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Catalyst Radio: Motion Initiative uses cycling repair to teach life skills to urban youth

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Thomas Fish, executive director of Motion Initiative, joins us on air. Motion Initiative is part of United in Christ Ministries and teaches urban youth life skills through their bicycle shop.

/Courtesy of the Motion Initiative

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About Catalyst Radio

Catalyst Radio is a weekly radio show with hosts Linda Gellasch and Denise Cheng that looks at the behind-the-scenes of Rapidian reporting as well as grassroots and nonprofit efforts around the community. The show comprises a media analysis and developments portion, interview segment and calendar of events. You can catch it on air at noon every Friday on WYCE 88.1 FM or streaming on the Grand Rapids Community Media Center Website.

/Courtesy of the Motion Initiative

Thomas Fish, executive director of Motion Initiative, joins us on air. Motion Initiative is part of United in Christ Ministries and teaches urban youth life skills through their bicycle shop. Acitivities include training in bike mechanics and maintenance, group road and mountain bike rides, races and an earn-a-bike program. Located in Black Hills, the shop has a four-bay industrial garage and five repair areas and is currently setting up a location in Holland, MI.



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Wednesday, Nov. 3 at 9 a.m. at Wealthy Theatre (1130 Wealthy SE)
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The Found Footage Festival is returning to the UICA. The event features live-comedy and found video, showcasing footage that was found at garage sales, thrift stores, warehouses, and dumpsters throughout the US and Canada. Found Footage Festival collection of odd, found VHS footage is distilled it into a 90-minute feature.
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