Outdoor Outreach 2016 Annual Report

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Outdoor Outreach

Annual Report

2016

Photo credit: John Cocozza Photography


A LETTER FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

At Outdoor Outreach, we inspire young people to

conquer their fears, believe in themselves, and

pursue their dreams. Through joy-filled activities like surfing,

climbing, and mountain biking, our participants safely explore

vulnerability, risk and responsibility —factors that are critical for

healthy youth development. For some, our programs help them become

more resilient in the face of trauma; for others, we help build confidence

and connections they need to achieve in school and at work. For

all of our participants, Outdoor Outreach is a way to connect to

something greater than themselves.

Many of the youth we serve grow up with messages of what they can’t

do or be. Now more than ever, Outdoor Outreach’s innovative work is

necessary to help open a world of possibility and opportunity to

vulnerable and at-risk youth.

In 2016, we increased our programs by nearly 20% as compared to

2015. Our growth and impact would not be possible without our

dedicated staff, community partners, and committed donors. I am

excited to see what we can accomplish together in 2017.

2016 Number of Programs by Type

Parks & Beaches

Surfing

Other

Gear Fitting & Basecamp

Training

40

5

31

57

14

37

14

Rock Climbing

Leadership Training and Advocacy

27

44 30

Kayaking

Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Mountain Biking

Snowboarding

Hiking / Backpacking / Camping

Yoga

14

52

67

54

Environmental Education &

Stewardship

Sincerely,

Ben McCue

Executive Director

Total Programs by Year

2016

2015

391

486

2014

367

2013

303

Total Individual Youth Served

2016

2015

2014

2013

1,513

1,244

1,046

1,028

OUTDOOR OUTREACH THEORY OF CHANGE

• Exposing youth to a safe, joyful and natural

environment

• Engaging in physically, emotionally, and mentally

challenging outdoor activities

• Developing positive relationships with

supportive peers & mentors

POSITIVE ATTITUDE CHANGE

• Cultivating open mindedness

• Improving self-image

• Understanding that there are choices

• Seeing the world from a different view

• Developing hope, respect, confidence,

and responsibility


PLAY AND LEARN

BEHIND THE LENS WITH PHOTOGRAPHER

DREW MCGILL

“Choosing to volunteer with Outdoor Outreach was a no brainer for me.

I wanted to be able to capture how important it is for these kids to be

able to connect with positive mentors, while learning new skills or

testing their limits in the outdoors.

It’s difficult to select one moment or one image to sum up my

experience working with Outdoor Outreach. For me, it’s about

connecting with the kids and getting them excited about doing new

things, cheering on a new friend going up a wall for the first time, or

giving a high five just to share your stoke.

This image (right) clearly showcases one of many inspiring moments

I’ve had with Outdoor Outreach. Miriam, the OO instructor in the red

shirt, was offering such positive words of encouragement to the

climbers, while in the foreground two students are talking about their

last climb and what a rush it was. Sometimes it’s hard to imagine this

may be their first time ever rock climbing. It just gets me so stoked to

go on another adventure.”

2016 School and Youth-Serving Organization Partners

DAVID & ALLYN JOHNSTON |

GIVING THE GIFT OF THE GREAT OUTDOORS

Photo credit: Drew McGill

Any Body Can Youth

Foundation

Barrio Logan College

Institute

The Blue Heart

Foundation

California National

Guard

Casa de Amistad

Center on Policy

Initiatives

Chaparral High School

Community Housing

Works

County of San Diego

Department of Parks

and Recreation: Lakeside

and Spring Valley

Teen Centers

Crawford High School

El Cajon Valley High

School

Girls Rising

Gompers Preparatory

Academy

Ground Works

Interfaith Community

Services

Jerusalem Foundation

Juvenile Court and

Community Schools

Keiller Leadership

Academy

King Chavez Community

High School

Lincoln High School

The Monarch School

Monte Vista High

School

Mount Miguel High

School

North County Lifeline

Club Crown Heights

Orfalea Foundation

The O’Farrell Charter

School

Project A.W.A.R.E.

San Diego Show

Allstars

San Elijo Lagoon

Conservancy- Ecology

Club

San Pasqual Academy

San Ysidro Health

Center- FLEXX

Program

South Bay Community

Services:

Chula Vista Promise

Neighborhood

South Bay Community

Services:

EXCEL Program

St. Vincent de Paul

Village

David and Allyn Johnston found Outdoor Outreach through a benefit

event at their climbing gym almost 10 years ago. It struck a chord.

