At No Barriers Youth, we invite you to unleash your potential to change the world.

Call to Adventure

The No Barriers Youth journey begins with you answering our call to adventure. It’s a call that asks you to step outside your comfort zone and explore the world with curiosity. You choose one of our programs and then move onto Thoughtful Preparation.

Provocative lessons, facilitated by your teacher or one of our staff, activate new ideas and prepare you in the months leading up to the transformative expedition. Meanwhile, our dedicated staff manages logistics so seamlessly making it easy to get ready for your expedition.

Outrageously exceptional leaders bring you to extraordinary places where you meet inspirational people. You’ll learn about science, culture, leadership and community service as you explore.

With your mindset shifted, you are poised to take action, transformed into what we call a No Barriers Ambassador, forever seeking ways to live a life that matters.

Our Mission

No Barriers Youth is a nonprofit organization with a mission of unleashing YOUR potential to change the world. This can mean many different things to different people and we encourage you to make it personal. What do you care deeply about? What mark do YOU want to make on the world?

We provide transformative journeys for students and educators, primarily middle and high school and strive to make our programs as accessible as possible to people from diverse backgrounds and students with diverse abilities. Formerly known as Global Explorers, we have provided these educational and inspiring programs for students since our inception in 2003.

No Barriers Youth is part of a broader organization, No Barriers USA, which provides transformative experiences for more than just students.  The mission of No Barriers USA is to unleash the potential of the human spirit.  By providing expeditions, retreats, events and tools that empower people to embrace a No Barriers Mindset, all of our No Barriers programs help people discover the potential that lies within themselves and the world.  No Barriers USA serves a variety of populations, including middle and high school students, wounded veterans and adults with disabilities.  To learn more about No Barriers and our other programs, visit www.nobarriersusa.org.

What You Learn

We broaden your mindset… Your skillset is about what you can do.  Your mindset is about what you see, think, and believe and, ultimately, what you can accomplish. Mindset underlies everything you do.  Through meaningful experiences, compelling dialogue, inspirational people and challenging questions… you’ll begin to notice a shift in the way you think about the world and yourself.

*Independent research confirms statistically significant growth in the above areas.

Partners

The Pearson Foundation

The Pearson Foundation, a supporter of our Learning AFAR programs, aims to make a difference by promoting literacy, learning and great teaching.

OtterCares Foundation

The OtterCares Foundation supports scholarships in our home base of Northern Colorado and is dedicated to educating and empowering youth towards positive growth.

NativeEnergy

NativeEnergy helps No Barriers Youth offset the carbon footprint of all of our expeditions by investing in community-based renewable energy projects.

Wimmer Solutions

Wimmer Solutions is a Seattle-based business and technology consulting company whose work is rooted in the belief that care creates community. Wimmer Solutions supports our programs for diverse Seattle-area youth.

The AFAR Foundation

Together, through our Learning AFAR program, the AFAR Foundation and No Barriers Youth promote cross-cultural exchange by sponsoring travel for high-achieving students who could not otherwise afford this experience.

Girl Scouts of the USA

No Barriers Youth provides programming for girls of all backgrounds and abilities, helping them “discover, connect and take action.”

Schlumberger

Schlumberger is a leading oil fields services provider that aims to make a positive difference in priority areas including: education, human health, climate change and the environment. Schlumberger is a sponsor of Learning AFAR Foundation.

Alaska Geographic

Alaska Geographic works alongside many agency and community partners to connect youth to the outdoors through a variety of programs that encourage exploration, understanding, empathy, and stewardship. They support our Climate Change Academy program in Alaska.

In-Country Partners

The Jane Goodall Institute

Through the Roots & Shoots Tanzania program, we organize authentic and educational cross-cultural immersion opportunities as well as meaningful service learning projects.

CONAPAC

This Peruvian nonprofit develops our in-country service projects and promotes rainforest conservation and education for the people who live along the Amazon and Napo rivers.

Sarapique Conservation Learning Center

Focused on environmental education, community development, conservation and tourism, the SCLC assists with service project development in Costa Rica.

Amazon Medical Project

We support the Yanamono Medical Clinic in the remote Amazon basin of northeastern Peru – a regional clinic that provides primary care to families throughout the region.

Grand Canyon Youth

Together with GCY, we provide experiential education along the rivers and canyons of the Southwest, inspiring curiosity and appreciation of the natural world and our community.

Khiri Reach

Khiri Reach helps disadvantaged people in Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. Khiri Reach facilitates our relationship with local communities in Cambodia.

Cambodia Community-Based Ecotourism Network

This network of communities, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions and companies supports, promotes and advocates for sustainable tourism in Cambodia. CCBEN ensures that our youth experiences in Cambodia are authentic and meaningful.

