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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

55 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Lisa G.7

Client Served

Rating: 5

Over 508 students participated in our America On Track Nutrition Classes. The classes were interesting and the students and staff enjoyed the program. Not only was it a wonderful health education program, it also promoted parent involvement. Our parents volunteered each day and enjoyed being able to help.

Thank You America On Track.

Katelina Leasi T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Mr.Kris visited our summer feeding program. He did a great job educated the student about how important Nutrition we eat everyday. Students even enjoyed healthy snacks and myself tried some of the snack was really good. Thank you America on Track and especially Mr.Kris for all his hard work..

Katelina. Leasi from Centralia School District

Advisor

Rating: 5

Kris Rankin is great! He has done a couple of classes with our teens at The Boys & Girls Club of Buena Park. When I say they love him, I mean it! They are always asking me when he is coming back. I need to start writing all his recipes down because they love his snacks. They rave about how amazing his snacks are and how surprised they are that something that good is healthy. He has not only taught our teens a lot, he has taught many of our parents a couple of things . He stopped by a couple times this summer and talked to our parents on the way out and they are just as amazed has our teens. We will be definitely be continuing this partnership.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Kris, from America on Track is an exemplary health educator. Titans ASES Students at Whitaker Elementary in Buena Park received him well and were always excited to see him on his visiting days. Many students were skeptical to try the healthy treats he provided for them, but his encouraging words brought them around. Kris manages classrooms in a polite, but assertive manner. "Mr. Kris", as the students call him, is a complete professional and I highly recommend him at any school.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I loved having these Nutrition Classes in my community! Kris Rankin did a great job working with my kiddos. He kept them engaged and worked well with the students who need a little extra attention. Throughout the planning process, Kris kept me informed and responded to emails/questions quickly. My kids and I learned a lot of valuable information. I am excited to take this knowledge and apply it in my program!

1 LesleeMilch

Client Served

Rating: 5

THANK YOU America On Track for all your hard work, reaching out to parents and providing classes, resources and support at my summer READ WITH ME park reading program at Bellis Park in Buena Park. About 100 kids with their parents come to the park each Wednesday during the summer to READ WITH ME, check out books from the Buena Park library, enjoy a healthy snack from Giving Children Hope and pizza from Premier Chevrolet. Diana has been VERY helpful in helping coordinate other volunteers to come to the park and share with the children, including OC Fire Authority and the OC Health Care Agency to talk to the children about fireworks, pool and bicycle safety. With so many parents joining us each week, I quickly realized the opportunity to help support parents also. America On Track readily agreed to support the parents however they could. So each week while I read with the children Kris and Berna spend time with the parents providing resources and parenting classes on the topics the parents are requesting such as nutrition, parenting skills, exercise and more! You are AWESOME, Diana, Kris and Berna! I appreciate you all so much! Hope to see you joining us next summer too! Mrs. M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

America On Track was so beneficial not only for the children in my summer program but all throughout the Buena Park community of which they served. Kris Rankin did an amazing job educating the students on proper nutrition and the importance of a healthy diet. I definitely recommend this organization and this specific health educator, Kris. My students loved their nutrition classes. Thank you America On attack!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My internship experience at America On Track was very humbling. I got to work alongside each department to see how much work they put in to give children hope for their future. The staff welcomed me with open arms and guided me through the many questions I had in understanding the different aspects of a non-profit. I am grateful to have spent four months interning at America on Track and for the staff who supported my goals along the way.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the amazing experience of interning at America on Track for 10 weeks through the UCI Practicum website. It was an eye opening experience working with children and adolescents throughout Santa Ana and Irvine. I learned a lot and loved how hands on my work was. The staff were all phenomenal and aided in guiding me through the different programs and the types of work they do.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had my internship with America On Track for the last ten weeks. It was an amazing and humbling experience to work with children and adolescents around Orange County. I have learned a lot about health and wellness in the past 10 weeks and will definitely miss the friends I have made at this organization.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Kris Rankin is an outstanding presenter. He was prepared, knew the material, and kept the students engaged in a non-threatening but demanding manner. Buena Terra students learned a lot from the nutrition classes he led.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The nutrition instructor, Kris was very well recieved by the students at the after school program (Titans ASES in Buena Park). The lessons were very engaging and I would definitely recommend America on Track.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Jasmine delivered great groups to our ladies at WISEPlace, her tips were so useful and she provided snacks and activities to keep the ladies involved!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was an intern for Fall 2018 for American on Track - Emerging Leaders and it was a pleasant experience overall. The kids are great and staff is very kind; and the program I had the pleasure of helping out for was very enriching for the children. Overall great experience!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of Interning with America On Track during fall of 2018. All of the employees that I worked with in the Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention program have a strong passion towards what they do. Through community intervention they are able to educate high risk populations on healthier eating and ways to become more active. The organization itself places a strong emphasis on giving back to the community through multiple programs they offer.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hector, from America on Track provided two presentations to our parents about how to find inexpensive ways to eat healthy. The information given was clear, interesting and helpful.
He was very accommodating to our parents and made sure to answer all of their questions. The class was very interactive and his enthusiasm made the workshop fun and engaging. America on Track is lucky to have such passionate staff.

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.

1

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!

1

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