Says David, “I am a school teacher, and used to work at a school where

kids didn’t have the opportunity to do outdoor activities… Going to the

beach or mountains isn’t something that all kids can do on a regular

basis. We were really impressed with Outdoor Outreach.”

Since 2008, the Johnstons’ generous support has provided 10 local

hikes at Torrey Pines, Mission Trails and more, giving more than 100

teens the opportunity to find and apply their strengths, and develop a

new narrative of what they can do an be. What keeps the Johnstons

coming back? “To see kids outside, smiling having a great time,” says

David. “It’s really about the opportunity - to give kids opportunities

they otherwise wouldn’t have.”

BEHAVIORAL CHANGE

• Becoming more open to help & outside assistance

• Asking for help when needed & helping others

• Trusting others

• Setting goals

RESPONSIBLE AND HEALTHY

ADULTS

• Becoming a responsible citizen

• Improving academic achievement

• Engaging in post-secondary education

• Obtaining a job

• Environmental stewardship


SERVE AND SHARE

FACES OF OUTDOOR OUTREACH |SAMEER AZIMI

MEET OUR TEAM| JUAN ALVAREZ

Sameer graduated from Outdoor Outreach’s Leadership Program in 2015. Now a

part-time instructor at OO, Sameer finds joy in helping other refugee youth realize

possibility and opportunity in their lives.

“My family and I came to the United States from Kabul 12 years ago to

escape the Taliban. My mom didn’t know any English when we arrived

in the U.S. She wore a hijab for a while, but after someone attacked her

and pulled it off, it scared her so much that she stopped wearing it. At 7

years old I was translating legal documents for my dad to get a visa. He

was able to join us in the U.S. 8 years later.

I found Outdoor Outreach at my high school in El Cajon. I graduated

with honors, but was struggling to find a part-time job. No one wanted

to give me a chance. But Outdoor Outreach gave me a job. Perhaps the

most rewarding part is that I get to go back to my school and see so

many kids like me.

What strikes me the most is how much they appreciate the world of

possibility that can be found in this country. The sense of relief and

freedom is indescribable. I wish fear didn’t drive people’s perception of

refugees. We are just normal people.”

FUELING OUR ADVENTURES IN 2016

20,800 Granola Bars

Juan Alvarez knows what it takes to

make Outdoor Outreach run like

a well-oiled machine. He’s been

doing it for over 10 years.

When Juan joined Outdoor

Outreach in 2004 as one of the

first-ever Leadership Program

participants, the organization was

running out of founder Chris

Rutgers’ garage, with nothing but

climbing gear, a few surfboards, a

couple sleeping bags, and a tent.

Today, as Outdoor Outreach’s Logistics Coordinator, Juan manages

two warehouse storage units full of surfboards, paddles, helmets and

much more, plus a bike repair shop where he maintains OO’s 31

mountain bikes. He also makes sure Outdoor Outreach’s 5-van fleet is

up to the task of transporting teens on nearly 500 programs each year

throughout San Diego County and beyond. On top of all that, Juan

makes multiple trips to Costco each week to buy deli sandwiches, trail

mix, hummus, fruit and other snacks to fuel OO participants for their

after-school, weekend and summer adventures.

To anyone else, Outdoor Outreach’s inventory and logistical challenges

would be overwhelming. But having seen where OO started, Juan

appreciates it all. “We’re still small but we’re running with the big dogs,

and we’ve grown every year. That makes me so proud,” says Juan.

5,200 Clementines

7 lb of Sunscreen

You’re not just changing kids lives... for

some of them you’re saving their lives.

Thank you for choosing to use your time

and talents to make a difference.

Vanessa Moreno,

School Psyschologist, Morse High School

BARRIERS TO ACCESS

FAST FACTS

77% of participants lack transportation to parks and beaches.

39% aren’t aware of green spaces near their homes.

15% say gangs or crime make close-to-home green spaces

unsafe.

52% of field staff are Leadership Program

participants and graduates

126 volunteers contributed 1,066 hours

to support our outdoor programs


THANK YOU

Our success would not be possible

without the support of our many,

generous donors:

$25,000 +: County of San Diego,

The Legler Benbough Foundation, Price

Philanthropies, San Diego Gas & Electric,

The San Diego Foundation, U.S. Fish and

Wildlife Service, Walter J. and Betty C.

