Teen Trail Corps

Teen Trail Corps is a new national strategic initiative by NICA and IMBA to directly incorporate the youth in tomorrow’s future of trail stewardship. Since 2010, IMBA and NICA partnered on a campaign known as the Spirit of Howdy. While this was the right thing to do at that time; the campaign has seen the likes of what early retirement means. In 2015 the Spirit of Howdy campaign will get a fresh start with a flashy new image known as the Teen Trail Corps.

Teen Trail Corps (TTC) members demonstrate respect, empathy and compassion towards fellow trail users and the environment. TTC members may be called upon by IMBA/NICA to help with focused advocacy and stewardship efforts in various regions around the country, in addition to helping educate fellow student-athletes during the race season.

Teen Trail Corps mission sees young adults leading a movement encouraging and promoting trail advocacy, land stewardship and courteous and respectful use of trails.

Teen Trail Corps core values help to guide their efforts, interactions and decisions to always do the right thing on the trail to help improve the perception of mountain bikers for generations. Friendly interaction between bikers and non-bikers will create positive goodwill that helps gain access to more trails. And last it starts with NICA’s student-athletes, but is a rallying cry for all trail users to want to create a sense of community on the trails and ensure continued access to our public land uses.

  • Respect- student-athletes learn to respect other trail users and the natural surfaces upon which they ride.

  • Empathy- student-athletes learn to empathize with those who don’t ride and perceive bicycles as being dangerous.

  • Compassion- student-athletes learn compassion for other trail users and their desire to have an enjoyable trail experience.

Teen Trail Corps advocacy framework is built around four IMBA Icons developed to help fulfill IMBA’s mission. Earning each of the following badges will boost TTC members to a level of excellence known as a “Trail Captain”. Trail Captains will be eligible for recognition at the NICA Annual Awards Banquet as well as overall series leaders in advocacy efforts through your regular high school racing season.

Trail Captain Badges:

  • Speak- create a powerful voice by teaching their peers and representing youth when discussing trails, public lands and policies that are bike friendly for a future that considers a healthy active lifestyle.

  • Build- a strong body and mind by engaging in the stewardship and construction of environmentally sustainable and responsible trail building.

  • Respect- understanding appropriate trail etiquette and the ability to demonstrate and educate respect for other trail users and the natural settings where we ride.

  • Ride- inspiring others to experience a healthy active lifestyle while exploring the outdoors by bike.

Teen Trail Corps will seek to raise awareness and develop the next generation of cyclists through leadership and plug them into conservation efforts and provide them the tools to educate their peers on what it means to be a good mountain bike advocate.

Social Media: #teentrailcorps

Want to get involved?

Contact: Austin McInerny @ austin@nationalmtb.org

Aimee Ross @ aimee.ross@imba.com

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