Our Mission

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Now, more than ever, we need to believe that What’s Within Us Is Stronger Than What’s In Our Way.  Through transformative online and in-person experiences, tools and inspiration, we help people tap into their inner hope, optimism and resilience.  In the process, we foster a community of curious, brave and collaborative explorers who are determined to live the No Barriers Life.

People are struggling with isolation, a loss of community, mental health challenges, fear and uncertainty. 2020 reminds us that none of us is immune to struggle. Adversity doesn’t care about race, class, creed, color, job title or location. No Barriers has helped tens of thousands of people facing these very issues for the past twenty years—by tapping into the light inside of each of us that knows we can get through it. Despite the barriers—both big and small—that each of us face, we can learn how to push past them, reconnect with our purpose, and unleash the best in ourselves and others.

Offering transformative programs in today’s world is not easy. But, true to our past, we’ve created meaningful journeys for people that break the monotony of day-to-day COVID life and give them a glimmer of hope and a pathway forward.

We accomplish this through our new at-home program kits, our virtual courses and communities, our podcast and our just released bestselling book What’s Within You: Your Roadmap to Living Life with No Barriers. We’ve packaged all of this for kids, teachers, veterans, caregivers and more! And, we’re poised and ready to reopen safe and transformational in-person programming whenever the time is right.

Our Primary Program Areas

The No Barriers Summit is a multi-day in-persona and virtual event that will inspire you with speakers, and showcase cutting-edge innovations. You will choose from dozens of adaptive activities that will help you and your family break through barriers and connect with our community. Regardless of your ability, you will leave forever changed. Read more about our 2020 Summit that reached 1.3Million+ >>

No Barriers Warriors improves the lives of veterans with disabilities through curriculum-based experiences that help veterans reconnect with purpose, rediscover identity and find community. Read more about Warriors programming and expeditions >>

No Barriers Youth is a premier educational program challenging students to find hope and optimism despite the many challenge we face. We do this through transformative experiences, classroom tools, and real-world inspiration. Read more about virtual and school programs, as well as camp, international trips, and backcountry expeditions >>

No Barriers Caregivers provide support to family caregivers for adult and youth to find balance in their lives. Read more about caregiver programming >>

No Barriers Educators provides classroom tools and resources to help classrooms learn the skills and mindset to break through challenges. Read more about No Barriers classroom resources >>

No Barriers Life


No Barriers Life Elements - Vision, Reach, Pioneer, Rope Team, Alchemy, Summits, Elevate

The No Barriers Life Elements are as follows:

  • Vision: Vision is designing a purpose that inspires you to give your best back to the world. Vision is almost like a map that guides us to where we want to be in our lives; it is our purpose and our goals in life.  
  • Reach: Reach is an element that focuses on moving beyond your comfort zone. It is a call to challenge yourself, to push further than you ever have so that you can grow as a person.
  • Pioneer: To pioneer through challenges is to use creative thinking and problem solving in order to overcome your barriers.
  • Rope Team: Your rope team is your support network. It is a team of people that you can collaborate and connect with to build a strong community. Your expedition team will be your rope team while in the field. 
  • Alchemy: The element of alchemy encourages participants to take their life experiences and turn them into something positive.. It means cultivating optimism and  resiliency in the face of difficult challenges. 
  • Summits: Summits are the gifts that we earn through perseverance; acknowledging the work and struggle behind our achievements and victories.
  • Elevate: To live an elevated life, participants are encouraged to impact the world and those around them by serving as a leader in their communities,  sharing their experiences and what they have learned along the way.

The No Barriers Life framework is the basis for No Barriers curriculum and experiences across all program areas. No Barriers developed these elements to exemplify the mindset and actions that allow us to break through barriers, unleash individual and collective potential, and have a positive impact on the world.

Read more about the No Barriers Life and what it means here.

Our Partner Alliance

NOBA is an alliance that makes it possible for No Barriers’ supporters to contract Stone Ward, long-time agency partner to No Barriers, as a marketing services partner. By doing so, Stone Ward will contribute a portion of the corporate partner’s project budget back to No Barriers. Learn more.

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