Trips For Kids International:
Trips for Kids WNC is a member of Trips for Kids® International a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Marin County, California. Founded in 1988 and now operating in over 80 locations throughout the United States, Canada and Israel, Trips for Kids (TFK®) International has opened the world of cycling to over 100,000 at-risk youth through guided mountain bike rides and job training/earn-a-bike programs. All TFK chapters, modeled on the foundation of the original TFK Marin program, are managed and operated independently at the local level but share a common goal. Their mission is to use bicycles as a vehicle for lessons in confidence building, achievement, health, fitness and environmental awareness through the development of practical skills and the simple act of having fun.
Trips For Kids WNC
Located in Asheville, NC, Trips For Kids WNC was founded on November 18, 2010. The goal of Trips For Kids WNC is to provide mountain bike outings and environmental education for kids who would not otherwise be exposed to such activities.
After spending several years in the child mental health field, and finding a lack of options for local youth to participate in cycling, Stephen decided it was time to jump in and do something about it. After meeting with various local youth and cycling advocates, the plans developed with seeming ease. The chapter was approved and the program was rolled out to the public.
Trips For Kids WNC has facilitated over 500 kids on trips in the first year and we look forward to offering our services to many more in the future.
Stephen grew up riding his bike all over Bonaire, the Caribbean island he spent most of his teen years on. After moving back to the US, he ended up riding his bike on the entire Blue Ridge Parkway, across America- from San Diego, CA to Wilmington, NC. In recent years, he has completed several long distance endurance mountain biking events: 3 time finisher of the Pisgah MTB Stage Race, Cohutta 100, Burn 24, Cowbell Challenge and more.
The National Chapter
Operating in the United States, Canada and Israel, Trips For Kids® (TFK®) has opened the world of cycling to over 60,000 at-risk youth through mountain bike rides and Earn-A-Bike programs. The more than sixty Trips For Kids chapters we support combine lessons in personal responsibility, achievement and environmental awareness through the development of practical skills, and the simple act of having fun.
The inspiration for Trips For Kids® came in 1986, when founder and director Marilyn Price was pedaling up Mount Tamalpais, gazing at San Francisco. As a frequent volunteer at St. Anthony’s Dining Room in the heart of the inner city, she thought how wonderful it would be if these kids could join her. Most had never seen their city from that perspective. Most had never challenged themselves physically. All spent their days surrounded by cement as well as constant exposure to drugs, violence and gang involvement. It was then that Marilyn’s vision for Trips For Kids began to take shape.
After functioning as a pilot program for two years, Trips For Kids incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1988. Since then, with the help of hundreds of volunteers, many thousands of disadvantaged kids from throughout the San Francisco Bay Area have experienced the natural world from the seat of a mountain bike.
The program expanded dramatically in 1994 with the establishment of the Re-Cyclery bicycle thrift shop, and an Earn-A-Bike program. In addition to providing great deals on bikes and parts and affordable transportation for Bay Area residents, the shop funds a majority of Trips For Kids program costs. Meanwhile, the Earn-A-Bike program teaches youngsters valuable life skills in a safe environment.
Encouraged by our success in San Francisco and by others interested in starting similar programs, in 1999, we began supporting the development of Trips For Kids chapters around the United States and around the world.
We invite you to get involved and make a positive impact in the lives of underserved young people. Trips For Kids provides the materials, moral support and inspiration that an individual or group needs to help disadvantaged kids discover the joy of mountain biking.