Education Without Walls is a year round program designed to help motivated teens achieve academic and personal goals. Our mission-driven program targets academic and personal development in order to equip our students with new skills to help them achieve their goals.

VISION: A world in which motivated teens overcome unfair barriers associated with poverty and develop their talents to achieve academic and personal goals.

MISSION: Through the application of meaningful outdoor expeditions and ongoing mentorship, provide academic and personal support to motivated teens with financial needs.

mission & vision

New Hanover County Schools funded sixteen homeless students to participate in the first two ever Education Without Walls trips. They've contributed every year since then.

new hanover county schools

2013

2011

2010

april 2019

Eshelman Foundation provided Education Without Walls with $11,410. They've contributed every year since then.

Eshelman Foundation donation

january 2015

2013

2011

2010

2011

Landfall Foundation contributed $4,185 to Education Without Walls.

Landfall Foundation contribution

january 2015

January 2015

2013

2011

2013

United Way of Cape Fear commits to $5,000 in funding over each of the next three years for Education Without Walls scholarships.

The United way donation

january 2016

January 2015

january 2015

2013

JAN 2015

Education Without Walls receives the first of two $15,000 grants for scholarships from Vertex Outreach Services.

vertex donation

March 2016

January 2016

january 2015

january 2015

JAN 2015

Education Without Walls receives the second $15,000 grant for scholarship funding from Vertex Outreach Services.

vertex donation no. 2

December 2016 

March 2016

january 2016

january 2015

JAN 2016

Whole Foods Market in Wilmington, N.C., chooses Education Without Walls as its featured Community Giving Day partner.

whole foods community giving day

June 12, 2017

December 2016 

march 2016

january 2016

MARCH 2016

The National Park Service awards a $25,000 Challenge Cost Share Program Grant to Education Without Walls, allowing select students to participate on a Summer 2017 trip of a lifetime to Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve.

$25,000 national park service grant

June 28-July 19. 2017

June 12, 2017

December 2016

march 2016

DEC 2016

Panera Bread sponsors a Fundraising Night at its marque store in Wilmington, N.C., for students chosen to participate in Education Without Walls’ June 2017 trip to Alaska.

panera bread helps raise funds for education without walls

june 12, 2017

June 28-July 19. 2017

december 2016

August 2017

JUNE 2017

Nine (9) Education Without Walls students and three (3) NCOAE field instructors travel to Wrangell-St Elias National Park and Preserve in Alaska to work alongside a National Park Service archaeologist to clear brush and woody debris within the Chititu Historic Mining Landscape, where structures and features had been degraded by the encroaching forest and harsh weather, and have not received sufficient maintenance in years.

education without walls visits alaska

june 28-july 19, 2017

August 2017

june 12, 2017

February 2018

JUNE 2017

Education Without Walls forms as a 501(c)3 Not-for-profit organization.

a 501(c)3 is born

march 2018

April 2018

february 2018

August 2018

MARCH 2018

EducationNC — an independent source of news, data, and analysis about education for the people of North Carolina — profiles Education Without Walls in a seven-minute feature video. Watch “Beyond the Classroom” here.

education without walls featured in video from education nc

September 2018

August 2018

april 2018

march 2018

APRIL 2018

Education Without Walls started as a program offered by The National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education (NCOAE). In 2018, after eight years of incubation and support, we created an organization of our own. Today, Education Without Walls is recognized by the IRS as a self-sustaining 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, complete with its own administration staff and board of directors. Students enrolled in Education Without Walls continue to participate in backcountry adventures, which are guided on Education Without Walls’ behalf by NCOAE’s field instructors. 

our history

Raise funds to offer 44 motivated youth a full scholarship to participate in Education Without Walls in 2019.

Our Chief Objective

Through the application of outdoor and experientially based adventure education, provide academic and life skill guidance and support to motivated teens with financial needs.

Our No. 1 Priority

Enroll, support, and graduate as many qualifying students as possible. 

Our Primary Goal

Just as we encourage our students to do, Education Without Walls as an organization, is guided by goals, priorities, and objectives. Here’s a small taste of what we’re up to in 2019:

2019 Goals, Priorities, and Objectives

88% of our students increased levels of self-actualization

65% improved their decision making

76% enhanced communication skills

82% experienced increased self-esteem

86% improved leadership skills

92% were successfully promoted to the next grade

78% increased or maintained classes passed


Education Without Walls fills a critical need. That’s because data concerning participating students’ academic performance and personal growth and development markers are difficult if not impossible to ignore and support: 

THE WORK WE DO MATTERS!

Board Chair

Great not-for-profit organizations are led at the board level by skilled business leaders who have a passion for governance and long-term planning. That pretty much describes our board chair, Mr. Troy Williamson.

Board Member

Amy L. Feath received her BA in Speech Communications in 1991 from Penn State University, and received her Victim Services Practitioner (VSP) Certificate in 2016. Amy is currently the executive Director at the Carousel Center which is an accredited Child Advocacy Center.

Board Member

Mr. William Hunter Holland is a Lecturer in the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Recreation, Sport Leadership & Tourism Management Department, and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management from Clemson University.

Board Member

Susanna Hazelwood is Academy Director/Instructional Coach for New Hanover County Schools in Wilmington, N.C.

Board Member

Cameron Francisco is the Director of Student & Academic Life at Friends School of Wilmington

Student Advocate

Kacie's experience as a camp counselor for three Summers taught her how impactful and fun mentoring students in the outdoors can be. Her vision for empowering students to take a step in discovering and becoming who they want to be came right alongside the mission of Education Without Walls. In her spare time she is probably swing dancing, exploring the woods, or reading. 

Student Advocate

Morgan is currently a 2nd year student in the Master of Social Work program at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She graduated from Gettysburg College in 2013 with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Morgan is excited to help promote the mission of Education Without Walls and help the students through the position of Student Advocate.

Student Advocate

Colleen is originally from New Jersey and is currently studying to get her Bachelors degree in Social Work, as well as a minor in Psychology, at UNCW. After graduating she hopes to join the Peace Corps as an English education teacher for teens. Colleen enjoys spending her free time at the beach and volunteering in the community. Her favorite outdoor memory is when she got to see the Giant Sequoias trees in Yosemite.

Student Advocate

Nita is originally from West Palm Beach, Florida. Nita is currently in her senior year, studying at UNCW to earn her bachelor’s in Social Work. After graduation, she plans to do an additional year at UNCW to earn her master’s in Clinical Social Work so she may work as a therapist for youth. Nita enjoys spending her free time at the skate park and being at the beach. Her favorite outdoor memory is staying deep in the valleys of Chichicastenango, Guatemala, while visiting her family.

Student Advocate

Allison is from Eastern North Carolina and is currently in the advanced-standing Master of Social Work program at UNCW. She enjoys her free time being around water, whether it’s the beach, a lake, or a river and she loves being around animals. Her favorite outdoor memory is white water rafting on the French Broad River and being the only one to not fall off the raft!

info@EducationWithoutWalls.net

Contact Form

(910) 399-8090

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info@EducationWithoutWalls.net

Contact Form

(910) 399-8090

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