What We Do
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 and connect them with volunteer adult mentors.
What We Believe
Momentum Bike Clubs is a community initiative of the Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life at Clemson University. Building on IFNL’s core mission of strengthening ties between families and communities, Momentum 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. We also believe 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.