Northwest Outward Bound School works with the Search Institute to evaluate the success and impact of our wilderness and urban programs. Using the Search Institute's Developmental Assets Profile, which measures the building blocks of healthy adolescent development, we measure and analyze student's pre and post-course responses to questions that evaluate the following outcomes:
Character Development: demonstrating increased self-confidence, self-actualization, and compassion toward others and live a healthy and balanced life.
Leadership: demonstrating the ability to set goals and to inspire and guide others to achieve them, as well as to collaborate, communicate, solve problems, and resolve conflicts
Service: Students demonstrate social and environmental responsibility and actively engage in service to others.
Northwest Outward Bound School has served thousands of students from all over the world and our impact in the Pacific Northwest over the past 50 years has been dramatic.
Our Portland Programs bring our mission to under-served youth in Portland's most challenged school districts by transferring our life-changing wilderness curriculum into the urban setting and offering semester-long Outward Bound programming for two hours each week.
"Outward Bound saved me from drugs and alcohol freshman year." - Jason, Reynolds High School
"Outward Bound has completely changed the course of my life. I’ve been continuously given the tools to discover both my positive and negative qualities and ways I can overcome both mental and physical obstacles." –Bridget, Reynolds High School
Our Pinnacle Scholarships allow for vulnerable, low-income students to receive full scholarship to experience our longer wilderness courses. These students are all eligible for the free and reduced lunch program and would never have the opportunity to experience a wilderness course and learn that they are beyond capable of reaching their full-potential.
"This has been and probably will be the most impactful and life-changing experience of my life." - April
"I was able to step out of my comfort zone and expand my physical and mental boundaries. If I had not been given this opportunity, I would not know how far I can push myself to accomplish my goals. I am proud to be the man I am today knowing I can push myself further and further to have a successful future." - Miguel
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