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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

40 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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!

1

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.

1

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.

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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.

1

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!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had Kris come in to do a series of nutritional classes for our students. He did a great job engaging with our students, and continuously changed the beat of his lectures to keep the kids interested. We also loved the food that he presented; like most kids, our students are averse to veggies, but Kris was able to make the food more appetizing. These classes were truly informative, and it was our pleasure to have Kris at our site.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I work with low income residents in Brea, CA. We had Kris come out and give Nutrition classes to the after school program youth. He was very professional, engaging, and knowledgeable on the subject. He kept the lessons fun for the kids and encouraged them to try the healthy food/snacks he provided for them. The students learned a lot and would talk about the lessons with me after he had left. His visuals and facts were critical to the kids' learning. He never made any of the kids feel bad for having a wrong answer, rather he talked it out with them until they arrived at a right answer by themselves. I would enthusiastically recommend America On Track (and especially Kris) to any programs looking to host Nutrition Classes.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a mentor at America On Track for the past year. Becoming a mentor at America On Track is one of the best decisions I have ever made!!! I look forward to meeting with my mentee every week. All together it has been such a rewarding experience. It's also great to know that I have a strong team of people at America On Track that are willing to help should the need arise. My favorite part about America On Track is that it offers parents education on nutrition. America On Track also encourages children to read by giving them free books that are age and reading level appropriate.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We here at the Villa appreciate Diane, our nutritionist for so many reasons. She provides us with nutritional facts such as label reading on food packaging. She explains to us exactly what each section means and the recommended serving size.
Diane also provides us with tips on grocery shopping. She has informed us on how to shop on a budget and how to double check the receipts after purchasing to ensure we have paid the correct amount.
She gives us valuable tips on how to deal with young children while shopping at the grocery store. As we all know, children tend to want everything when shopping. She has given us ideas and suggestions on ways to distract children while shopping to avoid over buying on needless items.
Overall, Diane has taught us how to maintain healthy lives through our eating habits, and she has taught us how to manage our grocery purchases on a budget.
We truly appreciate all the information she has provided to us. We would like to thank Diane for helping the ladies here at the Villa learn the value of nutrition and we would also like to thank her for the delicious salads she brings to us every week. Diane's efforts are much appreciated.
Sincerely, The Women at The Villa

2 Diana97

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for America On Track’s Brighter Futures for Children of Prisoners Program for the past 4 years in which I mentor a beautiful little girl once a week for two hours.

This is a very structured program where the results are very rewarding not only for the mentees and their families but for the mentors as well. Aside from the guidance that the mentors receive from the cofounders of the organization, Terry and Claire, as well as the staff of the organization the many advantages that come from the program are: Special outings such as free tickets to events at the Honda Center, letters of recommendation for the mentors, a Holiday Party where mentees receive Christmas gifts and mentors get awards and recognition for their volunteer hours, STEM activities, free books for the mentees, free mini-golf tickets, a really fun summer educational camp where I got the chance to be a counselor this past summer and free health seminars for the families.

Being a part of this organization has taught me a great deal of things. Although challenging at times, being with my mentee has been a wonderful experience that I would not change for anything. Additionally, the support that I have received from Terry and Claire have made me push myself into becoming not only a better mentor but a well rounded person thanks to the various conversations we’ve had at the different events. It is clear that they personally care about each and every one of us involved in this wonderful program.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a mentor with America On Track for 10 years. I stick with this organization because I see the positive impact it has on the children it is helping. Moreover, I notice something very special about its founders, Terry and Claire: they remember the names of all the children (as much as I can observe while attending the events they organize). My mentee has 6 other siblings, and Terry and Claire remember their names, even the ones who are too young to be in a mentoring program. This is one of the clear indications that these two wonderful ladies care about the children they are helping. When people care, good things happen, and lives are changed for the better.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

America on Track is awesome! I did not have to wait too long to be paired up with a mentee. They are great at being accessible for both the mentors and mentees. I could have not found a better non-pofit.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just started volunteering with America on Track this year, and I've loved every minute of it! It's a wonderful way to create fundamental relationships with others, learn about successful ways to manage life and blossom into a great leader. I have no doubt that America On Track is doing very good things for the community and will continue to do so for many years to come.

1 John373

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is the most wonderful non-profit!
I have spent three years as a mentor in America On Track's Emerging Leaders Program and have loved all of them. I have seen this non-profit change the lives of youth for the better, and think it deserves support.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with America on Track for a few months now and am really enjoying getting to know my mentee.
Terry and Melody have been wonderful in the training process and introducing me to my mentee.
I would highly recommend
America on Track for anyone that wants to reach out and help others!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering as an America On Track mentor to the child of a prisoner brings me great joy. Watching my mentee blossom from a smart, but shy girl into a more confident young woman who eagerly participates in new experiences, initiates conversations and shares her interests is truly heartwarming. In addition, searching for opportunities that will encourage my mentee's interest in science and literature and expand her horizons has ultimately expanded my own horizons. Through it all, America On Track is there to help - providing incredible support for mentors with comprehensive training, free group outings, an amazing holiday party (where many mentees receive their only gifts of the season), free books and a knowledgeable and caring staff. Thank you, Terry and Claire. Brighter Futures for Children of Prisoners sets a high standard for mentoring programs and brightens the lives of mentors as well as mentees.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great, unselfish foundation! I was matched with a mentee in June 2015 and have loved every moment of it. Thanks to America on track for providing me an opportunity to impacts lives!

3 Kenneth P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been with America On Track for 4 years and each year, I have always come out as a new person with more developed and skilled leadership qualities. Within the Emerging leaders program, one of America On Track's many amazing programs, High school students like me are paired with their elementary student counterparts under a supervised setting and are put through a year long journey to become better leaders through academic lessons and physical fitness activities. As I prepare for college, I can proudly recognize my time spent with America On Track as my most proud and valuable extra curricular activity. All in all, America On Track and its founders, Terry and Claire, will continue to inspire me throughout my college years and distant future. I will always be grateful for everything they've provided me with and the kind of individual they transformed me into.

1 Lauren100

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with America On Track years ago. There are few pursuits in my life that have left such a feeling of inspiration and gratitude. This organization has created an extended family for hundreds of children, who's lives have been impacted by mentors and friends that love them, believe in them in ways they deserve.