Stride Ahead, Inc.

Decatur, GA   |  http://www.StrideAhead.org

Mission

The mission of Stride Ahead is to empower people in need in DeKalb County and Georgia to achieve their highest potential using horses as the central therapeutic agent. We use proven methods to provide transformational experiences in personal, social, educational, and physical development.

Ruling year info

2009

Principal Officer

Anne Preston

Main address

125 Ponce de Leon Court

Decatur, GA 30030 USA

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EIN

36-4640060

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Rehabilitative Medical Services (E50)

Animal Related Activities N.E.C. (D99)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Underserved populations in the Atlanta metro area, especially DeKalb county. We are particularly focused on veterans' family mental health, and school children who need intervention to reach their highest potential.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Cowboy Ethics

Character building program for at-risk school children

Cowboy Ethics was established by a not-for-profit organization based in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Private providers are operating the Cowboy Ethics program for school systems across the U.S. 
Stride Ahead intends to provide the Cowboy Ethics program for the DeKalb County school system.

The program provides character building and life skills to at-risk elementary and middle school students of the public schools, typically identified as performing below their potential.  The combination of teaching life skills with academics provides measurable improvement in attendance, academic performance, attention, and social skills.

Activities
The program consists of 12 weekly lessons.  Each lesson is between two and three hours.  The weekly lesson plans contain a classroom component, an experiential equine activity, and an expressive art component.  Each lesson addresses a particular life skill such as respect, punctuality, courage, leadership, or responsibility. Specifically planned objectives, developmental assets, character skills, vocabulary words, projects and activities develop those skills in multiple dimensions.  Academic strengthening in vocabulary, science, history and creative writing are part of the curriculum.  These programs are typically conducted during after-school hours.  An equine professional trained in the Cowboy Ethics curriculum leads each lesson. 

For example, one session involves a reenactment of the Pony Express route, walking the ponies with their mail pouches across a map of the U.S. and through various obstacles under time pressure to get to the next fresh pony and putting the pouch on as quickly as possible.  This lesson teaches the students about history, geography, as well as punctuality, cooperation, communication, and self-control under stress.  Another lesson takes the students through a scientific exploration of the digestive and circulatory system of the horse.  The class ends with the students drawing the organs on the sides of the horse with chalk.

Standards

Cowboy Ethics was developed by Strides to Success, Inc., and has been provided by them since 2005.  Strides to Success, Inc. is a certified NARHA accreditation center, staffed by NARHA and EAGALA certified personnel. They teach the program in a week-long residential training program.  Other private organizations, trained by Strides to Success, Inc. operate the Cowboy Ethics program for school systems across the U.S.
A Stride Ahead equine professional completed the Cowboy Ethics training in 2007.

Population(s) Served

Stride Ahead, Inc. offers diverse therapeutic riding programs lead by professional instructors.  Instructors hold national certifications through theNorth American Riding for the Handicapped Association ("NARHA") , the Equine Facilitated Mental Health Association (“EFMHA”), and Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (“EAGALA”).
 
Our program will operate Monday through Sunday from 9 AM– 2PM each week.
We find strength in our diversity.  Our programs are unique, and our clients and volunteers all bring special knowledge and skills to each session.  Stride Ahead is a community effort bringing together skilled professionals and volunteers to benefit students in grades K-12 with delayed development or emotional issues, all ages in need of community skills based programs, individuals striving against depression, anxiety issues, social anxiety issues, and cancer survivors.
 
Because we customize programs, our clients receive the best in therapeutic riding.  Stride Ahead serves our community members with cerebral palsy, developmental delay, autism, multiple sclerosis, stroke, visual or hearing impairments, sensory integration disorders, learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, speech disorders, traumatic brain injury, and spinal cord injury.
 
Our Team
 
Instructors teach therapeutic riding in both private and group sessions. They also oversee Hippo-therapy or psychotherapy sessions, provided by licensed physical, occupational, neuro-developmental, and speech therapists. Our Instructors have been active with various state, regional, and national NARHA conferences including a rigorous continuing education schedule along with developing presentation ideas and data for various functions.

Volunteers
 
Highly trained volunteers lead the horse and walk beside the rider as needed. A progressive volunteer training program is the root of our volunteer base. Safety Equipment is provided within our program inclusive of: Helmets, safety stirrups, mounting ramps, mounting blocks, and ladder or rainbow reins.
 If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please download our latest volunteer package and schedule your volunteer orientation date.  We offer training and orientation classes for large groups and corporate teams.

Population(s) Served

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Goals & Strategy

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For veterans' families our goal is to transform the family dynamic and individual's ability to be a source of strong, more closely connected, and more resilient family unit. For school children the goal is to provide life-skill and personal growth experiences that will permanently bring the individuals closer to their full potential.

Our clients are guided in intense personal experiences using programs developed by internationally recognized organizations and individuals. The immediacy and intuitive responsiveness of humankind's oldest domesticated partner, the horse, provides un paralleled access to growth and insight for participants. These programs are proven effective, with enduring results.

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Financials

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Stride Ahead, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 12/20/2017
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Anne Preston

no affiliation

Term: 2008 - 2011

Anne Preston

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Chris Lobkowicz

No Affiliation

Christine Rosenblatt

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Christopher Hunnicutt

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Karen Tedeschi

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Amy White

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James Marosek

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