We are cultivators of “Aha!” moments and believers in natural curiosity.
Since our inception in 2003, Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U) has been dedicated to providing inspiring experiences for the youth of New Bedford. We believe that youth represent amazing untapped potential, and the key to realizing this potential is responding to their natural curiosity about the world around them.
Founded in 2003 as Trips for Kids by a fierce social worker, our mission has always been to broaden perspectives through transformative opportunities. Our founders recognized the need for guidance and support beyond the home and classroom, and so with a few bikes, a renovation and determination, Trips for Kids began!
Our home base since has been the Victory Park Warming House on Brock Ave. and our playground is wherever our bikes and imaginations can take us! Despite inhabiting an area of impressive natural and cultural abundance, many children don’t often experience the bounty and beauty of our historic, seaside home. We thus began in the early days with bike rides around the peninsula, exploring Fort Tabor, and playing at the old “Poor Farm”.
From the outset we’ve dedicated ourselves to creating opportunities that respond to youth interest. So when participants began requesting to use bike tools in the evenings, “Bike Shop” came to be! Then one rainy day and a few smoothies later our Food for Thought program was born. Our most recent addition, the Children’s Garden, was born of an interesting story beginning with guerilla gardening and the tomato-induced exclamation, “Let’s plant some!”
12 years after the founding of Trips for Kids New Bedford, we followed our intuition and became independent non-profit, Youth Opportunities Unlimited, highlighting the breadth of depth of our work with youth. From bikes and kayaks to our imaginations and own two feet, these are the tools of exploration, discovery and adventure at Y.O.U. The specifics of what we do evolves in response to the youth that we learn with and through, but we remain dedicated to how we do what we do. We are a small non-profit making a big impact in the lives of New Bedford youth!
Whether you see us on our bikes or are passing by the Warming House, come get to know us and become a part of our story.