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Trips for Kids Santa Cruz Seeks Ride Leaders, Marketing Content Publishers, and a Board of Directors President

Trips for Kids Santa Cruz, an all-volunteer organization that takes kids mountain biking, seeks Ride Leaders, Marketing Content Publishers, and a Board of Directors President. If you enjoy mountain biking, mentoring kids, and feel that changing kids lives for the better is payment in itself, then you will fit right in with Trips for Kids Santa Cruz.

To express interest in any positions, please send email to: info@tripsforkidssantacruz.org.

Ride Leaders teach mountain biking skills and etiquette, act as nature docents, lead rides and activities, provide first aid for injuries, repair bikes on the trail, respond to emergencies, and above all enjoy working with kids and creating a safe and fun experience.

Marketing Content Publishers take photographs, write up stories, record short videos, and publish content online—including Facebook, tripsforkidssantacruz.org, YouTube, and email newsletters—and print and physical media. Works with the Board to recognize sponsors, donors, contributors, and volunteers.

President is the liaison between the local chapter of Trips for Kids and the International organization. President leads monthly Board meetings, and supports other Board members with their duties for the operation of the organization. President represents the chapter in all legal, fiduciary, and public matters. President coordinates activities with other bicycling organizations and events.

About Trips for Kids Santa Cruz

We provide kids (ages 10-18) with everything they need to have a safe, fun experience riding a mountain bike in the great outdoors, all at no cost to them. We fit the kids individually with a bike, helmet, and gloves, and provide a healthy lunch, transportation, skills instruction, and moral support.

Trips for Kids Santa Cruz is a member of Trips for Kids® International http://www.tripsforkids.org, 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.

CONTACT

email: info@tripsforkidssantacruz.org
web: https://tripsforkidssantacruz.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TripsForKidsSantaCruz/

Trips for Kids Newsletter 2016-02-22

Bike Station Aptos Sponsors Mountain Bikes for Tykes

Trips for Kids Santa Cruz is grateful for the continuing generosity and support from Bike Station Aptos with their recent sponsorship to provide four push bikes at wholesale prices. We will soon have four GT Mach One’s, two 12-inch and two 16-inch, for our bike rodeos at community events. Bike Station Aptos will also build the bikes.

GT Mach One 16-inch push bike
GT Mach One 16-inch push bike
GT Mach One 12-inch push bike
GT Mach One 12-inch push bike
Bike Station Aptos
Bike Station Aptos

Upcoming rides

  • Sat, Mar 12, Jovenes Sanos
  • Sat, Apr 23, Middle School Bike Clubs
  • Thu, Jul 7, Contigo

For more information, please contact our ride coordinator at:
ride@tripsforkidssantacruz.org

See our calendar for other upcoming rides.


Upcoming events

Soquel Transportation Community Meeting

Wednesday, February 24
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Main Street Elementary School
3400 N Main St, Soquel

Supervisor John Leopold will host a community discussion about mobility through Soquel Village. Bicycle advocates are urged to come out and speak in favor of adding missing bike lanes on Soquel Drive and other safety improvements.

Light Up the Night Ride

Friday, March 11
5:00 – 7:00 PM: Live music, bike and helmet decorating, light giveaway, and raffle
7:00 PM: Ride departs
Meet at Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History
705 Front Street, Santa Cruz

Pre-ride activities at the museum will include bike and helmet decorating, and live bluegrass music from Cayuga Station. Prizes will be awarded for the brightest bike, brightest rider, and most creative costume. The ride departs at 7:00 PM from the Museum of Art and History, and will follow a mostly car-free route along the river levee.

Free bike lights will be distributed to the first 30 riders, and lots of other great items will be raffled off! Huge thanks to Bell Sports, Epicenter Cycling, Light & Motion, Cycliq, Lumenus, and Proviz for donating lights and raffle prizes.

Riders under 18 must bring a waiver signed by a parent or guardian.


