to classrooms), and ensuring that other Metsters are able to take on the Bike Collective after they graduate.
Of the nearly 300 students at the Met, 100 bike to school and related internships in the community – less than a dozen are licenced drivers
By creating a place for students to learn about bikes through real work experience, the students hope to promote bike-riding in the Met community. The also will be giving volunteer students community service hours and the opportunity to meet other bicycle enthusiasts.
STUDENT BIKE COLLECTIVE MISSION STATEMENT
Our mission is to teach Met Sacramento community members of all skill and knowledge levels about repairing and maintaining their bikes so that they may become more self-sufficient. We are dedicated to providing helpful and lasting hands-on bicycle help to Metsters in an accessible and friendly environment. Many Metsters rely on their bicycles for transportation, and we hope to create the collective to support them.
Jeremy Gray is also Policy in Motion’s first high school intern who is currently creating a full length film on a concept called “people-oriented development” (POD) and how we can create beautiful communities where people interact more and drive less. The firm’s Career Development Mentorship Program mirrors the “project-based learning” philosophy at the Met Sacramento High School – a dependent public charter high school located in downtown Sacramento that fosters community sustainability at its essence and the concept of “POD.”
Lauren Michele is a proud member of the Met community!