Ride BC & TFK Vancouver Announce Partnership for 2016

on Jul 10 in Events, News

Ride BC

To see the Pinkbike announcement go here

 

Mountain biking is the best sport in the world – there’s really no argument. The reasons are many: it’s a thrill, a challenge, a passion and great therapy. I think I speak for many in the mountain bike community when I say we’d struggle without our bikes.

 

As much as the sport has done for us, there’s no denying there’s a major barrier to entry that we’ve accepted as a necessary evil. I’m talking about the growing financial cost. As our bikes and equipment become ever more complex and high performing, prices don’t hesitate to keep pace.

 

So what’s my point? I’m afraid we’re excluding more and more kids and families from experiencing the freedom that only mountain bikes can provide. Enter Trips For Kids, a San Francisco based international charity with 85 branches including one based in Vancouver. 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.

 

This is the 16th summer Trips For Kids Vancouver has been taking kids for rides on the North Shore and neighbouring networks, and it’s the first summer that rides are being offered to local kids in Squamish.

 

This is also the first year of a strong partnership between Trips For Kids and Ride BC, a Squamish mountain bike guiding company! For the remainder of the 2016 season, 100% of Ride BC profit will go directly to Trips For Kids. If you’ve ever dreamed riding the infamous Squamish trails like a local, Ride BC can make it happen. And you can shred with an even bigger smile knowing that your hard earned dollars are working to bring mountain biking to kids who wouldn’t otherwise get to experience the joy it brings.

 

To book at a ride with Ride BC visit Ride BC

Hiring for 2016 Ride Coordinator

on May 23 in Events, News

We are hiring for a 2016 Ride Coordinator. Please go here for more information!

Ride Coordinator

 

Announcing the 2015 Trips for Kids Vancouver Enduro Team!

on May 14 in Events, News

Trips for Kids Vancouver is launching possibly the world’s first community-supported Enduro Team! You’ll see us at the NSMBA Fivers, BC and Sea to Sky Enduro series races, and a few others. Our team is all about having fun and rallying the local MTB community’s support around TFK to ensure Trips for Kids Vancouver has at least another 15 years ahead!

 

In 2015 we will be celebrating our 15th anniversary of providing free access to Vancouver’s outdoor for youth with barriers. Major Milestone. We are a volunteer run organization founded to provide access to Vancouver’s great outdoors for youth.

 

All team members are “Riding for TFK” to fundraise in support of TFK. You can support anyone using the link below:

 

Click here to donate to a rider!

 

We have some extra jerseys if anyone else is interested in joining.

 

We are currently up to nine committed riders for 2015 with a number of men capable of cracking the top 20 at any NSMBA Fiver and a couple real fast ladies too! All weekend warriors and all riding for fun though. We got one rider representing at the Crankworx Enduro who actually managed to secure a spot in first 30 seconds of registration!

 

We need the local MTB community to support TFK to ensure its future! That’s why we started the team so help spread the word.

 

Since 2001 we have provided access to Vancouver’s great outdoors to over 3000 youth with barriers via our mountain bike excursion adventures that get kids out of the city and into nature – free of charge.

Dowbeat Returns for TFK’s 15th Year. Get your Tickets!

on May 14 in Events, News

2015 is TFKV’s 15th anniversary providing access to the outdoors for youth with barriers in Vancouver! To celebrate we are bringing back our infamous Downbeat fundraiser with beats by DJ Early B and slideshows by Jordan Manley and Donovan Mahoney. This will be our 9th Downbeat event after a four-year hiatus and is TFK’s coming out party within the Sea to Sky Mountain Bike Community.

Get your Tickets!

 

Hiring Staff for Summer 2014!

on Apr 10 in Events, News

Hiring for Summer Ride Coordinator and Summer Ride Leader positions.

See job postings below

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO: FRIDAY, APRIL 26TH (4pm)

TFK Ride Coordinator 2014

TFK Ride Leader 2014

 

Trips for Kids Hiring for 2013 Summer Rides Program

on Feb 24 in Events, News

We are hiring for the 2013 Summer Rides Season! We are looking to hire post-secondary-aged staff for the Program Coordinator and Ride Coordinator positions, as well as two high-school aged staff for our Ride Leader positions. Details below! 

