Full Cycle is a social enterprise bicycle shop in south Minneapolis, MN that offers support and connection to young people experiencing homelessness through several programs and initiatives.
Full Cycle's mission is to connect with and support homeless youth, our community, and our Earth through bikes, business, and relationships.
OUR CORE VALUES
COMMITMENT | OPTIMISM | PERSONAL ACCOUNTABILITY | HUMOR | GRATITUDE | INTEGRITY | WELLNESS
In 2002, FC Founder and Director Matt Tennant, then an outreach worker early in his career, began bringing bikes to his job at a local youth homeless shelter as a way to pass the time while working overnights. It soon became apparent that the residents of the shelter were interested and ready to learn about fixing bikes, and could also really use affordable, reliable transportation. Perhaps even more importantly, while changing a tire or cleaning a chain, young people who had been guarded or withdrawn began to open up and talk with him about their lives.
Wrenching on bikes turned into a Free Bike Program, and in 2007, Matt moved his operation to an underused garage owned by Pillsbury House + Theater, part of Pillsbury United Communities. After a year or so, Matt hired Full Cycle's first staff member, Crystal, and together they formed the internship program, hired their first three young people in the summer of 2008, and in October of 2008 quietly hung an open sign in the front window and began offering repair service and used bikes to the neighborhood, creating Full Cycle Bike Shop. Today Full Cycle gives away over 200 bikes a year to youth experiencing homelessness, and also offers a paid internship program that employs 20-24 youth a year to work in our full-service retail shop, youth-specific food-access programming, and continues to engage youth outside of the bike shop through street-based outreach.
What started in a backyard shed has expanded and emerged as a national model of youth-entrepreneurship programs, and a level of bike sales, service, and product comparable to other bike shops. Today, Full Cycle employs 8-12 staff a year, and is committed to offering relevant and creative services to our young people, excellent repair and service to our customers, and authentic, quality relationships with both.