What We Believe
We believe in the potential of all teens and that they only need guidance and support to grow into successful, healthy adults.
The outdoors is perfect for working with kids — the environment provides a natural setting where they’re encouraged to explore, challenge themselves, and have fun while also improving their physical health. This allows us to not only provide an alternative to street life, but assists in fighting the national obesity crisis. Just checking up on this.
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, TFK Fox Valley, was founded. The program goals were to expose Illinois teens to nature and decrease the number involved in gangs, crime, drug abuse, and other harmful activities by providing safe and healthy activities. From 2002 until 2008, volunteers worked with many agencies in Fox Valley, and even traveled to Indiana, to provide bike rides for teens.
Today: Chicago Voyagers
In 2008, in order to expand the impact of the program, Chicago Voyagers undertook the sponsorship of the chapter, moved it to Chicago, and renamed it. The Chicago Voyagers board integrated the programs and added activities such as canoeing, hiking, cross country skiing, rock climbing, river trips, and camping.
Trips for Kids Chicago is a program of Chicago Voyagers, a recognized affiliate of Trips for Kids ® a 501(c)3 California nonprofit corporation. Trips for Kids was founded in 1988 and now operates in over 75 locations throughout the United States and Canada. As an affiliate, we embrace the Trip for Kids 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.