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Learning for Life/Exploring

 1211 East Dyer Road
 Santa Ana, CA 92705
[P] (714) 546-4990
[F] --
http://www.ocbsa.org/programs/exploring-learning-for-life/
http://www.exploring.org/
[email protected]
Devon Dougherty
FOUNDED: 1910
INCORPORATED: 1965
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Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Employer Identification Number 26-2270708 00001

Summary


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Mission StatementMORE »

Learning for Life/Exploring's mission statement is to enable young people to become responsible individuals by teaching positive character traits, career development, leadership and life skills so they can make ethical choices and achieve their full potential. The Learning for Life / Exploring Corporation is an affiliated program to the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), and in 1991, the Board of Directors of the Orange County Council, BSA implemented Learning for Life / Exploring programs to address the needs of all youth, regardless of membership status or gender. Exploring's purpose is to help schools and communities instill the values, character, citizenship, job preparedness, and personal fitness as a foundation that will prepare young people to make ethical choices throughout their lives, allowing to reach their full potential.

Mission Statement

Learning for Life/Exploring's mission statement is to enable young people to become responsible individuals by teaching positive character traits, career development, leadership and life skills so they can make ethical choices and achieve their full potential. The Learning for Life / Exploring Corporation is an affiliated program to the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), and in 1991, the Board of Directors of the Orange County Council, BSA implemented Learning for Life / Exploring programs to address the needs of all youth, regardless of membership status or gender. Exploring's purpose is to help schools and communities instill the values, character, citizenship, job preparedness, and personal fitness as a foundation that will prepare young people to make ethical choices throughout their lives, allowing to reach their full potential.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2017
Projected Expenses $10,378,683.00
Projected Revenue $10,414,805.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Exploring

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

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Overview


Mission Statement

Learning for Life/Exploring's mission statement is to enable young people to become responsible individuals by teaching positive character traits, career development, leadership and life skills so they can make ethical choices and achieve their full potential. The Learning for Life / Exploring Corporation is an affiliated program to the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), and in 1991, the Board of Directors of the Orange County Council, BSA implemented Learning for Life / Exploring programs to address the needs of all youth, regardless of membership status or gender. Exploring's purpose is to help schools and communities instill the values, character, citizenship, job preparedness, and personal fitness as a foundation that will prepare young people to make ethical choices throughout their lives, allowing to reach their full potential.


Background Statement

Exploring offers youth hands-on career development opportunities in numerous fields of work, such as business, medical, law enforcement and environmental science. Organizations, such as businesses, schools and public departments, coordinate a program where teens can explore careers or provide community service projects while interacting in a group setting that provides leadership opportunities.


Exploring is part of the Learning for Life career education program for young men and women who are 14 (and have completed the eighth grade) through 20 years old. Exploring's purpose is to provide experiences to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults. Exploring is a collaborative effort that is made possible by the partnership of organizations and businesses in the county to provide workforce training, career readiness and college readiness. Exploring programs are based on five areas of emphasis: career opportunities, life skills, service learning, character education, and leadership experience. The Exploring program is also a connected to civic engagement – connecting younger generation to the community needs to participating in programs and career shadowing with public safety agencies, law enforcement, fire and rescue, medical centers and other community serving agencies.


Exploring started in 1957 at the Orange County Council and was adopted by National Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and implemented at other BSA councils nationally. Exploring Corporation is an affiliated program to the BSA and in 1991, the Board of Directors of the Orange County Council, BSA implemented Exploring programs to address the needs of at-risk youth that face difficult situations in their daily life but do not have the opportunity to participate in the "traditional" Boy Scout Program.


Impact Statement

The Exploring program was first started in Orange County in 1957 and adopted nationally. In 2013 and 2014, Orange County was one of few locations that piloted a middle school Explorer program before it was rolled out nationally. Furthermore, we have ongoing relationships with community partners that last over fifty years in serving thousands of youth. Youth who participate in Exploring career programs graduate and transition into careers in a similar field.


Needs Statement

The Exploring programs serves about 1,131 youth, 49 community partner organizations and 358 volunteers. The needs range from monetary donations, seeking sponsorship opportunities for events, and recruiting youth to join programs. Exploring Program holds an annual fundraising special event in November of every year called The Spurgeon Luncheon. Sponsorship opportunities range from $600 to $10,000.

Lastly, in regards to recruiting additional children and youth to join programs, promoting our programs and facilities, and adult volunteers, we continuously seek volunteers, in-kind donations and pro-bono services to improve our programs, strategies and marketing.


CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Donors may send in their donations by mailing a check, donating online (A Place to Give website: http://aplacetogive.scouting.org/magento/index.php/exploring-friends-of-scouting.html), in-kind donations (boats, cars, items for use at outdoor properties) and pledging donations by credit card. The Orange County Council supported 9,953 volunteers in 2016. Volunteering is a key component of Exploring and other programs delivered by the Orange County Council.

Geographic Area Served

Central Orange County
West Orange County
South Orange County
North Orange County
Exploring serves youth residing in any region of Orange County.

Organization Categories

  1. Youth Development - Youth Development Programs
  2. Youth Development - Youth Development NEC
  3. Youth Development - Boy Scouts Of America

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Programs


Exploring

Exploring started in 1957 at the OCBSA and was adopted nationally. Explorer posts (club-like groups) specialize in one of a variety of career areas and plan activities that offer career exploration. Each post is organized around the organizing company or firm, the skills of the adults in the group, the interests of youth and the organizations' program resources. Business, industry, governmental agencies, professional societies and other community organizations are organized by the Learning for Life to operate posts focused on career exploration. Furthermore, OCBSA piloted the middle school Explorer clubs in during the last school year and due to the success, the program was rolled out nationally for the 2013-2014 school year. Exploring now offers sixth, seventh and eighth grade students’ opportunities to explorer careers by participating in clubs that offer guest speakers, discussions and exposure to various careers.

Budget  $100,000.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 

Exploring provides:

· a pipeline of future employees beginning in high school

· Leadership skills, self-confidence, and problem-solving skills

· better prepared employees because they have practical job experiences

Program Long-Term Success 

There are numerous benefits to today’s youth, including gaining practical, real-world career

experience and insight; a stimulated interest in continued education; and building leadership, self-confidence,

and problem-solving skills. Young adults receive the following benefits by being involved in Exploring:

• Gain practical knowledge of and experience in a career

• Engage in a program of activities centered on career opportunities, life skills, service learning, character

development, and leadership experience to encourage the development of the whole person

• Are given the opportunity to take on leadership roles

• Find ways of being useful to others

• Believe in a promising future with real opportunities

• Know how to use support systems

• Receive guidance in facing serious challenges

Program Success Monitored By 

The objective of the Exploring program is to provide quality career information and experience to an increasing number of middle and high school youth. Measures of success include increasing the number of future employees beginning in high school; increased leadership skills, self confidence, and problem-solving skills; and better prepared employees because they have practical job experiences.

Examples of Program Success 

Exploring focuses on following three goals:

1. Increased self-esteem, self-awareness and learn the importance of working in a group to achieve a goal.

2. Increase positive leadership from adult and youth leaders. Adult leaders and employees at partner

organizations will provide career advice, guidance and hands on learning opportunities in various career

fields, including healthcare.

3. Increased interest and hands on experience in career opportunities and higher education.

In 2016, 1,131 youth participated as Explorers in job training skills through posts at community partner organizations


Management


CEO/Executive Director Jeff Herrmann
CEO Term Start July 2010
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Jeff Herrmann was named the President & Scout Executive of the OCBSA on July 1, 2010. He is an Eagle Scout, Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow and recipient of the Order of the Arrow National Distinguished Service Award. As President & Scout Executive, his priorities for the OCBSA are: expanding and improving the quality of program delivery throughout the council; increasing the diversity of the council’s membership and leadership; making full use of the council’s camping property assets; and developing a sustainable funding plan for Scouting in the council. Prior to his selection as President & Scout Executive, Herrmann worked briefly for the National Council of the BSA as a Regional Director and on the development of $300 million The Summit Bechtel Family National Scouting Reserve, which is the permanent home to the National Jamboree and new National High Adventure Base. Herrmann comes to Orange County with more than 30 years of implementing and completing successful fundraising efforts, improving the quality of unit program delivery, enhancing public relations and marketing for Scouting, maximizing growth in both youth and adult memberships and directing the development of staff.

Prior to his work at the National Council, Herrmann served as Scout Executive for the Denver Area Council, Boy Scouts of America (2004-2009). In Denver, under his leadership the council increased annual operating revenue by over 28% and had more than 10,000 volunteer leaders and served more than 60,000 children annually. Herrmann also served as Scout Executive for the South Florida Council in Miami Lakes (1997-2004) and Scout Executive of the Quapaw Area Council in Little Rock (1992-1997). He began his career with the Circle Ten Council in Dallas, TX, in 1981 serving there for 11 years. Herrmann received a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Humanics from Salem College in Salem, WV. He and his wife, Gail, have four children.