Board

In-Office Staff

Expedition Leaders

Field Instructors

Interns

Other

Careers

Work for Us

No Barriers Youth (NBY) offers unique, life-changing educational experiences to students from around the country. Programs include a continuum of ways to participate, with everything from classroom learning to international expeditions. All of these programs give students a sense of who they are, what they believe, and what they hope to become. In the process, we foster the knowledge, skills and attitudes that empower students to reach their full potential.

Volunteer for Us

No Barriers Youth INTERNSHIPS - several internships available

2015 - 2016 Academic Year Internships: 

 

Youth Expeditions Internship

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No Barriers Youth offers unique, life-changing educational experiences to students from around the country. Programs include a continuum of ways to participate, with everything from classroom learning to international expeditions. All of these programs give students a sense of who they are, what they believe, and what they hope to become. In the process, we foster the knowledge, skills and attitudes that empower students to reach their full potential.

One of the ways to participate within the continuum of education experiences is on a NBY Expedition. Our expedition program provides transformative experiences in some of our planet’s most inspiring classrooms that stretch comfort zones, inspire possibilities, and ignite action. We inspire and equip middle and high school youth and their educators to live a No Barriers Life through a comprehensive educational three-phased travel program. Much more than just cool trips, our programs provide a comprehensive approach to interdisciplinary experiential education through thoughtful preparation, transformative 1-3 week expeditions, and meaningful service upon return home. We serve youth from all different walks of life, backgrounds and abilities through fully-funded scholarship programs as well as fee-for-service programs. We are looking for an exceptional individual to join our NBY expedition team as a program intern for the 2015/2016 academic year. The role of the No Barriers Youth Expeditions Intern is to support all aspects of the administrative needs of the youth expedition program.

Specific job tasks could include (but not limited to):

  • Prepare participants for an amazing travel experience by supporting our client services team (e.g. collect and organize participant information and forms, manage spreadsheets, answer questions and share your passion for travel with clients, participants and families, etc.)
  • Bring the life-changing power of travel to youth from poverty through reviewing, screening, organizing and managing participant scholarship applications
  • Support creation, editing and management of program materials (including varying online and print materials as well as NBY swag)
  • Help research, write and edit NBY curricula (both classroom-based lessons and field activities)
  • Coordinate logistics and support the destinations management team in bringing life-changing itineraries to life! (e.g. make reservations, research vendors, order supplies, support planning and implementation of annual spring Expedition Leader training, etc.)
  • Process program evaluation results to be analyzed by evaluator (data entry)
  • Ensure the success of the third-phase of the “meaningful returns” portion of the program (e.g. processing certificates of completion, managing reports, following-up with clients, etc.)
  • Provide general office admin support (answer phones, process mail and shipments, send materials to print, etc.)

Ideal candidates will have the following skills/characteristics/experience:

  • Acute attention to detail
  • Customer service experience and a professional demeanor
  • Team player
  • Exceptional written and oral communication
  • Familiarity with (or willingness to learn) Adobe InDesign
  • Familiarity with Gmail, Microsoft Xcel, Word and PowerPoint
  • A personal passion for experiential education and “transformative travel”
  • Experience with, or interest in, working with diverse populations such as: youth from poverty, youth who are blind or visually impaired, youth who are deaf or hard of hearing, youth in foster care and/or military youth who have lost a parent in the line of duty
  • Demonstrated personal commitment to the No Barriers Life elements http://www.nobarriersusa.org/nobarrierslife/ 

This internship provides a great opportunity to gain experience in a progressive nonprofit organization located in the heart of old town Fort Collins working with a dynamic team of passionate individuals. All our interns are considered part of our “family” and are included in all team meetings, staff meetings and social events (e.g. all-staff service days, happy hours, etc.)

Duration: September 2015 - May 2016; 15 flexible hours per week, unpaid.

*Successful completion of internship, will include travel expenses and participation in the No Barriers’ Summit during the summer. Participation in other field programs may also be possible. [/expand]

Youth Education Internship

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No Barriers Youth offers unique, life-changing educational experiences to students from around the country. Programs include a continuum of ways to participate, with everything from classroom learning to international expeditions. All of these programs give students a sense of who they are, what they believe, and what they hope to become. In the process, we foster the knowledge, skills and attitudes that empower students to reach their full potential.

The No Barriers Youth Education Intern’s role is to support the development and implementation of programs for schools, including programming to take place in National Parks. 

Tasks include:

  • Support curriculum development for programs in schools and National Parks
  • Research locations and logistical options
  • Make logistical arrangements
  • Coordinate and review program applications
  • Organize participant information and forms
  • Communicate with participants/families/educators
  • Plan for implementation of programming
  • Support the program evaluation process

Duration: September 2015 - May 2016; 15 flexible hours per week, unpaid.

*Successful completion of internship, will include travel expenses and participation in the No Barriers’ Summit during the summer. Participation in other field programs may also be possible. [/expand]

15 hours per week, flexible schedule, unpaid

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