Request a ride for your group

We have many open regular ride dates scheduled in our calendar on the first and third Saturdays of the month. Other dates are possible by request. If you have a group of kids that you would like to take mountain biking, request a ride through our website.


Support Trips for Kids with your online donation with PayPal and AmazonSmile

Have you heard? We now accept donations online. Use PayPal to make a donation, either recurring or one-time.

Click to Donate

Donate Button

To spare us transaction fees, you can send a personal payment from your PayPal account to donate@tripsforkidssantacruz.org and select “I’m sending money to family or friends”. Read details.

As an all-volunteer run organization, all funds go directly to benefit kids in our programs.

Donate while you shop online at AmazonSmile

We are now a member of AmazonSmile. When you shop and purchase eligible items through Amazon, selecting us as your preferred nonprofit charity organization, Trips for Kids Santa Cruz will receive 0.5% of the purchase price from the AmazonSmile Foundation. There’s no cost to you. Every little bit helps us lube the chains and cranks of our bicycle fleet.


Give a kid the opportunity of a lifetime

Donating to Trips for Kids Santa Cruz changes lives through the mountain biking experience. As an all-volunteer organization, your donations go directly to benefit kids.

We accept bikes, tubes, tires, water bottles, first aid kits, and any other mountain bike related necessities. Please Contact Us to arrange a donation of in-kind items.

Of course, we accept monetary donations, as well! Checks made payable to “Trips for Kids Santa Cruz” may be sent to:

T4KSC
758 Rio Del Mar Blvd
Aptos, CA 95003

Trips for Kids Newsletter 2015-12-14

Support Trips for Kids Santa Cruz
while gift shopping on Amazon


You go, Girl Scouts!

On November 21, we took nine girls and three leaders from Girl Scout Troop 10423 for a “bike and hike” in The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park. This was the second ride this year for this eager group of girls. More photos and story…

You go, Girl Scouts!


San José ICO soaks up the fun on rainy day

Trips for Kids Santa Cruz led riders and volunteers from San José ICO on the fire roads and single track trails in the Forest of Nisene Marks in Aptos. The day started off cool, and a few showers started to fall after lunch, making for perfect trail conditions. More photos and story…


Upcoming rides

We have a openings for taking kids mountain biking.

For more information, please contact our ride coordinator at:
ride@tripsforkidssantacruz.org

See our calendar for other upcoming rides.


Request a ride for your group

We have many open regular ride dates scheduled in our calendar on the first and third Saturdays of the month. Other dates are possible by request. If you have a group of kids that you would like to take mountain biking, request a ride through our website.


Support Trips for Kids with your online donation with PayPal and AmazonSmile

Have you heard? We now accept donations online. Use PayPal to make a donation, either recurring or one-time.

Click to Donate

Donate Button

To spare us transaction fees, you can send a personal payment from your PayPal account to donate@tripsforkidssantacruz.org and select “I’m sending money to family or friends”. Read details.

As an all-volunteer run organization, all funds go directly to benefit kids in our programs.

Donate while you shop online at AmazonSmile

We are now a member of AmazonSmile. When you shop and purchase eligible items through Amazon, selecting us as your preferred nonprofit charity organization, Trips for Kids Santa Cruz will receive 0.5% of the purchase price from the AmazonSmile Foundation. There’s no cost to you. Every little bit helps us lube the chains and cranks of our bicycle fleet.


Give a kid the opportunity of a lifetime

Donating to Trips for Kids Santa Cruz changes lives through the mountain biking experience. As an all-volunteer organization, your donations go directly to benefit kids.

We accept bikes, tubes, tires, water bottles, first aid kits, and any other mountain bike related necessities. Please Contact Us to arrange a donation of in-kind items.

Of course, we accept monetary donations, as well! Checks made payable to “Trips for Kids Santa Cruz” may be sent to:

T4KSC
758 Rio Del Mar Blvd
Aptos, CA 95003

You go, Girl Scouts!

