The Outdoors Tomorrow Foundation, the leading provider of outdoor skills, safety and conservation curricula for schools across the country, will receive $10,000 from the Advance Financial Foundation to implement OTF’s Outdoor Adventures program in Nashville middle and high schools .
This is the Foundation’s second $10,000 donation in support of the OA program in Nashville. The first donation helped start the program in 10 schools, and OTF has a similar goal of 10 schools for the current donation.
“This is a visionary generosity from the Advance Financial Foundation, and it has a positive impact on the lives of middle and high school students in Nashville,” said Outdoors Tomorrow Foundation President Kyle Shidler. “Many more students will experience the joys and benefits of being outdoors while learning safety and conservation skills as a result of this support.”
“I’m a big believer in putting down the devices and getting outdoors. We have a lot to learn from being in nature,” said Advance Financial Foundation Executive Director Tina Hodges. “Advance Financial Foundation is proud to support Outdoor Adventures in Nashville, including my own alma mater, Hillwood High School. We look forward to seeing the classes grow.”
The mission of the Advance Financial Foundation is to positively impact the quality of life for Advance Financial employees, customers and communities. The Advance Financial Foundation was created by Advance Financial in 2014 to support community philanthropic efforts focused on education. Advance Financial supports and funds a variety of initiatives in Tennessee. Its signature program, Advancing Education, makes college more accessible by awarding scholarships to high school seniors. For more information, visit http://www.af247.com/advancingeducation.
The Outdoors Tomorrow Foundation’s outdoor education curriculum is now in 928 public and private schools across the country, from kindergarten through high school, a number that is constantly increasing.
OTF’s Outdoor Adventures Program is a fun, interactive course where students are taught lifelong skills through a 34-unit integrated curriculum comprised of math, science, writing, and thinking skills critical. 290 detailed lesson plans cover fisherman education, archery, hunter education, boater education, orienteering, survival skills, camping, cookouts, challenging courses, backpacking, mountain bike camping, paddle sports , rock climbing, shooting sports, CPR/first aid, and wildlife and wildlife medicine. OA teachers can choose units specific to their region and local ecosystems.
Founded in 1981 in Dallas, the Outdoors Tomorrow Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public nonprofit organization. For many schools, the grant money offsets the cost of the program, plus OTF offers matching funds for equipment as new schools join. The resulting classes can be taught as a physical education course, a local elective, or with agricultural science and wildlife management.
The Outdoor Adventures educational program is offered at 928 schools in 45 states nationwide with more than 90,000 students participating each year and more than 400,000 program graduates. Each OA student spends 180 hours learning outdoor education per year. The program has totaled 16 million hours of outdoor education classes to date.
Open Air Tomorrow Foundation
Since 1981, the Outdoors Tomorrow Foundation (OTF) has made it its mission to teach outdoor education and promote wildlife conservation through the Outdoor Adventures program, currently in 928 schools across the country. The curriculum, which has impacted more than 400,000 students since it began, is accessed by 90,000 students annually in 45 states, including archery, shooting, fishing, camping, first aid, boater safety, hunter education, outdoor cooking, outdoors and more. The OTF also provides equipment grants, free workshops and teacher training and is accredited by each state’s state parks and wildlife commissions. To learn more about the Outdoors Tomorrow Foundation and how to bring the Outdoor Adventures curriculum to a school near you, visit gootf.com.
About Advance Financial
Founded in 1996, Advance Financial is a family-owned and operated multi-state fintech company headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee. In keeping with its vision of a world-class customer experience, Advance Financial offers instant loan decisions and physical money services throughout Tennessee. For more information, visit https://www.af247.com.