Trips for Kids Marin Overview
Target demographics: at-risk, low income youth, ages 10 - 17
Direct beneficiaries per year: 1500
Geographic areas served: International
Programs: Trips for Kids operates three integrated programs:
1. Each year our Rides Program leads day-long mountain biking excursions for over 1600 low-income youth from all over the Bay Area. On the rides we deliver lessons in environmental awareness, nutrition and physical fitness.
2. In 1999 we began a National Expansion Program that helps people in other areas develop programs based on our successful San Francisco Bay Area model. We offer starting groups guidance, bikes and a "How To" manual. To date there are 70Trips for Kids groups in North America and one in Israel.
3. Our Re-Cyclery program offers earn-a-bike and job training opportunities to over 225 low-income youth per year at our San Rafael workshop. Re-Cyclery youth can also participate in art nd homework tutoring projects. A Mobile Re-Cyclery brings our skill-building workshop to more than 225 youth at schools in Marin and the East Bay. At the Re-Cyclery Thrift Shop we hire youth trained in our workshops to help repair and sell used bikes to raise funds for our programs. The shop encourages people to reuse old items and reduces waste while promoting biking as an affordable, environmentally friendly form of transportation.