TRIANGLE BIKEWORKS INC

Transforming Lives One Revolution At A Time

aka Spoke'n Revolutions Youth Cycling   |   Carrboro, NC   |  http://www.trianglebikeworks.org/

Mission

To strengthen the power of youth who are Black, Latine, Indigenous, Asian, and People Of Color to overcome challenges, achieve audacious goals, and discover their true selves. TBW is a youth development organization that provides youth of color with fun, challenging, history-based experiences on bikes. Our programs provide experiential learning and context to achievements made by people of color unlike anything they'll experience in traditional classroom settings.

Ruling year info

2014

CEO

Kevin Hicks

Main address

117 West Main Street

Carrboro, NC 27510 USA

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Formerly known as

Spoke'n Revolutions Youth Cycling

EIN

46-1229632

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Single Organization Support (O11)

Business, Youth Development (O53)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Triangle Bikeworks serves middle and high-school aged students located in the Triangle region. Our organization began as an attempt to offer programming and activities to students who may fall victim to the achievement and opportunity gaps within school systems. The TBW Community Profile document (https://drive.google.com/file/d/14v8hOtyxosqSxAiYr6y7rmLS4BEk6QFn/view) shows the disproportionality between white students and students who are racial minorities, specifically Black and Latine students, when it comes to test scores (biology, reading and math) and graduation rates. Please see the referenced document for data and data sources.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Spoke'n Revolutions Youth Cycling

Spoke'n Revolutions Youth Cycling (SnR) is the flagship program of Triangle Bikeworks involving high school youth cyclists. The program utilizes cycling as a gateway to youth development and leadership training for under-served youth in the Triangle area (currently Chapel Hill/Carrboro and soon Durham). Since 2011 under the SnR program, 19 high school age boys and girls have completed three summer bike tours, each covering almost 1000 miles, transforming the lives of our youth cyclists in positive ways.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Economically disadvantaged people

The biking summer camps are designed to lower the achievement gap by continuing the youth's education via experiential learning.

The youth will be introduced and engaged in several facets of cycling every day.

In our introductory bike riding camp we do it all, including:
Bicycle Tuneup
Bicycle Commuting
Mountain Biking
Cyclocross
Bicycle Touring with an overnight stay

We think your child will have an adventure worth talking about as they safely explore bike paths, forests and trails.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of donations made by board members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents

Related Program

Spoke'n Revolutions Youth Cycling

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Reduced numbers in prior years due to rebuilding board in 2020

Number of students who value social harmony

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents

Related Program

Spoke'n Revolutions Youth Cycling

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of donors retained

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Spoke'n Revolutions Youth Cycling

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of donors continuing to support organization

Number of youth who demonstrate that they have developed social skills (e.g., interpersonal communication, conflict resolution)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Ethnic and racial groups, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Spoke'n Revolutions Youth Cycling

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of youth who demonstrate that they have developed skills and attitudes to make physical activity a habit

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Spoke'n Revolutions Youth Cycling

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of youth who demonstrate that they have developed cultural competence

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Spoke'n Revolutions Youth Cycling

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of youth who demonstrate that they have developed a strong sense of self

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Spoke'n Revolutions Youth Cycling

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of youth who demonstrate leadership skills (e.g., organizing others, taking initiative, team-building)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Spoke'n Revolutions Youth Cycling

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of program graduates

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Ethnic and racial groups, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Spoke'n Revolutions Youth Cycling

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of customers reporting satisfaction with program

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Ethnic and racial groups, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Spoke'n Revolutions Youth Cycling

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

these numbers include students and parents

Number of youth who model positive behaviors for peers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Ethnic and racial groups, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Spoke'n Revolutions Youth Cycling

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, People of African descent, People of Southeast Asian descent, People of South American descent, Low-income people

Related Program

Spoke'n Revolutions Youth Cycling

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of youth who volunteer/participate in community service

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Multiracial people, People of African descent, People of South American descent

Related Program

Spoke'n Revolutions Youth Cycling

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Hours of physical activity performed by clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, People of African descent, American Indians, People of Southeast Asian descent, People of South American descent

Related Program

Spoke'n Revolutions Youth Cycling

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The work of TBW can be classified as justice work as it builds self-worth, self-determination, and self-efficacy in youth that leads to liberation and ultimately works towards systems-level changes. Our programs lead youth to discover the untold histories of BIPOC people that are left out of schools and history books whether with intention or not. Teaching youth about the gifts, sacrifice, and struggle of historical figures of their culture provides the necessary background knowledge to overcome inappropriate stereotypes and builds cultural confidence.

Our programs address climate change and environmental justice issues that disproportionately affect communities of color and help students take individual and group action to support their community through environmental projects.

For many reasons, the Covid-19 pandemic has made it clear why our work is important to the community. For one, a girl that graduated from Orange High School, Kizzmekia Corbett, went on to lead the team that discovered the formula that will vaccinate millions of people worldwide against the COVID-19 virus. Every youth and every voice is important and no one should be intentionally oppressed or silenced. The way Dr. Corbett was recognized as early as fourth grade should be the rule and not the exception. There are too many youth of color who are tracked and considered low performing, never to rise above that low expectation.