On November 21, we took nine girls and three leaders from Girl Scout Troop 10423 for a “bike and hike” in The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park. This was the second ride this year for this eager group of girls. Kathy Frank was our ride leader. They rode up to the Aptos Creek Trail along the fire road, and from there hiked to the Epicenter, and then up to the bridge crossing at Big Slide. Everyone had a blast, and they can’t wait to do it again. Below, is the thank you note from their troop leader Nancy Gere.

John,

On behalf of me, the girls, and adults who chaperoned today’s ride, thank you so much!! We loved it. It is so good for the soul to get out in the woods and go on an adventure! All the girls had positive things to say; even the ones who were tentative at first said they really enjoyed it. Thank you for coordinating this amazing day and for your flexibility with us this morning.

We’re looking forward to the next ride!

Nancy

San José ICO soaks up the fun on a rainy day

Trips for Kids Santa Cruz led riders and volunteers from San José ICO on the fire roads and single track trails in the Forest of Nisene Marks in Aptos. The day started off cool, and a few showers started to fall after lunch, making for perfect trail conditions. The leaders helped all the riders learn a few skills: shifting up and down, braking, and trail etiquette. The riders were well prepared with rain jackets supplied by San José ICO, keeping at the top halves of ourselves dry, even though everyone had a skunk tail up the back of the jackets. Toward the end of the ride, the showers turned into a downpour, and the forest canyon walls rang with peals of laughter.

Family Fitness Challenge Day Obstacle Course

Kids and their families came out in droves to the Family Fitness Challenge Day in Ramsay Park, Watsonville, Sunday, September 27, 2015. Volunteers from Trips for Kids Santa Cruz helped toddlers on striders and kids on mountain bikes to attack our mountain bike obstacle course.

See a few of the photos in our gallery.

Raleigh EVA 29 Drawing Winner

Congratulations to John Casper and Jeltje Van Baren of Aptos, CA, who were the winners of the brand new Raleigh EVA 29 mountain bike in our recent drawing!

John Casper and Jeltje Van Baren
Left to right: John Casper and Jeltje Van Baren, lucky winners of the Raleigh EVA 29 Mountain Bike, with TFKSC President John Fuchs

Thanks to all of the entrants who raised over $1000 to support our programs to take kids mountain biking. The generous Bike Station Aptos donated this awesome bike.

Raleigh EVA 29 mountain bike

Bike Station Aptos

Trips for Kids Newsletter 2015-08-28

Enter to win a new mountain bike

Raleigh EVA 29 donated by Bike Station Aptos
Read details of how to purchase entries for the drawing. All proceeds benefit our programs to take kids mountain biking.


Get Out Get Fit goes into the wild

Get Out Get Fit ride in the Forest of Nisene Marks
Get Out Get Fit ride in the Forest of Nisene Marks

Every year Trips for Kids Santa Cruz has the opportunity to take the youth from the Get Out Get Fit summer camp hosted by the city of Watsonville on a mountain bike ride. Every year is a new adventure. Each year there are at least a few youth who have never been to the forest and now have the opportunity to ride a bike in the midst of the giant trees, flora, and fauna that live among us.

Trips for Kids Santa Cruz provides the opportunity for youth to experience riding a bike, but also to experience the power of nature and to challenge themselves to do more than they thought they could. At the end of the camp we ventured to the Forest of Nisene Marks and rode together, encouraged each other, and pushed ourselves to do more than we thought we could. It was an amazing day full of fun, laughter, and physical challenge.


Walnut Avenue Womens Center

We had an awesome ride with a group of ten people with Walnut Ave Womens Center. We rode in the Forest of Nisene Marks to the Epicenter Trail, crossing the creek on our bikes several times from the fire road. We even tried three miles of single track over roots and some technical maneuvering. It was a great day mountain biking!


Upcoming biking events

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day

Saturday, October 3, 2015, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Toro County Park (Quail Meadows day use area)
The event is free, but there is an $8 entrance fee if you drive in.

Trips for Kids Santa Cruz will be taking a group of kids to Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day. Sign up now!

The Monterey Off Road Cycling Association (MORCA) a chapter of the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is hosting Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day.

