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Nonprofit Overview

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

Mission: America On Track's mission is to help children and families from all walks of life move toward a brighter future. The organization's vision is to create healthier communities by providing evidence-based programs that focus on leadership development, mentoring, fitness & nutrition, drug use prevention, and academic achievement.

Programs: Physical education program (pep): in 2011, america on track received another 3-year carol m. White physical education program grant to implement the on track through fitness project, a comprehensive physical activity, health, and nutrition program to directly serve k-12 students to help them meet state standards. On track through fitness was designed by incorporating multiple evidence-based model programs to serve disadvantaged hispanic youth living in the most impoverished neighborhoods in santa ana, california. America on track, with eight collaborative community partners, addresses critical gaps as well as enhances health and fitness services at nine schools (four ocde/access high schools and five private catholic k - 8 schools). The overall goal is to improve the children's physical education by providing instruction in physical fitness activities, healthy eating habits, and good nutrition, with an ultimate goal of creating lifelong healthier habits. Evaluation results: aot staff continued to provide weekly physical education and nutrition education sessions for over 1,700 students at 9 school sites. After researching the latest state-of-the-art multisensory brain-body fitness training systems, aot donated a $30,000 system (from allocated pep funds) to christ cathedral academy. Smart (sensory, motor, activity, reaction, training) technology integrates brain fitness with body fitness -- it improves speed, reactions, and concentration in a fun, challenging, full-body workout experience for all ages and abilities. Aot coordinated training sessions to help the school staff learn how to use the new equipment. In partnership with northgate markets, aot supported their viva la salud project by donating two brand-new produce coolers for two of their santa ana stores. The new produce coolers are prominently featured at the front of the produce section near the entrance of the store and they include a sign that promotes america on track and a healthy living message. Finally, aot partnered with the city of santa ana to help build their 4th exercise park at memorial park. Through funds from our physical education program grant specifically allocated for fitness equipment, america on track donated $45,000 to the city of santa ana and worked with them to identify the fabulous greenfields exercise equipment that was installed. Aot has seen outstanding results with the pep project: 47% increase in the % of students meeting cardiovascular fitness targets and 48% increase in the % of students reporting consuming the recommended minimum of two fruits and three vegetables daily (among other great results).

america on track continued to implement a tobacco prevention project (an innovative, comprehensive, community-based program that is being implemented throughout orange county - funded by the orange county health care agency) in the cities of orange, newport beach, rancho santa margarita, san juan capistrano, and mission viejo. The goal of the project is to lower youth access to tobacco. This is done by working with local tobacco retailers (274 in the 5 targeted cities) to educate them on the state laws that prohibit selling tobacco to minors. Evaluation results: aot staff conducted over 800 merchant education training sessions with the commercial tobacco retailers, which led to the following results: i) lowered the number of retailers willing to sell tobacco to minors to zero; ii) helped 235 out of 274 (86. 4%) commercial tobacco retailers become compliant with window signage laws; iii) helped 207 out of 274 (75%) commercial tobacco retailers reach the 5 star merchant status; iv) raised by 179% the number of people who knew the $200 fine for providing tobacco to a minor from year 1 to year 3. Additionally, aot staff conducted over 100 presentations to businesses, civic groups, and parent organizations and collected 2,147 pre and post surveys.

america on track is implementing a 5-year grant (2010-2015) from the california tobacco control project to reduce secondhand smoke exposure in santa ana, orange, tustin, and costa mesa for our smoke-free outdoor dining and smoke-free child care objectives, and throughout orange county for our smoke-free multi-unit housing objective. Evaluation results: efforts under this grant during fy2014 have yielded the following results: 11 multi-unit housing complexes and 1 condominium association adopted a 100% smoke-free policy including individual units and balconies, representing a total of 720 residential units; 35 licensed residential child care facilities adopted 100% smoke-free policies for their properties, and 13 restaurants adopted smoke-free outdoor dining policies.

Community Stories

34 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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.

1

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.

1 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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Dulce Arias delivered a great presentation to 3 of my junior classes at Westminster High School on Friday March 31st! She was very informative and engaging. My students learned about E-cigs, which is very relevant to their social circle and peer age group. I hope that the information Dulce shared will motivate my students to live a healthy and clean life!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Santa Ana community apartments had the great benefit of having Diane come out and give Nutrition classes to our residents. She was very professional, engaging, and knowledgeable. Her lessons were super fun and encouraged the residents to change their nutrition habits.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

America on Track is a great organization dedicated to helping people improve their health through education. This is the 2nd year I have worked with them to help educate low income adults about their nutrition choices and how these choices can affect their health. Kris is an excellent presenter, he kept the clients engaged, brought informative hand outs and displays to give residents visual references about their bodies and health. Kris shared recipes with samples to show residents how they can prepare nutritious meals and snacks on a budget. The America on Track presentations have encouraged residents to eat healthier, try new things and make a more conscious effort in caring for their health. I look forward to bringing them back next year to present.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

America on track has been a great addition to the programs at our facility. We have collaborated with this agency for the past few years and our families LOVE IT! The educational components along with the easy to understand recipes are always a hit! Considering we are one of the cities with the highest obesity rate in Orange County, I believe it is imperative that we assist the families by offering these types of classes. Diana is also great with the kids to the point that she knows most of them by name. We always look forward to hosting these wonderful programs at our facility and I believe America On Track is leading the way for our future by teaching them the basics of nutrition and giving them the hands on training to try these recipes with their families.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Kris and Diana were beyond exceptional with our class and teaching our students about nutrition. The students loved them and the foods they brought. We hope to see you next year!