Where Are We Today? Amazing!
Posted on July 15, 2012
We knew that the transition from "Orphanage Outreach" to "Outreach360" nearly a year ago would be a change for the better, but we couldn't anticipate how receptive our volunteers/supporters would be about the change. You see, the transition has been much more than just a name change; it has been an opportunity to look at our entire organization's culture, the delivery of our direct service projects, and ways that we are ensuring that the volunteer experience is life-changing! The fact is that Orphanage Outreach was a great program, but Outreach360 is truly amazing!
"There is a reason I've come back to Outreach360 more than once. The experience is unlike any other you will ever have. It will open your eyes in so many ways, not only will you teach these children and impact their lives, but they will have a far greater impact on yours." - Kimberly R., Dominican Republic Volunteer
Our Vision Coming to Life!
Our vision is a transformed world in which every child is able to pursue a college degree or to be gainfully employed upon reaching adulthood, enabling them to live a life of choice. Each child will become an active citizen, committed to serving those less fortunate, and be an active friend of the environment. Currently we are running two Learning Centers in the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua that are allowing 35 1st grade children to begin the journey with Outreach360.
Our Mission — What We Do to Bring that Vision to Reality
Our mission is to be a world class provider of international service-learning opportunities, providing a consistent and predict-able volunteer experience, surprising and delighting our volunteers with a powerful cultural experience and the ability to make a significant difference, resulting in a 100% enthusiasm rating - volunteers want to join us again and/or are willing to encourage their friends and family to join us. The cultural interchange (intercambio) is a significant outcome of our efforts.
Our Goal/Primary Aim
The Goal of Outreach360 is to transform individuals, families, communities, countries, and the world through the education and development of disadvantaged children. As we release the hero within these children, we release the hero within each person involved with Outreach360.
By the year 2030, 2500 children are enrolled in our 1st grade program. Over 200 children will be completing their Out-reach360 GED Training or Vocational Training, choosing to attend the university or be qualified for a skilled job. Over 50,000 international volunteers will be involved with Outreach360 each year. Outreach360 will be working in 10 countries, with a total of 30 Community Centers supporting 150 Learning Centers.
Learning CentersOutreach360 will adopt specific disadvantaged neighborhoods. In each neighborhood we adopt, we will staff an Outreach360 Learning Center. The Learning Center will provide training from pre-school through high school:
Pre-school: Early Childhood Development Activities and Nutrition Program
Grades 1-8: Literacy and English Grades
Grades 9-12: GED and Vocational Training
All Levels: Community Health, Environmental Education, Life Skills
Community CentersLearning Centers will be supported by an Outreach360 Community Center. The Community Center will be a larger facility than the Learning Center. Volunteers will be housed at the Community Center, and specialized educational resources will be available at the Community Center. Summer camp facilities will be available at the Community Center.
SustainabilityService and Skills: Each student will be required to serve other students in the program, with their time and skills. The parents of each student will also be expected and invited to serve the program, but the parent’s service will not be a require-ment for the child to participate. Neighborhood residents will be given priority for permanent jobs, when qualified.
Natural Resources: Each Outreach360 facility will promote caring for the environment, being sustainable in the areas or power, water, and food production.
International Volunteers/DonorsOutreach360 is grass-roots volunteer organization. International volunteers and donors will provide the primary source of teaching and funds for new centers; transitioning to local teaching and funds as each center matures. Outreach360 is an opportunity for all people to volunteer and contribute—to Release the Hero Within.