Triangle Bikeworks seeks to reverse the effects of low confidence and low self-esteem, that can begin as early as third grade, by giving youth the opportunities to set personal and collective goals that they are able to achieve. The fact that our youth have traveled anywhere from 150-750 miles under their own power from the seat of a bike, either as a middle school or high school student, is an accomplishment that no one can take away from them.

Just now America is awaking to the economic burden of racist behavior and racial inequities. Current statistics estimate economic losses in the trillions of dollars due to racism. This work is necessary to ensure youth are offered the opportunity to have fulfilling experiences that work against negative societal expectations; that work against internalized limitations; that opens the mind by teaching techniques to obtain answers to questions that only they have; that provides them access to the beauty and wonder of the outdoors and the reasons to protect them. This is our theory of how they will become re-engaged in their educational journey and light the world with their unique abilities.

We work to bring what the youth already possess to the light for them and all to see. To compel them to be more than they currently think or know they are.

To do this Triangle Bikeworks utilizes multiple modalities to give Black, Latine, Indigenous and youth of color the tools to thrive and grow despite opposition they may face in their young lives. We use cycling as a tool to build confidence, self-determination, agency, and a sense of belonging in a world that seeks to minimize or erase them.

Exposure to unfiltered history of America builds the background knowledge to combat stereotypes and negative expectations. Experiential learning is the “glue" that ensures these lessons stick. Cycling as a team builds a spirit of collaboration, interdependence, and compassion that youth will need to recognize their full humanity and potential.

While we recognize that all youth can benefit from these experiences, we are specifically targeting Black, Latine, Indigenous, and other youth of color. Because our particular focus is young people who have limited options for enrichment, our organization serves as the bridge between their genius and opportunity.

We see the bike as an appropriate and approachable tool for youth development. For many, it was the first vehicle to provide freedom, independence, and adventure. On the bike, youth can easily set and accomplish personal goals which builds confidence with every mile completed.

The program exists to counter the negative messages and lessons students receive in the education system with activities that strengthen youth to be more resilient and successful. Over the years, Triangle Bikeworks has continued to innovate with unique curriculums and programming designed to counter the effects of racism and stereotypes that our students face.

Our Founder/Executive Director, Kevin Hicks, is an African American father of eight children. He spent years advocating for his children and other BIPOC youth in the Chapel Hill Carrboro City School system and understands the educational challenges youth and their families face. Kevin is skilled at navigating the complexities of mentoring BIPOC youth at one of the most crucial developmental times in their lives and is experienced at leading and training staff to lead antiracist youth programming.

Our Program Manager, Itza Salazar, is a young adult Latina and an original member of the Triangle Bikeworks' Spoke'n Revolutions program. She has a degree in human services with a concentration in childhood and adolescent development, and family dynamics. Her history with the program, her REI (Racial Equity Institute) and DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) training, and her experience doing this and other antiracist work with youth makes her uniquely qualified to do this work.

Our first summer tour in 2011, the Underground Railroad, informed us that our program was much more than biking and the great distances traveled. It was clear to the youth on that tour that they were missing huge pieces of American history.
Since 2011 we have created and completed the following unique summer tours and their accompanying curriculums (tour names are unique to Triangle Bikeworks):
Buffalo Soldier/Lewis and Clark - Council Bluffs, IA to Crescent City, CA
Blues & Jazz Tour (the roots of popular music) - New Orleans, LA to St. Louis, MO
King2King (King Historic site to King Memorial) - Atlanta, GA to Washington, DC
Paat ta Freedum (Gullah Geechee tour) - Wilmington, NC to St. Augustine, FL
Trail of Tears - Nashville, TN to Tahlequah, OK
Bikes, Water & Soul (Soul City, NC) - traveling the state of NC from Durham to the coast and back through historic Soul City, NC.

In 2019, TBW added year-round programming with the Excursions Program that provides afterschool and weekend programs to prepare middle and high school youth to successfully complete journey-based 3-day cycling experiences. In all TBW programs, students learn experientially about environmental awareness and the history of BIPOC people.

In 2021, TBW is starting a NICA (National Interscholastic Cycling Association) composite mountain bike team, the Triangle Youth Mountain Bike Racing (TYMBR) Wolves, to serve BIPOC youth. This program will appeal to youth who are not interested in road cycling and are more attracted to off-road adventure.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    BIPOC youth

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Instituted a book study. Modified training plans and increased excursions.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Makes all feel welcome and heard.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is hard to come up with good questions to ask people,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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TRIANGLE BIKEWORKS INC

Board of directors
as of 6/15/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Brendan Heitz

UNC

Term: 2016 - 2019

Brendan Heitz

UNC

Lisa Nelson

Boice-Wills Clinic

Cosby Dudley

Great Clips

Joshua Hughly

Alex Semilof

Abeo Hicks

Spoke'n Revolution Youth

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/03/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/23/2020

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Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.