Zable Foundation

$10,000–$24,000: Bridgepoint

Education, Cooley LLP, David C. Copley

Foundation, KEEN Effect, Leann &

Kevin McCarthy, Marisla Fund of the

Orange County Community Foundation,

The North Face Explore Fund, prAna,

Qualcomm Foundation, Resources

Legacy Fund, Syndey Holland

Foundation, Bravo Foundation,

California Wellness Foundation, Wells

Fargo Foundation

$5,000–$9,999: Alan & Terri Wiessner,

California State Parks Foundation, Cox

Communications, Cushman Foundation,

Day For Change, Eagle Creek, Fortune

Builders, Heller Foundation of San

Diego, Jiji Foundation Fund, Mesa Rim

Climbing & Fitness Center, Nordson

Corporation Foundation, Paul & Nelly

Dean, The Country Friends, The Thomas

C. Ackerman Foundation, Rose

Foundation, Tiano Family Foundation

$2,500–$4,999: Boys and Girls

Foundation, ESET North America,

Adventure 16, California American

Water, North County Board Meeting,

Todd & Renee Cantor, SIMA

Humanitarian Fund, CLIF Bar Family

Foundation, WiLDCOAST/CA Coastal

Conservancy, Ricky Schlesinger & Judy

Nakatomi

$1,000–$2,499: 1908 Brands, Andrew

McGill, Ann & Rodney Moll, Bill & Jami

Voge, Black Diamond Equipment Ltd.,

Brian & Michelle Cox, Carol & Henry F.

Hunte, Cathy & Matthew Hervey, Chaos

Headwear, Costas Alexakos, Darren

Schneider, David & Robin Durr, Doug

Burke & Irina Telyukova, Esther &

Christopher Northrup, Heidi Wolin,

Jerry O’Dwyer, John Kirkman, Karl

Luber, Lightspeed Outdoors, Lucky

Seven Foundation, Mandell Weiss

Charitable Trust, Matt Clapp, Milo

Hama, Naomi & Brian Slusser, Papoose

Conservation Wildlife Foundation,

Patagonia, Peter & Kathleen Metcalf,

RightOn Productions, Roger & Lisa

Spatz, San Diego Women’s Foundation,

Schwab Charitable, Sergio Langarica &

Megan DePaulo, Smith Optics, Sony

Electronics, Inc., Scott & Susan

Shepherd, Stein & Katharine Lundby,

Ted & Rozanne Reguly, Teen

Grantmaking Initiative at YALLA San

Diego, Timothy Deatherage, Arthur &

Jeanette Pratt Memorial Fund, Hay

Foundation, The Wallace Fox

Foundation, US Bank Foundation, Vans,

Inc., WD-40 Company, West Marine

BlueFuture Fund

Core Staff

2016 Financials

Ben McCue

Executive Director

Joe McLeod

Director of Operations

Mallory Thorne

Director of Development

Molly Morelli

Finance & Administrative Director

Kim Stolkowski

Program Operations Manager

Hanna Gneiting

Youth Programs Manager

Cuyla Coogan

Community Engagement Manager

Juliette Brezin

Development & Communications

Coordinator

Juan Alvarez

Program Logistics Coordinator

Dustin Punches

Youth Programs Coordinator

Josh Osias

Youth & Environmental Programs

Coordinator

Stephanie Halper

Program Operations Coordinator

Sunny Chang

Youth Programs Coordinator

Luis Perez

Youth Programs Coordinator

Board of Directors

Ricky Schlesinger, Chair

Eagle Creek Travel Gear

Douglas Burke

Cognitive Medical Systems

Todd Cantor

PMsquare

David Gell

Olympus Sky

Sergio Langarica

Sony Electronics

Stein Lundby

QUALCOMM, Inc.

Esther Northrup

Cox Communications

Ted Reguly

Sempra Energy

Naomi Slusser

Naval Surface & Mine Warfighting

Development Center

Roger Spatz

Eagle Creek Travel Gear

Nancy Tran

UTC Aerospace Systems

2016 Revenue

Individual $122,265

Government $145,224

Foundation $385,583

Corporate $109,167

Church-civic $4,200

Board $19,983

Fee for service $200,483

In-kind donations $36,597

Misc. $2,206

Gain / Loss on assets $0

Net Assets Released from restriction $206,500

2016 Expenses

TOTAL: $1,096,062

2016 Assets

Fixed assets $91,271

Cash $324,899

Other current assets $47,177

TOTAL: $463,347

2016 Liabilities

Current liabilities $14,434

NET ASSETS $448,913

*$76,908 - Temporarily restricted funds for 2017 program deliverables

TOTAL* $1,232,208


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San Diego, CA 92114

Outdoor Outreach

Annual Report

2016

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Photo credit: Drew McGill

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