Job Title: Program Coordinator & Ride Coordinator
Reports to: Board of Directors
Employment Term: Temporary Full-Time – May 13th – Aug 23rd
Compensation: Per Hour plus vacation pay at 4% –Hourly Wage Competitive and Dependent on Experience    
Hours: 30-35 hours per week –May-June                                                                                                    35-40 hours per week – July-August
Start Date: May 13th, 2013 – Start Date Funding Dependent
End Date: Aug 23rd, 2013

 

Job Purpose 

The Program Coordinator for TFKV will be primarily responsible for managing and executing the 2013 spring and summer rides program, as well as facilitating, leading and organizing rides with partner youth agencies and community centers. The Ride Coordinator will assist in the implementation and delivery of the Trips for Kids spring and summer rides programs. Specific tasks are diverse and engaging, and may vary depending on the initiative and abilities of the applicant.

 

Duties and Responsibilities – Program Coordinator

  • Securely manage incoming budgets, funds, and financial reporting
  • Implement, and evaluate Summer Rides Program
  • Foster relationships with current and potential community partners
  • Connect with Partner schools, community centers and youth agencies to develop rides schedule
  • Develop new partnerships with community youth organizations and like-minded cycling organizations
  • Participate in all scheduled rides, bookings and events
  • Develop and facilitate Youth Leaders Club
  • Plan and coordinate learning themes, components and activities
  • Share knowledge of mountain biking skills and trail etiquette
  • Create a safe, friendly and fun environment for all ride participants 
  • Prepare weekly or bi-weekly program and expense reports to the Board of Directors

Duties and Responsibilities – Ride Coordinator 

  • Assist in the development and implementation of the rides schedule for both the spring and summer programs
  • Participate in all scheduled rides, bookings and events
  • Assist Board of Directors with various administrative duties
  • Maintain bicycles, and all applicable program equipment
  • Coordinate nutritional needs for program participants
  • Coordinate transportation of participants and gear
  • Share knowledge of  biking skills and trail etiquette 
  • Create a safe, friendly and fun environment for all ride participants 
  • Foster relationships with current and potential community partners
  • Assist in facilitating and developing Youth Leaders Club
  • Assist with various other administrative duties as needed
  • Plan and coordinate learning themes, components and activities
  • Share knowledge of mountain biking skills and trail etiquette
  • Create a safe, friendly and fun environment for all ride participants 
  • Transport partner and community youth and leaders in safe manner in the 15 Passenger Van
  • Maintain and repair the Trips for Kids Bike Fleet
  • Safeguard and Protect the Trips for Kids Bike Fleet

Mandatory Qualifications

  • Valid Class 4 BC Drivers License
  • Current First Aid and CPR certification 
  • A criminal record check is  mandatory
  • Must be full-time student (at least 3 full-time courses in each semester of last school year) at accredited post secondary institution, planning to return to school in fall
  • Must be 29 years of age or under in order to qualify for Service  Canada salary funding
  • Intermediate to Advanced Mountain Bike Riding and Mechanic Skills

Other Qualifications 

  • Previous experience facilitating youth, especially in outdoor recreation-skills based environment is an asset
  • Previous experience teaching or coaching youth in sports or team environment is an asset
  • Previous experience in program coordinator role is an asset

 Organization Description

In the spring of 2001, Trips for Kids Vancouver became the first Canadian chapter of a non-profit organization that started in Marin County, California in 1986. Trips for Kids mandate is to take kids biking and prepare them for life. Our organization’s aim is to provide access to the outdoors for inner city youth with a number of barriers – social, cultural, economic and geographic. We are run by a volunteer board of directors are  searching for summer staff who share our same passion.   

Summer Rides Program Description

2013 will be Trips for Kids 13th Summer Rides Program in Vancouver.  The Program involves partnering with community centers, neighborhood houses and youth agencies in Central and East Vancouver to provide a structured mountain bike program with various agencies. Trips for Kids’ mandate is to take kids biking. In previous summers, we have created the opportunity for over 500 youth with barriers to accessing the outdoors each summer to participate in rides in Pacific Spirit Park, Seymour Demonstration Forest, Delta Watershed, Squamish and Whistler.     

Instructions for Applying

Please submit the following in one combined PDF file, in the following order, with a maximum limit of three pages: 

1)     Cover Letter (one page maximum)

2)     Resume (two page maximum)

Other Points: 

1)     Specifically reference your experience in regards to the mandatory and other qualifications above

2)     Include your contact information

3)     Specify if you are applying for Ride Coordinator or Program Coordinator position.

