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No Barriers Youth is part of a broader nonprofit organization, No Barriers USA, located in Fort Collins, Colorado.
No Barriers USA provides expeditions, retreats, events and tools that empower people to embrace a No Barriers Life-- all of our programs help people discover the potential that lies within themselves and the world. No Barriers serves a variety of populations and is always expanding our program offerings to serve more people. In addition to No Barriers Youth, we currently have programs dedicated to serving veterans and their families through No Barriers Warriors, programs designed specifically for women through No Barriers Women, leadership development programming for businesses and corporations, and a series of different festivals and events, the capstone being the No Barriers Summit.
The mission of No Barriers 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.
The No Barriers Life Elements are the common thread through every No Barriers experience, regardless of whether you are a student going to Costa Rica or a veteran climbing a mountain. On NBY Expeditions, these elements are brought to life through facilitation by our team of exceptional Expedition Leaders. The elements include:
No Barriers Youth has been using transformative travel to change the lives of students and their educators since 2003 (previously known as Global Explorers).
No Barriers Youth has a continuum of ways for schools, educators and students to engage in our programming, including multi-year school partnerships, online curricula, the NBY Expedition program, short-term local retreats, one-day events, and on-site school- based activities.
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NBY Expeditions provide transformative experiences in some of our planet’s most inspiring classrooms that stretch comfort zones, inspire possibilities, and ignite action. We inspire and equip middle and high school youth and their educators to live a No Barriers Life through a comprehensive educational three-phased travel program.
Much more than just cool trips, our program provides a comprehensive approach to interdisciplinary experiential education through a 3-phased model:
This phase includes: Preparatory curriculum sessions that introduce the NB Life elements and focus on building the foundation of a strong team. Phase one also includes the time the groups spends, fundraising, completing paperwork and handling other logistics like flights and payments. The duration of phase one is different for each group depending on the lead teacher– but generally lasts anywhere from 3 months to up to a year.
The curriculum sessions include 5 core lessons centered around the NB Life elements. Each lesson contains interactive activities as well as opportunities to dig-deeper and learn more.
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Educational adventure of a lifetime!
Students– we know you have a lot of choices for how you spend your time outside of school. And parents, we know you have a lot of flyers coming home asking you to invest time, energy and money into something else. So- why should you pick an NBY Expedition? Before we dive into details of expedition, want to provide some context on what sets us apart from other companies that provide travel programs.
Mission driven nonprofit organization- filter every decision through how it will ultimately help us achieve our goal for impacting the world, not our bank account.
Value is that we have values! SYSTEMS-THINKING ECOTOURISM / SUSTAINABILITY AUTHENTICITY/ PRACTICE WHAT WE PREACH COMMUNITY & SENSE OF FAMILY EXCELLENCE & PROGRAM QUALITY LIFELONG LEARNING LEADERSHIP THROUGH SERVICE EQUAL ACCESS FOR ALL
NBY Programmatic Methodology: On a broad level, our programs are built on the following guiding principles which we believe are keys to success: (OR, THE MAGIC HAPPENS WHEN…)
The three-phased expedition program model is more than just a one-and-done travel experience. Participants need to have “skin in the game,” participating for the right reasons Relationships are prioritized because a sense of community and bonds between people are essential to success. (Ideally have the chance to interact with local people more than a one and done activity. Leadership team and participating adults are consistent through program.) The importance of connection also includes connection with self and place. (in addition to connection to others.) Activities are interdisciplinary and give participants many different angles and examples for connecting to their personal interests and passions. (Not just service, or science, or language...) All expeditions provide opportunities to get outside yourself and your circumstances to see yourself and the world differently. OR CODE SWITCHING The expedition is a journey, not a destination. FOCUS ON BEGINNING, MIDDLE AND END- LEARNING HAPPENS THROUGHOUT. EXPEDITION TELLS A “STORY”.
THIS IS A SNAPSHOT FROM OUR LEARNING AFAR SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM AND DOESN’T REPRESENT ALL OF THE CURRENT SCHOOL PARTERSHIPS. 2015 EVALUATION DATA IS CURRENTLY BEING PROCESSED AND WILL BE AVILABLE SOON.
