FOOTPATH FOUNDATION

Helping kids discover their fullest potential through outdoor experiences

Westlake, OH   |  www.footpathfoundation.org

Mission

Footpath Foundation is a nonprofit that believes every child should have the opportunity to reach their fullest potential in life. Our mission is to provide outdoor experiences all kids need to become resilient and productive adults. Through outdoor experiences we help kids learn skills to reduce stress and anxiety while increasing their coping skills, problem solving and positive values. We do this by introducing them to nature and through outdoor experiences such as summer camp, outdoor adventures, equestrian therapy and our after-school program, Footpath Nature Club.

Ruling year info

2015

President

Mary Macias

Main address

2839 Waterfall Way

Westlake, OH 44145 USA

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EIN

47-5560117

NTEE code info

Youth Centers, Clubs, (includes Boys/Girls Clubs)- Multipurpose (O20)

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Our programs

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Summer Camp

In 2016, we took 42 kids living in poverty to overnight camp. In 2017, we took 58 kids. In 2018, we had three sessions of camp and served 140 kids who live in poverty or in foster care. We are planning for four sessions of camp and 170 kids for 2019!

In our four day program they have the opportunity to try new things, like swimming in a lake, archery and canoeing. These new experiences give kids increased self-esteem, leadership skills, mindfulness, empathy, team-building and persistence. It also expands their worldview and gives them hope.

Population(s) Served

Footpath Nature Club is an after-school program with an impactful academic and mental health curriculum. With our unique three prong focus, we not only connect children with nature, but the curriculum is designed to get the most possible out of our outdoor program. With the first prong focusing on mental health we teach “intentions”- we teach and practice what it means to set an intention that directly connects to developing a personal internal attribute during the outdoor experience. For instance, we teach patience, integrity and teamwork. The second prong is exposing the children to the natural world in a way that lets them have a new hands on experience and feel part of our natural community. This is important as they learn so much from new experiences and also gets their bodies moving for physical health. Being outdoors and in green space also has proven effects on children’s ability to learn better and to decrease ADHD symptoms as well as stress and anxiety. Lastly, but certainly not least, the curriculum includes a STEM component that gives children a clear scientific insight into nature. This hands-on learning is very effective and children remember what we teach them. This curriculum is unique and reaches youth in an innovative way.

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FOOTPATH FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 10/22/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mary Macias

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No