Through close partnerships with schools and youth-serving agencies, Omaha Outward Bound School programs teach underserved students valuable life skills that are often left unaddressed in the typical classroom setting. Outward Bound programming has greater impact on students lives through regular, progressive activities over time.

In 2007, the NorthStar Foundation was created to focus on the critical, unmet needs of North Omaha’s young men, beginning in fifth grade, with the goal of helping them grow into healthy, educated, employed contributors to the community. NorthStar is the only gender-specific, after-school program for boys in Greater Omaha. NorthStar’s vision is to change lives through programming that supports, challenges, inspires, and instills a life rooted in education, self-discipline and service to the community.

Omaha Outward Bound School is housed at the NorthStar facility and delivers 9-week leadership development curriculum to grade-specific cohorts throughout the school year. During the summer, Outward Bound delivers multi-day programming and expeditions for youth enrolled in Camp NorthStar.

The mission of Omaha Northwest High School, a Community of Learners, is to provide educational opportunities which enable all students to achieve and lead in academic success and prepare students for the 21st Century.

Omaha Outward Bound School delivers an experiential leadership development program to a cohort of upperclassman to prepare them for life after high school, and a 4-year leadership program for freshman to enhance their high school experience through graduation.




The mission of Howard Kennedy Elementary School is to provide educational opportunities that enable all students to achieve their highest potential.

The school is part of the neighborhood revitalization project, 75 North, that aims to breathe new life into the north Omaha Highlander neighborhood.

Prior to re-opening in August 2016, Omaha Outward Bound School delivered two days of teambuilding for the entirely new school staff.

For the entire month of June 2017, Outward Bound partnered with Howard Kennedy to deliver a daily experiential learning program for their summer school students. In the morning, students would engage in traditional summer school programming focused on reading, writing and math. In the afternoon, they were Outward Bound. The program was designed to support students in developing self-confidence, personal creativity and a love of learning; to strengthen the school culture; and to create strong relationships through project-based learning initiatives and mindfulness activities. The 20-day Outward Bound program promoted positive culture in the classroom, goal setting, willingness to ask for help, universal respect for each other and adults, and transference of culture and learning to the next school year and life beyond the classroom.



Fontenelle is a diverse community of learners where parents, teachers, students, and community work together to achieve excellence in education.

Omaha Outward Bound School delivers a monthly experiential leadership development program to Fontenelle’s 200 4th & 5th grade students to prepare them for school leadership and transition into middle school.

Additionally, we deliver quarterly programming for Fontenelle’s 50 staff to build school culture and develop new tools for the classroom environment.


This program is generously underwritten by:


In addition to our year-round partnerships, we deliver regular day programming for corporations, nonprofits and schools.

Advantage Solutions
Arbor Bank
Avenue Scholars
Bank of the West
BlueCross BlueShield of Nebraska
Boy Scouts
BPS Bellevue West High School
BPS Logan Fontenelle Middle School
Brownell Talbot School
Buford Foundation
Building Healthy Futures
Central States Group
Con Agra
Cox Communications
Countryside Community Church
Creighton Medical
Creighton Prep
Creighton University
District 66: Oakdale Elementary
District 66: Westside High
District 66: Westside Middle
STEM Scholars
Doane College
Early Childhood Coalition
Family, Inc.
Farm Credit Services
First Descents
Girl Scouts
Girls, Inc.
Goodwill Omaha Youth Build
Harvest Haven
Heart Ministry Center
Heartland Family Service
Hope Center for Kids
Impact One
Inclusive Communities
Investors Realty
ISU Extension
Jesuit Academy
Jewish Community Center B’nai B’rith Youth Organization
Kanesville Alternative Learning Center
Kiewit Building Group
KMA Broadcasting
Kreativ Element
Leadership Omaha
Learner’s Edge
Lighthouse Lincoln
Marian High
Metro Omaha Medical Society
Millard Horizon High
Nebraskans for Civic Reform
Nebraska Organ Recovery
NorthStar Foundation
Northwestern Mutual
Omaha Police Department
Omaha Football Club
Omaha Home for Boys
Omaha Lady Junior Lancers
OPS Benson High

OPS Blackburn Alternative
OPS Burke High
OPS Central High
OPS Fontenelle Elementary
OPS Howard Kennedy Elementary
OPS Laura Dodge Elementary
OPS Lewis & Clark Middle
OPS Monroe Middle
OPS Nathan Hale Middle
OPS North High
OPS Northwest High
OPS R.M. Marrs Magnet
OPS Sherman Elementary
OPS South High School
OPS Wakonda Elementary
Oxide Design Company
Papillion La Vista South High
Partnerships for Innovation
Partnership 4 Kids
Planned Parenthood of the Heartland
Salvation Army
The Fellowship Initiative
Thomas Jefferson High
United Way of the Midlands
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
University of Nebraska-Omaha
Upward Bound
Women’s Center for Advancement
YMCA South Omaha
Young Presidents Organization
Youth Emergency Services