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NYC Outward Bound Schools relies on the financial support of individuals like you. Please consider making a secure, online donation, attending our annual benefit dinner or inquiring about other giving opportunities by contacting Paola Vita.

Subscribe to our newsletter, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, or come find us the old-fashioned way by visiting our offices.

There are a variety of events that you can attend, from climbing our 5-story climbing wall Tuesday-Thursday evenings from April-November to attending our Annual Benefit Dinner & Auction. You can also visit our public schools or provide quality feedback to students by serving as a panelist at our Student-Led Conferences or Performance Based Assessments -- to do so, simply call us at 718-706-9900.

If you love bidding on quality and rare items, then check out our online auction each May/June. All proceeds go to support our work with NYC’s youth.

If you’re an alumnus of an NYC Outward Bound Schools' school or program, we want to hear from you as we consider the best ways to begin building alumni groups and chapters across the City. 

We need your voice to help promote the work that we do. You can submit a testimonial for us to use in promotional materials; share our website, videos, articles and events with your social networks; and forward our emails and invitations to friends and colleagues who might be interested in our mission.

"I regard it as the foremost task of education to insure the survival of these qualities: an enterprising curiosity, an undefeatable spirit, tenacity in pursuit, readiness for sensible self- denial, and above all, compassion."
—Kurt Hahn, Founder, Outward Bound

“There should be an Expeditionary Learning School in every neighborhood in this country, as it is the only design, that I am aware of, where experience is at the center and the things which we experience are those we best remember.”
—Tom Vander Ark, former Executive Director, Education, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

“NYC Outward Bound is…defying the lie, defying the myth, defying the stereotypes about what children can and cannot do.”
—Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education

"NYC Outward Bound is doing what everyone talks about doing: insuring that zip code does not determine one's destiny... They said,'We have a different way.' And their way was right. It was a more holistic,more comprehensive approach that addressed the entire [child], and they have had truly extraordinary success."
-Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Recent News

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    NYC Outward Bound Schools is a Finalist for 2016 Nonprofit Excellence Awards October 7, 2016

    In its 10th year, the New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards is the only award of its kind ​honoring​ excellence in nonprofit management among nonprofits in the five boroughs, Long Island and Westchester. NYC Outward Bound Schools was recognized alongside five other finalists: Jewish Board for Family and Children's Services, Neighbors Link, New York Peace Institute, Per Scholas, and The Children's Aid Society.

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    NYC Outward Bound Schools Named Seminfinalist for 2016 Nonprofit Excellence Awards August 2, 2016

    We are a proud semifinalist of this year’s New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards. The Awards recognize excellence in eight key areas of nonprofit management: results and impact, governance, financial management, diversity and inclusion, human resources, information technology, communications, and fundraising. Finalists will be announced in October, 2016.

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    MELS Achieves Rare 100% Grad Rate July 28, 2016

    MELS' first senior class achieved a 100% 4-year June graduation rate. This achievement is especially remarkable considering that MELS is an unscreened public school - only one other unscreened public school in New York City has achieved this between 2006 and 2015.


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