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Momentum Bike Clubs

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.

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 dtaylor@clemson.edu.

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. Building Dreams is a partnership of IFNL and state-wide and local partners in South Carolina.  Building Dreams is also a part of the South Carolina Mentoring Coalition, an alliance of MCP grantees and Prison Fellowship/Angel Tree Ministries.  Our partners include the following:

South Carolina Mentoring Coalition

Institute on Family & Neighborhood Life (IFNL), Clemson University

We Stand for Kids, 403 S. Jefferson Ave., Anderson, SC  29624;

SHARE Head Start (Sunbelt Human Advancement Resources, Inc.), 652 Rutherford Rd., Greenville, SC 29609

Prison Fellowship/Angel Tree Ministries, P.O. Box 2091, West Columbia, SC  29171

Local Partners

Anderson County

New Holly Light Missionary Baptist Church, P.O. Box 626, Sandy Springs, SC 29677

Charleston County

P. I. N. K. H. O. U. S. E., 1551 Mulberry St. Charleston, SC 29407

Clarendon County

Clarendon County Ministerial Alliance, P.O. Box 1234, Manning, SC 29102

Greenville County

Augusta Road United Methodist Church, 8324 Augusta Rd., Pelzer, SC, 29669

Bethlehem Baptist Church, 4 Harrison Bridge Rd., Simpsonville, 29681

Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 206 Moore St., Simpsonville, SC  29681

Discover Church, 505 S. Main St., Mauldin, SC 29662

Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 2240 Woodruff Rd., Simpsonville, SC 29681

Reedy River Missionary Baptist Church, P.O. Box 676, Mauldin, SC 29607

Shady Grove Baptist Church, 140 Shady Grove Rd., Pelzer, SC 29669

Valley Brook Community Outreach Church, 8323 Augusta Rd., Pelzer, SC 29669

Westside Church, P.O. Box 784, 611 Richardson St., Simpsonville, SC 29680

Lexington/Richland counties

Brookland Baptist Church, 1066 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia, SC 29169

Spartanburg County

Breakthrough Outreach Ministries, 235 E. Blackstock Rd., Spartanburg, SC  29301

Sumter County

Sumter Citizens, P.O. Box 1465, Sumter, SC 29151

Momentum Bike Clubs
Institute on Family & Neighborhood Life
Clemson University
225 South Pleasantburg Drive
Suite E3
Greenville, SC  29607
Phone:  864-250-4667
E-mail:  dtaylor@clemson.edu
http://momentumbikeclubs.org