The Trail Blazer September 9

Trips for Kids Chapter Newsletter

Week of September 9, 2019

In this issue:


Former Chattanooga youth participants enjoying ride.


Trips for Kids Chattanooga was founded in September of 2012 and offered our signature Discovery Trail Rides program. In 2015, the chapter began experiencing some struggles which caused their rides to cease operation.

When Trips for Kids National was formed back in 2017, we noticed the chapter had become inactive and contacted their director, Brenna Kelly, to find out why and see what they wanted to do.

"After exchanging a few emails and then having a few phone conversations with Brenna, I knew that all this chapter really needed was time to figure out their direction . To have them close down without understanding what they were going through and what they really wanted to accomplish which was to ultimately offer rides again was not the answer," reflected Amy Carver. "Brenna did not want to give up on hope of getting their rides in motion once again.

We decided we would do periodic check-ins to see how things were going." Sometimes the check-ins resulted in no real updates, but they would schedule another call together. Amy shares, "For me, it came down to Brenna's willingness to communicate exactly what was going on, her honesty and her determination. It was not IF they would ride again, it was really more about when they would."

Due to Brenna's persistence and dedication to get kids on bikes in Tennessee, we are overjoyed to announce that after a three year hiatus, Trips for Kids Chattanooga will commence their rides under their fiscal sponsor Southeast Conservation Corps beginning the week of September 16.

"To see Brenna's email asking to talk about next steps to becoming fully active again actually made me tear up," said Amy.

We LOVE happy new beginnings and are thrilled to share this good news with the rest of the Trips for Kids family. 

Way to go Trips for Kids Chattanooga!


Is your chapter struggling?

We all know struggles occur. It is a part of life. Over the course of the past 31 years some chapters have had to make tough decisions which resulted in closing their chapter doors. There are many reasons this can happen ranging from loss of fiscal sponsor, to lack of funding, to limited volunteer support, to getting messaging out to the community and more! 

During a time when a chapter experiences a challenge, we want to make sure we do

everything we can to assist you in exhausting all avenues before you have to make a final determination to cease operations. If you find yourself in a similar position, please reach-out to us to give us the opportunity to help. It's about finding solutions together.




Trips for Kids Metro New York advertisement.

Trips for KidsCharlotte advertisement.


Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day (TAKMBD) was conceived back in 2004 by the International Mountain Biking Association to encourage cyclists to share the sport with the younger generation. The event has evolved over the years to not just focus on mountain biking, but all forms of bicycling.

Since we have chapters all over North America, every chapter has their own unique area(s) they like to ride with many of those locations NOT including mountains. Most of us still use the tried and true mountain bicycle for our programming no matter where we are riding.

Holding a TAKMBD event is a wonderful opportunity to share the love of riding with new folks from your community and also introduce more local leaders to the good work you are doing. Don't be afraid to extend an invitation to ride to your mayor, city officials and even local reporters. They may not actually ride with you, but you never know who may show up to see what you are doing.

This year, team members from our sponsor CST Tires will actually be attending Charlotte's TAKMBD event to witness their program first-hand. It is possible we may have future visits from other sponsors that are located near your chapter.

Can't ride ON Saturday, October 5? Pick another day in October to celebrate. Some cycling advocates host a varity of riding events all month long.

It's not to late to celebrate this years special day by planning a ride! We know some of you are already getting the word out about your events for Saturday, October 5.

Below are events that other chapters are holding on October 5.

Trips for Kids Charlotte TAKMBD


Trips for Kids Marin TAKMBD

Trips for Kids Metro New York TAKMBD


Please email Amy at to make her aware of your riding plans for October.




Celebrated on the following Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday; Giving Tuesday is a global social media donation day that "kicks-off" the holiday giving season.

If your chapter relies on donations and has a presence on social media, you'll want to begin laying the groundwork for your "Giving Tuesday" ask. To learn more about Giving Tuesday, visit THIS LINK. To participate, you will want to register your organization HERE

There are a plethora of resources available on their website for review. If you need more personal assistance regarding how to approach this day, please email Amy at to schedule a time to discuss.



Access all 2019 chapter newsletters and updates by visiting HERE.




05: National Teacher's Day and International Day of Charity

08: International Literacy Day

26: Memories of Marilyn stories, video messages or birthday wishes due



12:      Bernie Rupe

          Trips for Kids Chicago Voyagers

16:     Cary Huggins     

          Trips for Kids Midcoast Maine

Is your birthday in September, but not displayed above? Please contact Amy with your birth month and day (the year is not necessary to share, we're all kids' at heart!)


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