Chattanooga's unique Earn-a-Bike program, opperated by the Southeast Conservation Corps!
During the school year, Southeast Conservation Corps manages an after-school mountain bike program for teens ages 12-to-15. This five-month program engages youth in two monthly mountain bike rides and one monthly conservation service project. Within this program, participants will learn a conservation ethic, fortitude and tangible skills, through the enjoyment of riding a bike. Upon successful completion of this program, participants will earn a new or gently used bike and be encouraged to return the following season as peer leaders.
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Trips for Kids-Chattanooga is a member of Trips for Kids® International (www.tripsforkids.org/) 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.
We would not be able to do the work we do without the generous support of our Trips for Kids International Sponsors (www.tripsforkids.org/national/sponsors.htm) and are proud to be working in partnership with these companies. Please join us in saying thank you by patronizing their business whenever possible.
Quotes from Riders:
· “I will never forget my friends that I meet here.”
· “The Ruby Falls trail [was my biggest challenge] it
was long and rocky.”
· “Dedication and No Pain, No Gain.”
· “I learned how to work with people and be friends.”