Momentum Bike Clubs provides group mentoring services based on principles of positive youth development to children who may have multiple risk factors. Started initially in 2004 as Building Dreams with a federally funded one-to-one program and helped along its way by a Riley Institute Diversity Leaders Initiative Capstone Service Project. We operate 9 clubs across Greenville County: Sterling (established in 2010), Berea Middle School (2012), Lakeview Middle School (2013), Challenge Team—road cycling (2013), Legacy Charter School (2014), Phillis Wheatley and Nicholtown Girl Power Clubs (2014), Northwest Middle School and Sullivan Street (2015). Our overarching goal is to develop close, supportive, mentoring relationships between trained adult volunteers and eligible young people.
What We Believe
Building on IFNL’s core mission of strengthening ties between families and communities,Momentum Bike Clubs is premised on the belief that children with multiple risk factors, including persistent poverty, parental incarceration, and/or instability in home life, are more likely to thrive when they live in communities that are inclusive and supportive of them and their caregivers. Unfortunately, too often the opposite is true. When families struggle with multiple challenges, they often become increasingly isolated within community settings. Children may have academic difficulties or other behavioral problems. Often they carry tremendous burdens as they cope with their families’ struggles.
In Momentum Bike Clubs, we strive to increase support within primary institutions (e.g., religious communities, schools, community resource centers) of children with multiple challenges. When these children and their caregivers are connected to others within the community, we believe that it is more likely that they will succeed academically and socially and that their caregivers will feel more confident in their parenting responsibilities.
Fundamental to creating a sense of community is establishing connections to caring, responsible and committed adults. To accomplish our goal of matching adult volunteers with eligible young people, Momentum Bike Clubs uses the AMACHI model of mentoring where secular and faith-based organizations work together to provide mentoring services.
Momentum Bike Clubs works with youth, ages 11-17, who are open to vigorous exercise and healthy peer and mentor relationships. With the assistance of local community-based partners, we recruit eligible youth with volunteer adult mentors. For more information on Momentum Bike Clubs, please contact David Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Momentum Bike Clubs is a partnership of Clemson University’s IFNL and state and local partners in South Carolina. We are also a part of the South Carolina Mentoring Coalition, an alliance of Mentoring Children of Prisoners grantees and Prison Fellowship/Angel Tree Ministries.
To learn more about our partners, click here.
For more information about Momentum, view our website (http://momentumbikeclubs.org) or contact us at:
Momentum Bike Clubs
Institute on Family & Neighborhood Life
225 South Pleasantburg Drive
Greenville, SC 29607
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