In the Beginning: Trips For Kids
In 1986, Marilyn Price thought how wonderful it would be if the at-risk teens she worked with in San Rafael, California could join her for mountain biking. Most of them had never challenged themselves physically, and were surrounded by concrete as well as constant exposure to drugs, violence, and gang involvement. After functioning as a pilot mountain biking program for two years, Trips for Kids (TFK) incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1988.
In 2002, the first Midwest chapter of Trips for Kids was founded in Fox Valley. Six year later, Chicago Voyagers was formed as an affiliate of Trips for Kids. Chicago Voyagers embraces TFK’s mission to provide transformative cycling experiences through a network of chapters that promote healthy, recreational lifestyles, environmental awareness, and personal empowerment for young people of all communities, especially those most in need.
Trips for Kids Chicago currently operates a Trail Rides Program for our local community. These programs aim to build self-esteem, inspire healthy lifestyles and instill environmental values. We would not be able to give deserving youth transformative cycling experiences without the generous support of Trips for Kids major sponsors. We are proud to be working in partnership with these supportive businesses and individuals. Please join us in saying thank you by patronizing these businesses whenever possible.