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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Food, Nutrition, Physical Fitness & Community Recreational Facilities, Sports, Youth Development Programs

Mission: AOT’s mission is to inspire brighter futures by building youth leaders, supporting families, and strengthening communities through life-transforming programs. Our vision is to create more vibrant communities by addressing social inequities and health disparities through evidence-based programs that focus on leadership development, mentoring, academic achievement, fitness & nutrition, and drug use prevention. Our motto: Creating Brighter Futures for Communities & Youth since 1995!

Programs: America On Track (AOT), an award winning nonprofit, was founded in 1995 to fill identified service delivery gaps in the fields of youth leadership development, mentoring, fitness and nutrition education, drug use prevention, and policy development throughout Orange County. AOT breaks the cycle of poverty, incarceration, and hopelessness through long-term youth development, education, and life-enhancing programs. AOT brings hope and unique proven services to over 22,000 unduplicated individuals per year, which equates to over 400,000 units of service annually, and is one of the most fiscally efficient and effective nonprofit organizations in Orange County with 91 cents of every dollar going directly to client support. AOT achieves its mission and vision by providing families with resources and a support system for their children that incorporates multi-faceted life-transforming programs. The goal is to help these families and children become more self-sufficient and more knowledgeable in terms of the value of education, better health choices, and where to find resources to improve their lifestyles. We specialize in helping the most vulnerable children and families in the most difficult situations. As a result of its experience with these challenging populations, AOT has developed training techniques that focus on vulnerable children and families, ultimately sustaining, preserving, and empowering them in the individual, family, and community domains. As our programs are backed by thorough research and outside scientific evaluation, experience and passion, with 91 cents of every dollar going directly to proven programs, our donor dollars achieve desired goals and successful outcomes year-after-year. We are proud to announce that we have been awarded more than 20 Local, State, and National Awards for outstanding service to the community.

Community Stories

39 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

America On Track has been visiting us at the Buena Park Senior Activity Center and providing educational workshops as well as bringing samples to go along with our two food pantry programs. It has been an exceptional partnership as we have been able to provide our seniors with much needed resources. Since America On Track started visiting our site, our seniors have received additional information on how to live a healthy lifestyle as well as learned a few tips on how to save money when purchasing food at the grocery store. In all, we are happy to have America on Track visit our center and we look forward to continuing our partnership in providing our seniors with the best resources.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Interning at America on Track over the Summer was a rewarding experience that helped to show me how much work a non-profit can do to benefit the community. The staff I had the pleasure of working with were kind, helpful and truly enjoyed helping the communities they worked with move towards a healthier life. I feel America on Track has done great things for the community and will continue to for many years to come.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

America on track has been doing a Amazing job for the Buena Park Community for Jamboree housing. Many residents from Park Landing apartments have expressed on how helpful America on track is and how they really enjoy these classes and want to continue having more. Kaylyn has done a wonderful job by providing very educational classes and yet very fun. Many residents really enjoy learning to eat healthier and knowing that America on track and Jamboree Housing is there to provide the best services for Park Landing Apartments.
Excited for these next couple months that America on track will be providing for our summer program with my students!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

America on Track has been coming to our Preschool Program with their multi lesson nutrition series teaching the children about healthy nutrition and its benefits. The children have enjoyed the classes and the variety of ways the information has been presented. They especially enjoyed the fun physical and interactive activities Jazmine used to explain things to them. The children were never rush and always given an opportunity to participate. One child even commented to me "I like Jazmine because I'm shy and she is so patient with me. I like that." We have 3 back to back sessions and they have been so support by making themselves available to attend all 3 sessions and provide all the children of the center with the nutrition classes which I know can generally be very challenging for program such as there's to be able to do, but they make it work. The nutrition message America on Track teaches aligns with our center philosophy and we appreciate having the opportunity to have them here and also look forward to working with them in the future. Thank you, Lisa Site Supervisor Figueroa CDC

1 Analilia C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a Mother of three children and 4 grandchildren. For my personal improvement and good health, I am involved in two committees in the city I live in: Buena Park. Through these committees I have the opportunity to collaborate and volunteer with America On Track. They have given support based on nutrition, rethink your drink, and how to read a label. The guidance on these topics has changed my family’s eating habits, allowing us to lose weight. It is surprising that a good motivation can make a positive change based off food, mental, and physical instruction. I thank the optimism of all the people who collaborate in this wonderful center. America On Track, keep promoting good health.