4)     We will be interviewing in Mid-April

Please submit your single PDF file via e-mail to: 

Andre Perret

Board of Directors

andre@tfkvancouver.org 

Job Title: Ride Leader
Reports to: Program Coordinator& Ride Coordinator
Employment Term: Temporary Full-Time – June 24th – Aug 23rd
Compensation: Per Hour plus vacation pay at 4% –$10.25/Hour    
Hours: 35-40 hours per week
Start Date: June 24th, 2013 – Start Date Funding Dependent
End Date: Aug 23rd, 2013

Job Background 

The Ride Leader position is specifically for high-school students who are looking for an opportunity to develop coaching, leadership and facilitation skills by assisting the Program Coordinator and Ride Coordinator in running the Summer Rides mountain biking program in July and August. The position is funding dependent and is expected to be fully funded by a grant from the Federal Canada Summer Jobs 2013 program:

http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/epb/yi/yep/programs/scpp.shtml 

The Ride Leader will assist in the implementation and delivery of the Trips for Kids spring and summer rides programs. Specific tasks are diverse and engaging, and may vary depending on the initiative and abilities of the applicant.

 Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Assist in the Program and Ride coordinator in managing the Summer Rides program
  • Participate in all scheduled rides, bookings and events
  • Assist Program and Ride Coordinator with various administrative duties
  • Maintain bicycles, and all applicable program equipment
  • Share knowledge of  biking skills and trail etiquette 
  • Create a safe, friendly and fun environment for all ride participants 
  • Assist Ride Coordinator in facilitating and developing Youth Leaders Club
  • Share knowledge of mountain biking skills and trail etiquette
  • Create a safe, friendly and fun environment for all ride participants 
  • Maintain and repair the Trips for Kids Bike Fleet
  • Safeguard and Protect the Trips for Kids Bike Fleet

Mandatory Qualifications (Can be obtained prior to employment start)

  • Current First Aid and CPR certification  (Can be obtained prior to employment start)
  • A criminal record check is  mandatory
  • Must be a high school student in grades 8-12 in preceding school year, can be recent grade 12 graduate planning on attending a certified post-secondary institution full time in Fall 2013
  • Must be 29 years of age or under in order to qualify for Service  Canada salary funding
  • Beginner to Intermediate Mountain Bike Riding and Mechanic Skills – purpose of position is to help develop these skills, so beginners are welcome to apply – you will learn a lot throughout the summer!

 Other Qualifications

  • Previous experience facilitating youth, especially in outdoor recreation-skills based environment is an asset
  • Previous experience teaching or coaching youth in sports or team environment is an asset
  • A positive attitude! 

Organization Description

In the spring of 2001, Trips for Kids Vancouver became the first Canadian chapter of a non-profit organization that started in Marin County, California in 1986. Trips for Kids mandate is to take kids biking and prepare them for life. Our organization’s aim is to provide access to the outdoors for inner city youth with a number of barriers – social, cultural, economic and geographic. We are run by a volunteer board of directors and are searching for summer staff who share our same passion.   

Summer Rides Program Description

2013 will be Trips for Kids 13th Summer Rides Program in Vancouver. The Program involves partnering with community centers, neighborhood houses and youth agencies in Central and East Vancouver to provide a structured mountain bike program with various agencies. Trips for Kids’ mandate is to take kids biking. In previous summers, we have created the opportunity for over 500 youth with barriers to accessing the outdoors to ride in Pacific Spirit Park, Seymour Watershed, Squamish and Whistler. 

Instructions for Applying

Please submit the following in one combined file, in the following order, with a maximum limit of three pages: 

1)     Cover Letter

2)     Resume 

Other Points:

1)     Indicate how you found our job posting

2)     Include contact information for any high school teacher/staff references

3)     Specifically reference your experience in regards to the mandatory and other qualifications above

4)     Include your contact information

5)     Specify if you are applying for the Ride Leader position in the opening paragraph of your cover letter (we are accepting applications for senior Program Coordinator and Ride Coordinator positions from post-secondary aged staff)

6)     We will be conducting interviews in Mid-April.  

Please submit your single file via e-mail to:

Andre Perret

Treasurer – Board of Directors

andre@tfkvancouver.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information go to www.tfkvancouver.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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