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.
Chicago Voyagers is a recognized affiliate of Trips for Kids®, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that now operates in 75 locations throughout the United States and the world.