CAMTB Teen Ambassadors

The California Mountain Bike Coalition is pleased to announce the CAMTB Teen Ambassador program, in partnership with NorCal Interscholastic Cycling League and the SoCal League. This initiative provides a cohort-based internship model for junior and senior high school student-athletes that are interested in building their resumes while riding, connecting, and taking meaningful action with other California-based student-athletes.

SoCal League Volunteer Trail Crew
NorCal League Riders In Action

About the Teen Ambassador Program

 The ambassadorship is rooted in NICA’s Teen Trail Corps’ SPEAKSERVERIDE, and RESPECT principles and the SoCal League’s WRMB Challenge values, both of which focus on the non-racing aspects of cycling. The program aims to educate student-athletes about the world of cycling advocacy and inspire a culture of service and personal action. Ambassadors will work alongside our advocacy team, trail partners, and industry representatives, in pursuit of more and better bike-friendly trails in California.

Announcing the 2023 Cohort!

Join us in welcoming this year’s Teen Ambassadors:

  • Mariana Barr, Chula Vista – East Lake High School
  • Nicolo Costanzo, Eureka – Humboldt Composite
  • Sebastian Fowler, San Francisco – SF Composite
  • James Jordan, Albany – Albany High Mountian Bike Racing Team
  • James Meezan, Mill Valley – Tamalpias High School
  • Sierra Paliaga, Arcata – Humboldt Composite
  • Craig Wilmanns, Santa Barbara – South Coast Composite

Thank you to all who applied. It was an amazing crop of young leaders, which made this year’s decisions all the harder to make. Learn more about this year’s cohort HERE.

NorCal League Trail Event with Access4Bikes – Photo by Hannah Childress

Teen Ambassador Partners:

NorCal League Logo

2023 Teen Ambassadors

Cohort Dates: January – May, 2023

CAMTB, in conjunction with its league partners, will select 6-8 ambassadors total for the 2023 cohort. CAMTB Teen Ambassadors will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn and practice representing yourself, your team, your league, and the larger California riding community at races and events
  • Write and speak on behalf of trail access for mountain bikers with local, state, and federal legislators and land managers.
  • Attend important mountain bike trail advocacy meetings [virtually and in-person] 
  • Support CAMTB and its Trail Partner community at volunteer trail maintenance days and community events
  • Meet and work with bike industry professionals, pro-riders, and trail advocates
  • Participate in CATMB events and activations at Sea Otter Classic 2023 as a badged CAMTB Teen Ambassador
  • Obtain community service hours while bettering the California trail experience for all!

Eligibility: All NorCal League and SoCal League junior or senior student-athletes are eligible to apply

Time Commitment: 3-5 hours per month from January – April, including one monthly cohort call

Cohort Meetings & Events

Jan 24 (Tue) Cohort Meeting // Kickoff & Orientation
Zoom Call from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm 

Feb 7 (Tue) Cohort Meeting // SERVE Theme
Zoom Call from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm 

Mar 7 (Tue) Cohort Meeting // SPEAK Theme
Zoom Call from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm 

Mar 28 (Tue) Meeting with CA State Parks Director, Armando Quintero
Zoom Call or In-Person in Palm Springs from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Apr 11 (Tue) Cohort Meeting // RIDE Theme
Zoom Call from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

May 9 (Wed) Cohort Meeting // RESPECT Theme
Zoom Call from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Optional Ambassador Events:

  • Sea Otter Classic, April 20-22, All Day
  • Trail Work & Community Rides with Trail Stewardship Organizations – Dates/Times TBD
  • Advocacy Meetings with California Senate and Assembly Members – Dates/Times TBD
  • Policy Meetings with Federal, State, and Regional Land Managers – Dates/Times TBD