All participants must sign a waiver and helmets are required. NO EXCEPTIONS!

Activities include basic bike safety, a skills course, trail rides for all ages, prizes, and a barbeque.

This local event is part of a nationwide celebration known as Take-A-Kid-Mountain-Biking Day, supported by IMBA. The event purpose is to provide a means for kids and their families to enjoy local trails together. The Monterey County Parks Department will allow bikes on certain Toro Park trails that are usually closed so beginners can enjoy a safe ride. Local bike shops especially BobCat Bicycles have donated products along with contributions from FOX, Cypress Coast Subaru, Carmel Kitchens & Bath, Cleary Bikes, and others.

Family Fitness Challenge Day

Sunday, September 27, 2015
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Ramsay Park
1301 Main Street
Watsonville, CA 95076
Directions

This family friendly and free event will be held at Ramsey Park, centrally located in Watsonville, California. Activity stations including soccer, zumba, martial arts, food demos, healthy snacks and biking will be set up throughout the park grounds for families to enjoy actively participating in. Families will be given a punch card that upon completion will be entered into the raffle including prizes from local businesses. Come out and enjoy a fun filled day of physical activity and healthy snack stations with us this year!

Open Streets Santa Cruz County

Sunday, October 11, 2015
East Cliff Drive
Santa Cruz, CA

Two miles of roadway from Lighthouse Field to Natural Bridges State Park will be transformed into a car-free Pop-up Park.


Upcoming rides

We have a openings for taking kids mountain biking.

For more information, please contact our ride coordinator at:
ride@tripsforkidssantacruz.org

See our calendar for other upcoming rides.


Request a ride for your group

We have many open regular ride dates scheduled in our calendar on the first and third Saturdays of the month. Other dates are possible by request. If you have a group of kids that you would like to take mountain biking, request a ride through our website.


Support Trips for Kids with your online donation with PayPal and AmazonSmile

Have you heard? We now accept donations online. Use PayPal to make a donation, either recurring or one-time.

Click to Donate

Donate Button

To spare us transaction fees, you can send a personal payment from your PayPal account to donate@tripsforkidssantacruz.org and select “I’m sending money to family or friends”. Read details.

As an all-volunteer run organization, all funds go directly to benefit kids in our programs.

Donate while you shop online at AmazonSmile

We are now a member of AmazonSmile. When you shop and purchase eligible items through Amazon, selecting us as your preferred nonprofit charity organization, Trips for Kids Santa Cruz will receive 0.5% of the purchase price from the AmazonSmile Foundation. There’s no cost to you. Every little bit helps us lube the chains and cranks of our bicycle fleet.


Give a kid the opportunity of a lifetime

Donating to Trips for Kids Santa Cruz changes lives through the mountain biking experience. As an all-volunteer organization, your donations go directly to benefit kids.

We accept bikes, tubes, tires, water bottles, first aid kits, and any other mountain bike related necessities. Please Contact Us to arrange a donation of in-kind items.

Of course, we accept monetary donations, as well! Checks made payable to “Trips for Kids Santa Cruz” may be sent to:

T4KSC
758 Rio Del Mar Blvd
Aptos, CA 95003

Trips for Kids Newsletter 2015-06-23

End of the ride
End of the ride

San José Inspiring Connections Outdoors ride the Forest of Nisene Marks

Our friends from San José Inspiring Connections Outdoors rode through the Forest of Nisene Marks last Saturday, June 6. Janette LaBau, Ray, and five other volunteers led eleven kids on an adventure they will always remember. Forest elves and the elusive Duckus bikerus accompanied us on our trip along the trails.


Mountain bike skills area alongside the fire road in the Forest of Nisene Marks
Mountain bike skills area alongside the fire road in the Forest of Nisene Marks

Middle school kids from across the county tour the Forest of Nisene Marks

A large group of kids from middle schools around the county rode through the Forest of Nisene Marks Saturday, May 30. Sunshine filtered through the redwood canopy and warmed us on our ride. At our lunch stop alongside Aptos Creek, a few of us learned how to skip stones, and others went “spelunking“. Tawn Kennedy and Steve Piercy led the riders from New Brighton and Mission Hill Middle Schools, and kids in the Earn a Bike program in Watsonville.


