Trips for Kids® Chattanooga is a commitment based Earn-a-Bike program which is opperated by the Southeast Conservation Corps during the school semester.
Since 2013, Trips for Kids® Chattanooga has engaged teens ages 12-to-15 in a primarily volunteer operated bike program. This long-term, commitment based program engages youth in a combination of mountain bike rides and conservation service projects. Within this program, participants will learn a conservation ethic, fortitude and tangible skills, through the enjoyment of riding a bike. Programs are free for all kids who are accepted. 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.
Trips for Kids® Chattanooga is also 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.
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 supporting their business whenever possible.
Partner with us
Trips for Kids® Chattanooga has had many successful partnerships with local schools and non-profits. We work hard to customize our program to fit the specific needs of your organization or students. We can provide bicycles from our fleet and all safety equipment, as well as transportaion and insurance.
Find out how to bring a Trips for Kids® Chattanooga program to your organization by contacting Brenna Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trips for Kids® Chattanooga is always in need of dedicated ride mentors. Participation from community members is what makes this program run. If you have a love of bikes, a passion for the outdoors, or just want a way to provide positive mentor ship to local youth, than you would be a perfect ride mentor!
Rides begin at an easy level, and become progressively more challenging to match the skill level of the youth enrolled. You do not need to be an expert rider to be a great mentor! Having your own mountain bike is preferred, however Trips for Kids® Chattanooga also has a fleet of bikes, and may be able to loan bikes to volunteers in some situations. Current First Aid and CPR certifications are also a plus!
If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the Volunteer Application and the Volunteer Waiver, and Background Check form, and e-mail them to email@example.com.
Donations help make our program possible! Gifts of all sizes are welcome, and help us afford this opportunity to more youth in our community! Learn more about how you can make an impact!
Does my child need to know how to ride a bike?
YES! We do require that all applicants already know how to ride a bike without training wheels. If you are looking for a program to teach your child the basics of riding a bike, try contacting Outdoor Chattanooga, as they sometimes offer beginning bike classes.
Does my child need to have safety equipment?
No. SECC provides helmets, water bottles, snacks and first aid kits.
What is the cost of the program?
Our program is free to all kids who are selected to participate in it.
What does the transportation look like?
SECC provides reliable transportation from the weekly meeting space to any ride locations. Our vehicles are all serviced and maintained regularly, our drivers are insured and have gone through our drivers training, and every passenger is required to wear a seatbelt at all times. It is up to parents or guardians to drop-off and pick-up kids in a timely manner for each meeting.
Who is looking after my child?
All Trips for Kids® Chattanooga rides are run by a designated Ride Mentor from Southeast Conservation Corps, as well as our volunteers, all of whom have gone through extensive training and background checks in order to work with the kids in our program.