Oh the Places Youth Will Go

Megan Mueller
by Megan Mueller | Apr 02, 2013
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Summary:

As young people growing up in Saint Paul, we can’t get everywhere we want to go. Transportation barriers keep us from enjoying many educational, cultural, and recreational opportunities in our city. By getting more youth on the bus and on bikes, we can maximize engagement in our hometown and make this a place we want to stay forever. The Saint Paul Youth Commission proposes a comprehensive strategy to make it easier for young people to get around. To encourage busing, we propose an all-in-one “Youth Hub Card” that acts as a transit Go-To pass, school ID, afterschool program “check in” ID, Nice Ride bike pass, and library card. To encourage biking, we propose offering air pumps, repair tools, and bike locks at all high schools.

The “Youth Hub Card” is modeled on successful programs in other cities that knit together transit, school, and afterschool. Schools in these cities have high school students ride transit rather than yellow buses. Having a transit pass allows students to get to jobs, afterschool programs, and library computer centers in their out-of-school time hours. The unique twist in Saint Paul would be two additional free Nice Ride rides for all youth with the pass to encourage more youth to try biking and support greater use of the Nice Ride system. The card would generate valuable data on youth traffic patterns and help drive decisions about making sure all corners of the city are accessible to youth.

The Youth Commission also wants to increase bike ridership among young people. To do this, we propose addressing barriers to bikes as transportation to school by installing Bike Kits (basic bike tools and a tire pump) and creating bike lock exchange programs at high schools.

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About You

First Name

Megan

Last Name

Mueller

City

Saint Paul

County

Ramsey

Country

United States, MN, Ramsey County

Website (if you have one)

Names of others who helped contribute to my idea

Saint Paul Youth Commission

How did you hear about the Forever Saint Paul Challenge?

The Saint Paul Foundation

About Your Organization (if applicable)

Organization Name (if applicable)

Saint Paul Youth Commission (Saint Paul Parks and Recreation)

Organization Phone

651-247-5538

Organization Address

25 W 4th St #400

City

Saint Paul

Organization Country

United States, MN, Ramsey County

Your idea

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Title of your idea

Oh the Places Youth Will Go

Give us the highlights of your idea for making Saint Paul great (2,000 characters maximum or approx. 250 words)

As young people growing up in Saint Paul, we can’t get everywhere we want to go. Transportation barriers keep us from enjoying many educational, cultural, and recreational opportunities in our city. By getting more youth on the bus and on bikes, we can maximize engagement in our hometown and make this a place we want to stay forever. The Saint Paul Youth Commission proposes a comprehensive strategy to make it easier for young people to get around. To encourage busing, we propose an all-in-one “Youth Hub Card” that acts as a transit Go-To pass, school ID, afterschool program “check in” ID, Nice Ride bike pass, and library card. To encourage biking, we propose offering air pumps, repair tools, and bike locks at all high schools.
The “Youth Hub Card” is modeled on successful programs in other cities that knit together transit, school, and afterschool. Schools in these cities have high school students ride transit rather than yellow buses. Having a transit pass allows students to get to jobs, afterschool programs, and library computer centers in their out-of-school time hours. The unique twist in Saint Paul would be two additional free Nice Ride rides for all youth with the pass to encourage more youth to try biking and support greater use of the Nice Ride system. The card would generate valuable data on youth traffic patterns and help drive decisions about making sure all corners of the city are accessible to youth.
The Youth Commission also wants to increase bike ridership among young people. To do this, we propose addressing barriers to bikes as transportation to school by installing Bike Kits (basic bike tools and a tire pump) and creating bike lock exchange programs at high schools.

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Innovation

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What makes your idea different or unexpected? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

This idea is an all-in-one investment in the environment, education, and public health. The “Youth Hub Card” ties together many systems that are typically separate and creates a seamless learning environment for youth across the city. It puts transportation and learning decisions in the hands of youth. It would foster a new generation of residents who feel comfortable navigating the city by bus and by bike, and who benefit from the physical activity of walking to and from bus stops or biking around town. The Youth Hub Card would also support education by encouraging youth to visit libraries, parks, and to find afterschool and summer programs that meet their unique interests.

Impact

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How will your idea make a difference in Saint Paul? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

This idea creates an opportunity for Saint Paul high school students to be more independent. Saint Paul is filled with theater programs, sports clubs, cultural organizations, homework help centers, and more, but often youth are limited to the options in their neighborhood or at their school. The bus pass and support to bike to and from school will increase opportunities to participate in more after school programs, sports, and getting to and from a job. This creates an opportunity for youth to explore Saint Paul and the surrounding Twin Cities. Having more people utilizing Metro Transit and Nice Ride fosters lifelong users of those systems.

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Why do you think people will recognize or remember your idea after it comes to life? How might it inspire others to do something similar in their community? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

This proposal will be recognized because youth will be more visible in Saint Paul. They’ll be on buses, biking in the roads, at the libraries and at after school and summer programs. They will be more connected to Saint Paul and will benefit from the informal learning opportunities associated with navigating the bus system, time management, and exploring new sites. This project may increase student performance in the long run by allowing youth to find activities that speak to their personal “spark.” In short, this proposal would transform the way Saint Paul youth navigate and interact with their hometown.

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