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Devon Dougherty Chief Development Officer --
Lori Jacklin Chief Financial Officer --
Daniel Tucker Director of Field Services --
Andrea Watson Director of Outdoor Adventures --

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 49
Number of Part Time Staff 315
Number of Volunteers 9,953
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --
Staff Professional Development --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 7
Caucasian: 34
Hispanic/Latino: 7
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 22
Male: 27
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 1
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan Yes

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy --
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Quarterly
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Quarterly
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Quarterly

Government Licenses

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CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Governance


Board Chair John Hovanesian, M.D.
Board Chair Company Affiliation Harvard Eye Associates
Board Chair Term Jan 2016 - Dec 2017
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Drew Adams -- --
Terry Adams -- --
Alan Airth -- --
Gary Allen -- --
Robert AndersonSchoepe -- --
Alan Arnold -- --
Tracy Atherton -- --
William Baker -- --
Greg Beck J.D. -- --
Larry Behm -- --
Steven Bradley -- --
David Braun -- --
Patrick Brenden -- --
Sterling Brennan -- --
Bill Bunker -- --
Ron Draper -- --
Howard Dutra -- --
Mark Engstrom -- --
Robert Friedman -- --
Theo Geukens -- --
Victoria Gray -- --
Cathy Green -- --
John Hagestad -- --
Dennis Hardin -- --
Mike Harrison -- --
Pat Hartnett -- --
David Hirz -- --
Peter Hitch -- --
John Hovanesian -- --
Pat Jackson -- --
David Janes Sr. -- --
Parker Kennedy -- --
Joe Koch -- --
Kathi Koll -- --
Ed Laird -- --
John Lerch -- --
Tom Ling -- --
Ralph Linzmeier -- --
Manuѐ Lopez -- --
John Middleton -- --
Robert J. Neal -- --
Nicholas-Viet Nguyen -- --
John Nielsen -- --
John Norment -- --
Bob Olson -- --
Charlie Osaki -- --
Jim Pisz -- --
Lan Quoc Nguyen -- --
Nate Rosenberg -- --
Nathan O. Rosenberg -- --
Frank Rubino M.D. -- --
David Schmid -- --
Stephen Skahen -- --
Rand Sperry -- --
Helen Stainer Ed.D -- --
Michelle Steele -- --
Wayne Stelmar -- --
Sasha Strauss -- --
David Team -- --
Jon Tenney -- --
Robert Thiergartner -- --
Jeff Walbridge -- --
Daniel Whelan Ph.D. -- --
Mark Wille -- --

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 5
Caucasian: 57
Hispanic/Latino: 2
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 5
Male: 59
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Standing Committees

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $10,414,805.00
Projected Expenses $10,378,683.00
Form 990s

2015 OCBSA Form 990

2014 OCBSA 2014 990 form

2013 Form 990

Audit Documents

2015 2015 Audit

2014 OCBSA Audited Financial Statements

2013 Audited Financials

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Total Revenue $10,693,743 $9,848,112 $10,076,938
Total Expenses $11,263,351 $10,224,573 $10,880,756

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$2,890,196 $2,571,613 $4,050,265
Government Contributions $98,377 $636,188 $563,160
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $98,377 $636,188 $563,160
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support $450 $4,044 $9,878
Earned Revenue $5,985,364 $4,684,675 $4,079,534
Investment Income, Net of Losses $828,824 $1,312,272 $625,879
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $879,690 $634,220 $640,965
Revenue In-Kind $8,842 $3,100 $65,257
Other $2,000 $2,000 $42,000

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Program Expense $9,713,875 $8,224,238 $8,656,088
Administration Expense $883,014 $1,383,147 $1,444,839
Fundraising Expense $666,462 $617,188 $779,829
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.95 0.96 0.93
Program Expense/Total Expenses 86% 80% 80%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 17% 16% 15%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Total Assets $65,539,391 $67,271,693 $69,399,073
Current Assets $10,109,418 $10,987,616 $12,593,382
Long-Term Liabilities $14,757,369 $15,405,635 $17,515,650
Current Liabilities $333,300 $745,317 $773,412
Total Net Assets $50,448,722 $51,120,741 $51,110,011

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 30.33 14.74 16.28

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 23% 23% 25%
Endowment Value $12,000,000.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? --
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

Learning for Life/Exploring is fiscally sponsored by Boy Scouts of Orange County Council. 990s and financials on profile belong to Boy Scouts. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are combined under Foundation and Corporation Contributions. Summary financial data is per the financials and consultation with the organization.

Documents


Other Documents

Exploring Fact Sheet (2014)

2016 Annual Report OCBSA (2016)

No Other Documents currently available.