Joshua Funches, a BCYC alum and president of the National Youth Bike Council, has been named the Emerging Leader of the Year by the League of American Bicyclists (LAB). The League announced their awards on the first day of this year’s virtual National Bike Summit.
Here’s a summary of Joshua’s award (from the LAB’s blog):
Emerging Leader of the Year
This award is a special accolade for a young person who is new to the bicycling movement and has demonstrated exceptional and inspiring bicycle advocacy. Nominees have demonstrated leadership in their short tenure and show great potential to continue leading in the bicycling movement.
OUR 2021 AWARD GOES TO JOSHUA FUNCHES OF THE NATIONAL YOUTH BIKE COUNCIL
Joshua Funches is the co-founder and president of the National Youth Bike Council which was officially started in January of 2017 by a group of youth who were very motivated by the idea of connecting youth across the nation as leaders in the biking community. He’s encouraged and worked with the League to bring youth-directed programming to the 2021 National Bike Summit, while also organizing a Youth Bike Summit later in 2021.