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Itinerary-wise, we say it is a unique combination of people, activities and “magic” that makes an expedition truly transformative. Though it is not a science, WE have a handful of key components that we've found to be keys to success. Regardless of destination, every NBY expedition incorporates the following:
Self-awareness & team development activities Structured & scheduled reflection (both group and individual) Student-driven learning/ownership over experience Activities that foster connection to place, focus on interconnectedness of systems Exposure to people/ways of life different than your own/cross-cultural awareness Service Personal challenge/stretching comfort zones Fun /Iconic activities & intentional downtime and SLEEP
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Provide Group Leader introduction, contact info, Best way to reach with questions, etc. Role is to implement phase one, be primary point of contact for families, chaperone expedition and support re-integration once home.
NBY EL meets group in destination, is with group 24/7 from airport pick up to airport drop off. This person is responsible for the overall program quality, educational facilitation and risk management. He/she is hired and employed by No Barriers on a contractual basis (doesn’t necessarily work in the home office.)
Local Guide: NBY contracts out the ground services to a local company who is responsible for knowing all the ins and outs of the itinerary details. A representative from the partner organization or company will be with the group the entire time.
On some programs, scientists or instructors will also join the group for specific activities.
Student group – Group size (minimum and maximum numbers requirements). Profile of a student who is a good fit (e.g. affinity for outdoor adventure, demonstrated leadership experience or potential, ready for an educational learning adventure (NOT A VACATION!), respectful, mature and flexible.
Now we’re ready to dive into the expedition details! We’re going to go through a play-by-play of a sample itinerary.
Photo: Driving through Monument Valley en route to Chinle, AZ.
Photos: Service projects at Navajo family’s homestead (projects vary depending on family’s current needs. Past projects have included weeding, harvesting, fence building, etc.)
Photo: Hiking into Canyon de Chelly with a Navajo park ranger and guide.
Day 3: Hike into Canyon de Chelly
You’ll wake up from your first night camping and meet a Navajo National Park Service Ranger who will hike your group into the sacred canyon. Upon arrival, you’ll the meet family who’s homestead you’ll be staying on and begin to explore and develop a sense of place.
That afternoon, you’ll participate in a service project for the family on their homestead and get to explore further into the canyon.
Photo: On the rim of the canyon.
Photo: Playing the wash
Photos: Time in the canyon may include a traditional cooking or weaving demonstration.
Photo: Expect AMAZING starry night skies!
Day 3: Sunrise session and cultural exchange
Today you’ll arise early and partake in a “sunrise session” led by your Navajo park ranger to greet the sun and learn about how Navajo people traditionally pay tribute in the morning.
After breakfast, you’ll pack up and hike out of the canyon. In the afternoon, you’ll participate in a “Just Move It” walk elsewhere on the Navajo rez and make your way closer to the river launch for an overnight.
Photo: Hiking out of Canyon de Chelly
Photos: Hiking out…
Photo: A “Just Move It” walk on the Navajo Rez is a great opportunity to raise awareness about healthy lifestyle choices on the reservation.
Day Four: Launch on the San Juan River!
Today you’ll load up, meet your guides, and drive to the river launch. After a safety orientation, you’re off! Rafting down the San Juan River for the next four days.
Photo: Rafting down the San Juan
Photos: Fun along the river
Day 5 and 6: Rafting
Both of these full days are spent rafting down the San Juan and camping underneath the stars along the way.
Photo: Along your journey you’ll go on a number of side hikes off the river. In locations, you’ll be able to explore abandoned Hopi ruins and petroglyphs.
Photos: Breakfast, rafting, and reflection – all in a day on the river.
Photo: For the most part, the river is entirely flat water – perfect for floating and swimming. You will encounter some small rapids along the way – safe, yet exciting.
Photo: Plenty of time along the way to make some shade and accomplish your group’s educational objectives.
Photos: Fun along the San Juan!
Day 7: River Take-Out; Drive to Moab
Today is your last day on the river! You’ll take out in Mexican Hat, Utah around midday and help unload all of your river supplies. After saying goodbye to your river guides, your group will drive to Moab, UT and have the evening explore and have your closing ceremony in Arches National Park.
Photo: Weather permitting, you will literally be camping beneath the stars.
All camping equipment is provided!
Photo: Students will be divided into crews and will help prep, cook, and clean throughout the expedition. The food is excellent - always lots of options to choose from and ability to accommodate many restrictions.
After the expedition comes to a close, phase 3 begins!
