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Phone: 415-458-2986
138 Sunnyside
Mill Valley
California 94941
USA
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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.

 

Mission:
Established in 1986, Trips for Kids ® (TFK®) is a San Francisco Bay Area-based volunteer organization that provides mountain biking outings and environmental education for inter-city youth. Our goal is to combine lessons in personal responsibility, achievement and environmental awareness through development of practical skills and the simple act of having fun. The Trips for Kids international office, supporting more than 70 chapters, is co-located with the flagship chapter in San Rafael, CA. The flagship chapter also operates a bicycle thrift shop, Re-Cyclery, and an Earn-a-Bike program. The shop provides affordable transportation for Bay Area residents. The shop also plays a major role in the recycling of bicycles and bicycle parts.
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08/15/13
Fantastic organization - solid, well-run in every way, with incredible impact! Trips for Kids truly changes children's lives - positively and profoundly - and has for 25 years... more »
05/20/10
My youth group members love the rides throughout the Bay Area. Although some of the rides are strenuous, they allow our youth to view the Bay Area in a new way. The rides have helped the youth enjoy being outdoors and away from the hustle of the inner city... more »
10/02/09
My name is Alison and I am the Project Coordinator for a mentoring program that assists teens that have an incarcerated parent. A large part of our program is our monthly group events. Our kids LOVE Trips for Kids rides. They comment frequently about how fun and cool the staff/volunteers are. The ... more »
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