Julie Childers – Executive Director, Co-Founder
When my husband Pat and I realized that there were so many kids around who didn’t realize there were nearby nature trails or didn’t have access to local trails I knew we had to do something. I love biking – on the road, trails, stationery exercise – and it saddened us both to think kids couldn’t experience the thrills, joys, connectivity to nature, and downright fun exercise that comes from bicycling. So, in 2002 we started Trips for Kids Metro DC and realized that our programs exceeded the TFK program model. We changed the name of the organization in 2009 to TrailsforYouth.Org and it has taken off ever since. It now includes so many programs beyond biking and is a lifeline for some of the kids we work with. At the time we started the organization, I didn’t mountain bike at all. I liked to road ride, did a few centuries, but no way was I going to go over logs or ride whatever a “skinny” was. Turns out, it’s really fun. I still consider myself a beginner plus, I understand the release and effect trail rides have on the kids in our program. A second child in our family later and we are still growing this organization. Amazing stuff! When I’m not running the office of TYO, you may find me on the Wakefield or Accotink trails. I feel fortunate to help provide the opportunity that is so vital to many kids in our area. We truly are teaching kids to overcome obstacles on the trail and in life! Join us on the adventure.
Pat Childers – Co-Founder, Member of the Board, Key Volunteer, Mentor, and Coach
Pat has been leading kids’ events for over 2 decades. He has helped thousands of kids experience the joys and thrills of trail riding, bike safety, and fishing. He is passionate about instilling the love of nature in the next generation. If you are at a TYO event, then you have met Pat, we simply put, could not do all that we do without his leadership, coaching, guidance, and overall infectious enthusiasm for being outdoors.
Ken Scott – Ride Leader, Master Bike Technician, and Mentor
Ken is the TYO go-to for TYO all things bike mechanics. Ken is an original Board Member and long-term Ride Leader. Alongside Pat, he has helped thousands of kids experience the excitement of log crossings, riding the skinny trail, and all things mountain bike. He has taught hundreds of kids how to change a tire, look where they want to go, and always calmly lead the ride.