Youth Development

NO BARRIERS USA

  • Fort Collins, CO
  • www.nobarriersusa.org

Mission Statement

Our mission is to unleash the potential of the human spirit. Through transformative experiences, tools and inspiration, we help people embark on a quest to contribute their absolute best to the world. In the process, we foster a community of curious, brave and collaborative explorers who are determined to live the No Barriers Life.

Main Programs

  1. No Barriers Youth
  2. No Barriers Soldiers & Soldiers to Summits
  3. No Barriers Summit
Service Areas

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International

We primarily work with clients from across the United States. However, we do offer international programs that include interaction and service to local international residents.

ruling year

2003

Principal Officer since 2003

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David Shurna

Chief Development Officer

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Cindy Bean

Keywords

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international, disabilities, inclusion, summit, veterans,science, environmental, leadership, service, education, secondary, middle school, high school, exchange

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EIN

06-1693441

 Number

1935438513

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Citizenship Programs, Youth Development (O54)

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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The barometer of our success as an organization is the number of lives we change. Independent research from BYU confirms that our participants are achieving statistically significant gains across nearly every measure in our No Barriers Mindset. From wounded veterans to urban youth, we are empowering people to break through barriers and live a life of purpose.

Programs

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

Program 1

No Barriers Youth

Program Offerings: International Expedition, Regional Retreats, In-School Workshops or wrap them all together into a school wide partnership program!

OUR COMPREHENSIVE INTERDISCIPLINARY APPROACH
GRAPHIC: Thoughtful Prep/Transformational Experiences/Meaningful Return perhaps along left side (see www.nobarriersyouth.org)

Thoughtful Preparation
Provocative lessons, facilitated by an onsite teacher or one of our staff, activate new ideas and prepare students in the days or months leading up to their transformative experiences. Meanwhile, our dedicated staff manages logistics seamlessly, making it easy to get ready for your transformative experience.

Transformative Experiences
From a two-day retreat in a National Park to a multi-week expedition to the farthest reaches of the world, we provide transformational youth experiences in some of our planet’s most inspiring classrooms. Outrageously exceptional leaders use science, cultural studies and leadership activities to teach about community, innovation, grit, collaboration and service. Expeditions span North, Central and South America, Africa and Asia.

Meaningful Return
Poised to take action and make a difference, students take the No Barriers Pledge: a commitment to making a single act of meaningful change in their own communities. Students are transformed into No Barriers Ambassadors, forever seeking ways to live a life that matters.

Program Offerings: International Expedition, Regional Retreats, In-School Workshops or wrap them all together into a school wide partnership program!

Category

Youth Leadership

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Blind and Vision Impaired

Budget

$2,000,000.00

Program 2

No Barriers Soldiers & Soldiers to Summits

We empower soldiers and veterans to break through barriers, find their inner purpose and contribute their very best to the world. We use mountains as a metaphor to help them reconnect with their ability to set and achieve ambitious goals. Our journey-based expeditions range from one day to three weeks in length, and have taken us to Nepal, Ecuador, Peru, the South Pole and locations around the US.

Category

Military & Veterans

Population(s) Served

Military/Veterans

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

None

Budget

$1,000,000.00

Program 3

No Barriers Summit

Part inspiration, part action, this unparalleled 4-day conference empowers people to break through barriers, find their inner purpose and contribute their very best to the world.

At the No Barriers Summit, we envision a world where the power of the human spirit transcends barriers. We bring together scientists, inventors, academics, practitioners, and end-users in a four-day outdoor extravaganza that challenges your conception of what is possible. The Summit is about community, innovation, discovery, and exploration. This family-friendly event is for people of all ages and abilities. The 2015 No Barriers Summit will combine hands-on clinics, product demonstrations, outdoor excursions, films, art, music, keynote addresses, leadership exercises, and symposia.

Category

Educational Programs

Population(s) Served

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Military/Veterans

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$550,000.00

Charting Impact

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

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    BHAG: What we dream to accomplish by 2020
    One million people pledge to live a No Barriers Life. Transform 10,000 lives through our work

    About the Annual "Trail Map" Process: No Barriers develops its annual Trail Map using a variety of tools including the Hoshin Kanri Method, SWOT Analysis and the Lean Start Up Model. The strategy stems from the mission, vision and values. It begins with the development of 3-5 core Hoshins, or strategies, for the coming year. A Hoshin is a breakthrough objective the organization will accomplish over the next 12 months that will help it accomplish its vision. Hoshins have the following characteristics: 1) They may require a fundamental shift in systems of the organization. 2) They will require the involvement of the entire organization to achieve. 3) They will bring the organization to its next level of performance.

