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About Us

Our mission

To connect youth to the transformative power of the outdoors…

…to realize the positive attitude and behavioral changes that help them become happy, healthy, and successful adults.

Our vision

Youth everywhere will be inspired by the outdoors to play, learn, serve and share.

Our values

Positivity
We believe in building on the inherent strengths that youth already possess.
Choice
We ensure that participation is always by choice and presented in a fun, safe and respectful environment.
Respect
We honor ourselves, other people and the environment in our words and our actions.
Authenticity
We believe in caring for youth without agenda.
Possibility
We believe in seeing the potential in people and situations, and in the power of new outdoor experiences.
Excellence
We set the highest standards for quality and safety in everything we do.
Passion
We believe in sharing what we love!

Our participants

"Outdoor Outreach is family, support, and a glimpse of what you can accomplish when you break the negative mold. I have learned so many things about myself and have been able to break the stereotypes put on me by society. I continue to learn from every participant and staff member, each and every day I’m at OO."
Juan
First-ever Leadership Program Graduate,
Former Field Instructor
"I’m able to see potential in myself. Outdoor Outreach helped me get back into school and gave me new motivation to grow so that I can succeed both here in my role at OO and out there in the world. I finally feel connected to something that I love to do and that I’m actually really passionate about."
Deven
Field Instructor
2017 Leadership Program Graduate
"I have a lot to be thankful for: people with kind hearts and positive minds who are always reaching out to help and guide me to where I need to be. I have achieved the confidence to express myself and to share my beliefs and values, and this has brought me closer to my peers. Sharing our stories contributes to the support we have for one another."
Eh Ler
Field Instructor
2017 Leadership Program Graduate
"I remember my very first trip with Outdoor Outreach, to Mount San Jacinto. I was shy, and didn’t know anyone on the trip. On the ride up, I told myself I wasn’t going to talk to anyone. That plan changed when we arrived and I saw snow for the first time. I was in shock. It was an unbelievable experience that required stepping out of my comfort zone. Returning to the van, I realized I had talked to almost everyone. That felt good."
Ivonne
2018 Leadership Program Graduate
"Even at my lowest point I knew Outdoor Outreach was there for me and that I had friends that I could rely on when I really needed it. In this way, I was able to connect to a sense of purpose that helped me to see my own struggles as less than the mountains I made them out to be."
Vincent
Field Instructor
Leadership Program Graduate

Gender of program participants

62%
Female
38%
Male

Ethnicity of program participants

  • 42%
    Latino/Hispanic
  • 6%
    Multiracial
  • 12%
    Black/African-American
  • 10%
    White
  • 7%
    Asian American/Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
  • 23%
    Other/Unknown

OO fact:

The majority of our program participants come from low-income communities, and have few opportunities to experience natural parks and open-space areas before joining our programs.

Our team

Our committed and passionate team drive Outdoor Outreach’s success.

Current job openings
The core staff
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Board of Directors
Ricky Schlesinger
Eagle Creek Travel Gear
Retired Executive Vice President
Chair, Board of Directors
David Gell
Olympus Sky
Chief Strategy Officer
Treasurer, Board of Directors
Sergio Langarica
Sony Electronics
Director of International Trade
Vice President
Stein Lundby
QUALCOMM, Inc.
Lead Corporate Technology and R&D Strategist
Sandra Mueller
Rady Children's Hospital
Director of Social Services and Psychiatry Operations
Esther Northrup
Cox Communications
Executive Director, State Regulatory Affairs
Secretary
Ted Reguly
San Diego Gas & Electric
Director, Major Projects
Brittany Russell
Port of San Diego
‎Funding Development Consultant
Steve Romeo
BREG
Executive Technologist
Julia Schooler
Children's Legal Services of San Diego
Juvenile Dependency Attorney
Angel Cadena
Illumina
Staff Software Engineer
Jylan Megahed
Megahed Esq. Inc.
Principal Attorney
Paul Brown
Contract CFO
Brown Ventures
Advisory Board
Bruce Duncan Perry, M.D., Ph.D.
The ChildTrauma Academy
Founder/Senior Fellow
Janie DeCelles
Conservation Advocate and Community Leader
Shelby Stanger
Wild Ideas Worth Living
Creator and Host
(Board Member Emeritus)
Douglas Burke
Cognitive Medical Systems
President and Cofounder
(Board Member Emeritus)
Leticia Cazares, MPH
Cazares Coaching & Consulting Services
Organizational Development & Community Engagement Consultant
David Price
PriceSmart
Corporate Innovation Director
Traci Verardo-Torres
TVT Consulting
Founder
Chris Rutgers
Transforming Youth Outdoors
Executive Director
(Founder, Outdoor Outreach)

Our Financials

The numbers below reflect Outdoor Outreach’s financial summary for 2018.

Assets

Assets
Fixed Assets$66,742
Cash$495,538
Other Current Assets$14,754
Total Assets$577,034
Liabilities & Net Assets
Net Assets$557,264
Current Liabilities$19,771
Total Liabilities & Net Assets$577,035

Revenue

Revenue
Individual$214,899
Government$187,926
Foundation$776,123
Corporate$179,636
Church-Civic$530
Board of Directors$16,333
Fee for Service$237,817
In-kind Donations$55,382
Misc.$9,279
Net Assets Released From Restriction$83,680
Total Revenue*$1,761,605
  • Individual
  • Government
  • Foundation
  • Corporate
  • Church-Civic
  • Board of Directors
  • Fee for Service
  • In-kind Donations
  • Misc.
  • Net Assets Released From Restriction


*$73,425 temporarily restricted for 2019 program deliverables

Expenses

Expenses
Programs$1,098,762
Operating$469,206
Total Expenses$1,567,968
  • Programs
  • Operating