We are looking for fellow mountain bike lovers who would like to help needy kids learn about the sport and the environment! We are a local chapter of a national charity (www.tripsforkids.org
) dedicated to spreading the joy of mountain biking and environmental awareness to needy children across the country! Locally we work with several agencies such as the Boys and Girls clubs, foster homes, group homes, Scouting groups, and inner city youth organizations. Check out our website for more information www.mtbyouthride.org Trips For Kids Tampa Mission Statement:The mission of Trips For Kids Tampa is to provide mountain bike outings and environmental education for low-income youth from Hillsborough County communities; to provide outdoor outings (primarily bike rides), community service, and educational opportunities for “at risk” kids that do not have access to these types of activities within their communities or environments; and to combine lessons in personal responsibility, self-empowerment, achievement, and community service so that “at risk” kids are equipped with tools for building positive accomplishments and relationships within their communities and their lives. Trips For Kids Tampa is about more than teaching kids about mountain biking. We use the mountain bike as a tool to get kids outdoors, learning the importance of conserving and preserving our natural resources. We don't just tell the kids to REDUCE, REUSE, and RECYCLE, we give them a hands on look at nature and let them see for themselves how every part of nature and the environment is interconnected. When they can see with their own eyes how even a small change in an ecosystem can have a huge impact on every inhabitant within that ecosystem it is easier for them to understand the impact they can have by making simple choices such as recycling, reducing waste and reusing everyday items. It is our hope that kids will leave our program with a new found appreciation for local, state, and national parks and a desire to become active stewards of the environment.Trips For Kids Tampa Partners with Academy Prep Center of Tampa
This year we have partnered up with the Academy Prep Center of Tampa http://www.academyprep.org/tampa/index.htm which is a private school that is focused on teaching kids from the poorest areas of Tampa that they can make a difference in their community! Most of their students come from single parent families with very little to look forward to in their lives. The Academy Prep Center gives them the opportunity to change themselves and their future. Trips for Kids Tampa has partnered up with this great school to offer their students an ongoing program to help teach their students the following:
·Introduce the students to our local parks ·Provide the students with basic skills and education in mountain biking, trail etiquette, and safety·Provide the students with a basic introduction to ecology·Persuade the students to become active in preserving and conserving our natural resources·Provide lessons in personal responsibility, self-esteem, confidence, and achievement through the development of practical skills and the simple act of having fun.
Please take a minute and look into our organization and if you feel you would like to make a difference in some children’s lives, why not volunteer to be a part of Trips for Kids Tampa? We need volunteers for all levels! Also needed are donations of cash, equipment, and/or supplies.
Trips for Kids Tampa is a IRS 501 (c) 3 charity so all donations are fully tax deductible!