    2014 Goals:
    1. Develop program/s or tool/s that help amplify listenership, building capacity to achieve 1 million BHAG.
    2. Lay the groundwork for exponentially increasing our potential to raise funds.
    3. Scale up the impact of our life-changing programs, building capacity to achieve 5 yr/10,000 BHAG.
    4. Develop excellence in curriculum and instruction across all platforms.
    5. Develop staff to be “multipliers”, relationship builders and exceptional project managers.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Tactics below correlate to goals above:
    1.1 Develop iteration 2.0 of our brand and integrate across all platforms
    1.2 Using Lean Start-up as a guide, develop and pilot online learning cmty
    1.3 Pilot No Barriers Awards in communities
    1.4 Develop and expand No Barriers Ambassadors program
    1.5 Develop institutional board of directors
    1.6 Explore and pilot chapter-based approach to No Barriers
    1.7 Improve our storytelling capabilities so that we consistently curate and create stories that captivate a broad audience
    Tactics
    2.1 Develop institutional board of directors
    2.2 Build a strong development department that can support the fundraising growth of the organization
    2.3 Pilot initiatives and test tools to mobilize volunteers to raise NB funds
    2.4 Improve donor management system efficiencies by integrating all CRM into Salesforce
    2.5 Develop a signature replicable annual fundraising event that has the potential to raise millions of dollars
    3.1 S2S expands one, three day and capstone programming to reach additional participants
    3.2 GEx expand retreat and capstone programming to reach additional participants
    3.3 Pilot One day Base Camps
    3.4 Move to Annual Summit with increased attendance per event
    4.1 Develop strong external measurement tool that evaluates success of reaching our curricular objectives.
    4.2 Develop the NB Learning Framework to guide excellence in C&I across all platforms
    4.3 Based on the NB Framework, determine what needs to happen in existing programs, and decide what new platforms are worth exploring and testing. Set quantity and audience goals based on this.
    4.4 Train staff in "Design Thinking" and Mindset to impact curriculum development so that it is a creative and innovative process, and lead staff to develop high-quality curricula based on the framework
    4.5 Train staff and expedition leaders in Mindset and relevant, research-based best instructional practices that fit the various learning platforms
    5.1 Personal professional development plan in place for each staff member that works on these three core areas with managers aligned on goals
    5.2 Learning community with quarterly training in these core skills areas
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Below are the strengths identified from our annual SWOT analysis:
    • Existing programs change lives
    • High standard of program excellence
    • Promising financial resources
    • Talented, passionate and committed staff
    • Board is active and engaged
    • Donors/Volunteers/Participants are compelled by our message and want to be involved
    • High customer loyalty, relationships and satisfaction
    • Ability to serve diverse populations
    • Strong and authentic internal culture
    • Mindset and Mission is contemporary and likely to have staying power
    • Flexible and nimble
    • Above average marketing capabilities for our size
    • Efficiently able to capitalize on opportunities for our size
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Below are the indicators we measure, correlated to the five goals identified above and the strategies listed
    1.1 Survey of NBUSA network on iteration 2.0
    1.2 “Funnel” Measures:
    * website traffic/views
    *size of social following
    * # of pledges to NB life
    : size of board
    : # of ambassadors
    : # engaged via awards
    1.3
    1.4
    1.5
    1.6
    1.7
    2.1 *Size/composition of board
    2.2 *Size of team
    *Money raised
    2.3 *# volunteer fundraisers
    *Money raised
    2.4 *integration completed
    *staff satisfaction
    2.5 *Event hosted
    *Funds raised
    3.1 # of participants
    3.2 # of participants
    3.3 # of base camps
    # of participants
    3.4 # of participants
    structure in place for annual
    4.1 *External evaluation tool exists
    4.2 *Framework
    4.3 *Written plan
    4.4 *Existence of learning community
    4.5 *Staff training evaluation
    *Program evaluation
    5.1 *Development plans exist and align to annual review
    5.2 *Existence of learning community
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Trail Map Calendar: 2014: This progress is mapped based on indicators and strategies identified above
    1.1 Brand 2.0: Integration completed
    1.2 Online community launched in beta form
    1.3 NB Ambassadors launched in beta form
    1.4 NB Awards have been pitched but there is no solid plan as of yet.
    1.5 Institutional board in development with new strategic members added throughout the year
    1.6 Researching No Barriers chapters for pilot in 2015
    1.7 Storytelling has been integrated throughout the organization including the hiring of a storytelling coordinator in communications.
    2.1 Institutional board has been continuing
    2.2 Development department created with three employees
    2.3 Volunteer plan still in development
    2.4 Donor management systems integrated into Salesforce successfully
    2.5 Events have been broadened and are piloting in 2014 and 15

    3.1 Expanded Soldiers programming to include retreats
    3.2 Expanded Youth programming to include retreats
    3.3 Base camps are in development for pilot in 2015 on target
    3.4 Moved to annual summit
    4.1 External tool adapted and in use
    4.2 NB Mindset tool developed and in use
    4.3 Mindset still being integrated across programs
    4.4 Staff learning community launched in September
    4.5 Staff/Leader training expanded and improved
    5.1 Staff each have development plans to review with supervisors
    5.2 Learning community launched in September
Service Areas

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International

We primarily work with clients from across the United States. However, we do offer international programs that include interaction and service to local international residents.

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Funding Needs

We are always looking for scholarship funds to support students who would not typically be able to travel including low-income students and students with disabilities.

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Financials

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NO BARRIERS USA
Fiscal year: Sep 01-Aug 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Principal Officer

David Shurna

Chief Development Officer

Cindy Bean

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Tom Lillig

Stone Ward

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?


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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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