Phase 3 asks participants to take what impacted them on the expedition and translate it into meaningful action at home. During the expedition, participants make a pledge to live a No Barriers Life. Phase 3 is the implementation of that Pledge and the reporting back to No Barriers.
In addition to each participant’s personal Pledge, many groups choose to take meaningful action in their home community as a group, taking the idea of collective impact all the way through this phase.
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We understand this program requires an investment in time, energy and money, but we also believe it’s the best investment you can make in your future. We want to be sure to clearly communicate the investment this program requires. First, investment of time.
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We want the inspiration that you’ve gained during your travel to stay with you when you return home. This is why we ask you to engage in a follow-up service project when you get home. It’s entirely up to you what you choose to do, but examples might be: building a recycling program at your school, educating your community about what you learned about issues around the world, or helping out with a project to assist one of our nonprofit partners in the Amazon.
As a non-profit organization, NBY understands the strain on resources that is typically associated with a unique, specialized program of this nature. Fundraising is usually a must and NBY is here to help the best we can! Because we provide a niche program, work with local providers who pay fair wages, tip appropriately, hire exceptional field staff and guarantee a small, autonomous group experience, our program is not cheap. Every penny you pay is poured back into providing life-changing transformative experiences.
Because of the uniqueness of our program, many groups have a lot of success raising funds to support their participation. As a 501 c 3 nonprofit, we are able to accept tax-deductible donations. Because of IRS regulations, you cannot receive a tax-deduction for gifts given to individuals– therefore any donation of this nature would be attributed across the entire group.
Fundraising is usually most successful if a parent(s) takes on the lead for the group and organizes group fundraisers. We've had groups have great success with everything from selling cinnamon rolls at sporting events, to Ice Cream nights where students “run a business” for the night, to selling King Soopers gift cards, to car washes, to cupcake sales...the list goes on and on.
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Learning AFAR Southwest Florida 2016
WHAT’S WITHIN YOU IS
STRONGER THAN WHAT’S IN
The AFAR Foundation
• Learning AFAR is a program of
AFAR and No Barriers Youth
• Since 2009 AFAR has supported
over 400 travel scholarships for
youth who would not otherwise
have had the opportunity to travel
• By expanding the number of
students traveling, this program
aims to broaden our impact,
enhancing whole communities
perceptions of all that is possible
NO BARRIERS USA MISSION:
TO UNLEASH THE POTENTIAL
OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT.
Define a purpose that
inspires you to give your
best back to the word
Move beyond your comfort
zone to grow and reach
Harness life experience
connect with others to
challenges to innovate
Impact the world as a
leader who serves
NBY EXPEDITIONS //
• SELF-AWARENESS & TEAM DEVELOPMENT
• STRUCTURED REFLECTION
• STUDENT-DRIVEN LEARNING
• CONNECTION TO PLACE & INTERCONNECTION
• EXPOSURE TO DIFFERENT WAYS OF LIFE
• SERVICE PROJECTS
• STRETCHING COMFORT ZONE
• FUN & INTENTIONAL DOWNTIME
NBY EXPEDITIONS //
TIME COMMITMENT: PHASE ONE
TIME COMMITMENT: PHASE TWO
TIME COMMITMENT: PHASE THREE
Learning AFAR Media
“Going away from home makes home more important!”
NBY EXPEDITIONS //
THE DETAILS | FINANCES
Thanks to generous support from various donors, we
will be able to offer full scholarships that include
airfare for the 10 girls who are selected for this
What does this include?
• All food, lodging and travel
• Guides, staff and tips
• Preparatory books and
• T-shirts, journals and travel
• Staff support for logistics of
• Preparatory journalism retreat
• Basic travel insurance
• THE EXPERIENCE OF A
What’s Not Included?
• Spending money for
• Personal travel items
Students must apply online by January 11, 2016:
• Online application
• Personal reference (your reference fills this out online)
• Teacher reference (teacher fills this out online)
• Academic Merit: GPA and essay responses
• Leadership Potential: Thoughtful, well-written essays demonstrating
leadership and desire for positive growth
• Must not have been involved with the DJJ within the past year
• Must not have run away within the past year
• The group will be selected and notified
around the end of January.
• Irvine will lead preparatory sessions with the
selected 10 plus a few alternates throughout
• We will collect forms from the selected