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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 connecting kids with nature to develop personal growth and improve access to the natural world. These experiences are the building blocks that help kids become responsible adults and leaders in their communities. Footpath Foundation provides children who lack access to the natural world the kinds of outdoor activities that enrich their overall development, health and well-being. Along the way, nature helps teach kids important lessons about equality, resilience, anti-racism and empowerment. Outdoor experiences change lives.

Ruling year info

2015

CEO

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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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
Children and youth

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.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth

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FOOTPATH FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 01/26/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mary Macias

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/20/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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