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AmericaOnTrack 05/31/2018

Thanks so much Analilia! We absolutely love partnering with you and the wonderful Buena Park FIT Committee residents! :)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I enjoyed my time Interning in the office at America on Track. Everyone on the staff is super nice, professional, and positive. I got to do a lot of things for the tobacco programs that included created press releases, data entry, and even conducting surveys. I've learned the importance of raising community awareness while the time I was here and I hope my work will make a difference in the community.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

America on Track came to my classroom to speak to my high school freshmen about the dangers of e-cigs and vapes. This was really interesting to my students because so many kids these days just dont understand the risk of experimenting with these devices. America on Track did a great job educating the students on the harmful and dangerous effects of this addiction.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I really liked how Kris kept the students engaged when he came in to present the nutrition class at our school. He was well prepped and knew what he was talking about. Nicely done.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This presentation got the students engaged. They know about it already and for them to participate as much as they did was good to see. The graphics got their attention since many of them only see the "glamorous" side of it and the "social" side of it. America on Track showed the reality of it. If you have not had them come to your site to present to students I highly recommend it. They adapted to my classes to repeat content as my students were required to take cornell notes during the presentation. Great to work with.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

Kris did a great job with the students in his nutrition classes. The students enjoyed the healthy treats and they were always excited to come to his class. He knew what he was doing and he was able to deliver the information clearly. I did not get a chance to thank him personally, but I'm hoping this message gets to him. Thank you, Mr. Kris, from Raymond Temple. -Ms. Pascual

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Mr. Kris visited our After School Program in Buena Park for five sessions as part of the nutrition course America On Track offers to the youth. The kids who attended were overall very attentive. They enthusiastically answered questions and asked plenty of questions too. Kids especially were happy to receive healthy snacks as part of the course. The models (e.g. muscle and fat) that Kris brought as demonstrations for how our body reacts to proper or improper nutrition were very useful in helping the kids visualize and retain the concepts. I think Mr. Kris was an excellent instructor. He really captured and held the kids' attention. I think his way of explaining the lessons were simple and clear, perfect for kids! Thank you Kris and America On Track for coming to teach the kids the importance of nutrition. The information was very valuable.

2 Kayla B.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I absolutely love America on Track! I interned for this organization over the summer, and had such a wonderful experience. Every staff member was kind and extremely dedicated to their work. The organization has such a big impact on children's lives.

1 Kiana B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Interning for America On Track has affected my life in so many positive ways. Not only did I learn what it's like to work in a professional setting, but I got to work for a great cause surrounded by friendly and compassionate people. The mentorship program for children of prisoners is one of the several amazing programs that America On Track offers. This wonderful organization continues to make a positive impact on the lives of those in Orange County and I am so blessed to have been a part of the cause.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Here at FVHS we really appreciate being able to participate in the Tobacco Prevention Project presented and fully run by America on Track. Their whole team were professional and great with our students and staff. It is a worth while program we would recommend to other schools to participate in this no cost project that is good for kids.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My experience with America on Track has been incredible, the information provided during the nutrition classes have such a positive impact on people and motivates them to obtain a healthier eating lifestyle!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I love the idea that the students strive to improve their fitness. Nutrition is included. They are learning about vegetables and long term effects. (Principal comments)

Fourth grade says, "It's so much fun! We're getting more exercise. We work as a team. The teacher is really nice. "

In third grade, Rachel says, " I learned that vegetables can be delicious.' Collette said, " We are getting healthy by playing fun games." All of third grade chimed in, "I wish we had it every day!"

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our center had had representatives from America On Track teach our students in grades 1-6 about nutrition. Through the sessions the students learn about making healthier snack and food choices along with being able to taste test a variety of healthy snack options. The students get survey'd too and overall they really enjoy the classes.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

WTLC works with survivors of domestic violence and exploitation. America on Track provides us with a service that is key. We see our role as creating program that changes the health of communities. The partnership has made this accessible. We provide emotional support and America on Track helps with the basic needs that change health outcomes. wouldn't be so far without their work.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

America on Track is one of the best non profits. I am an Education and Economics major at Chapman University and have volunteered at many nonprofits and I still would say the aforementioned. As an intern for mainly the Mentoring for Children of Prisoners program, I was able to really see what goes behind the scenes. All the staff are so nice, energetic, and helpful. They stick to their goals and care about the quality of service they provide. For instance, for the end of year party, the staff put so much thought in the presents and activities for not only the mentors and mentees but also the siblings of the mentees. Additionally, they do stringent background checks to make sure that those who receive the service are given the best. Interning at this nonprofit allowed me to see that really a nonprofit should work with utmost care and respect. I am very grateful that I was able to help and be part of such an inspiring group.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I want America On Track and others to know how amazing it was to be a mentor. I really enjoyed my time with my mentee and am grateful programs like this exist to make communities come together and amicably advance. Thank you for this incredible experience.

The directors are passionate about these kids and want the best for them. That's what the future needs.