Voyageur Outward Bound School (VOBS) has been changing lives through challenge and discovery in Minnesota for more than 50 years by using the wilderness as a classroom to provide unparalleled opportunities for personal growth, self-reliance, confidence, teamwork and compassion.
With the opening of the Twin Cities Center in 2011, Voyageur Outward Bound School, along with its partners, has been able to greatly increase the reach of its programming for under-served urban youth.
By challenging the students we serve through experiential learning programs, we help students discover their own leadership skills, confidence, and determination that can drastically improve the trajectory of their lives.
Thanks to generous donations from alumni, parents, corporations, foundations, and others, Voyageur Outward Bound School awarded more than $200,000 in scholarships to more than 100 students in 2014.
The effectiveness of Outward Bound programming is undeniable.
The results of a 2005 American Institutes for Research study show a 27% increase in measured mastery of science concepts, enhanced cooperation and conflict resolution skills, gains in self-esteem and improved problem solving, motivation to learn and classroom behavior.
However, a study by the Outdoor Foundation found an 11% decline in the amount of time American youth spent on outside activities in 2008 alone. This study also shows that youth of African American, Hispanic, Asian and Native American descent are under-represented in outdoor recreation, making up only 21% of outdoor participants.
As an organization committed to providing equal opportunities for all of our community members, VOBS recognizes that we cannot do it alone.
For that reason, we are asking for your help! Please consider investing in the future of our students, our community, and our society by contributing to the Voyageur Outward Bound School. Choose to donate today, and you will make a great impact—the ripples of which we will all feel for years to come!
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