Support Trips for Kids with your online donation with PayPal and AmazonSmile

Have you heard? We now accept donations online. Use PayPal to make a donation, either recurring or one-time.

Click to Donate

Donate Button

To spare us transaction fees, you can send a personal payment from your PayPal account to donate@tripsforkidssantacruz.org and select “I’m sending money to family or friends”. Read details.

As an all-volunteer run organization, all funds go directly to benefit kids in our programs.

Donate while you shop online at AmazonSmile

We are now a member of AmazonSmile. When you shop and purchase eligible items through Amazon, selecting us as your preferred nonprofit charity organization, Trips for Kids Santa Cruz will receive 0.5% of the purchase price from the AmazonSmile Foundation. There’s no cost to you. Every little bit helps us lube the chains and cranks of our bicycle fleet.


Upcoming biking events

TFKSC Bike Maintenance Party

Monday, June 29, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
TFKSC Launch Pad
345 Harvest Drive Watsonville, CA

Our bikes need some love and attention. We will hold a bike maintenance party to adjust brakes and shifters, lube chains and hubs, and other maintenance tasks. We’ll supply the pizza and delicious beverages, as well as tools and bike parts. Just bring your fine old self and some rockin’ tunes.

Mountain Bike Drawing

Raleigh EVA 29 donated by Bike Station Aptos
Trips for Kids Santa Cruz will be holding a drawing for a Raleigh EVA 29 mountain bike. The generous Bike Station Aptos donated this awesome bike.

View the full manufacturer specifications.

More information about the drawing will be announced in upcoming newsletters, on our Facebook page, and our website.

Raleigh EVA 29 donated by Bike Station Aptos

Bike Friendly Watsonville Community Bike Ride

The folks from Bike Friendly Watsonville will hold their inaugural Community Bike Ride.

Saturday, Jun 27, 10:00 AM
Second Street Cafe
28 Second Street, Watsonville, CA

The event is free and open to all ages and experience levels. For more information, see their Facebook page or contact May Pro-Tem Felipe Hernandez at 831-707-4392.

Read the article in the Santa Cruz Sentinel, featuring our own board member Kym Lacrosse.

E-Bike Demo Day

Saturday, June 27, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Aptos Farmer’s Market, Cabrillo College

Is it hard to ride your bike to your home or job due to steep hills, heavy loads, or long distances? Bike Station Aptos is hosting an e-bike demo day on June 27 at the Cabrillo Farmer’s Market, giving you a chance to see if an electric bike is for you. Bikes from Currie Tech, Kalkhoff, and Focus will be available for demo. Come out and try an e-bike on those steep Cabrillo College campus hills!


Upcoming rides

We have a flurry of rides scheduled for the next several months.

  • Monday, July 20, Contigo
  • Friday, July 24, Walnut Avenue Womens Center
  • Saturday, August 8, Family Ride Day

For more information, please contact our ride coordinator at:
ride@tripsforkidssantacruz.org

See our calendar for other upcoming rides.


Request a ride for your group

We have many open regular ride dates scheduled in our calendar on the first and third Saturdays of the month. Other dates are possible by request. If you have a group of kids that you would like to take mountain biking, request a ride through our website.


Give a kid the opportunity of a lifetime

Donating to Trips for Kids Santa Cruz changes lives through the mountain biking experience. As an all-volunteer organization, your donations go directly to benefit kids.

We accept bikes, tubes, tires, water bottles, first aid kits, and any other mountain bike related necessities. Please Contact Us to arrange a donation of in-kind items.

Of course, we accept monetary donations, as well! Checks made payable to “Trips for Kids Santa Cruz” may be sent to:

T4KSC
758 Rio Del Mar Blvd
Aptos, CA 95003