The mission of EDMO is to make equitable, high-quality Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math (STEAM) and Social Emotional Learning (SEL) programs accessible to all communities in order to cultivate curious, courageous and kind humans everywhere.
Our mission is rooted in our belief that ALL children should have access to our programs to prepare them to be the innovators, educators, researchers and leaders of tomorrow, regardless of their families ability to pay. At EDMO, we are actively working to dismantle the financial barriers that prevent systemically oppressed communities from accessing our programs in a variety of ways. To learn more about our equity work, visit Equity Approach.
Central to achieving our mission is our emphasis on kids learning and practicing Social Emotional Learning (SEL) skills. Skills like critical thinking, problem solving and empathy that help us navigate friendships, overcome challenges and build resiliency at all ages. To learn more about The EDMO Method, our very own SEL framework and how we incorporate SEL skill building into all of our programs, visit the EDMO Method page.
As an organization, we model the lessons we teach. We collaborate with leaders in the fields of Science, Maker Education and Social Emotional Learning in the design of our curriculum. We practice empathy and problem solving by working with school districts to design programs that meet the needs of their unique communities. We take responsibility for our personal and professional development as humans so that we can lead with authenticity and compassion. At EDMO we celebrate getting messy and making mistakes. As an organization we are committed to learning and growing alongside your children!
We had no idea how much good we could do. When Eduardo Caballero and Sharon Mor met back in 1999 at SCORE! Educational Centers in Santa Clarita, they had no idea that they would one day found their own enrichment company serving up to 20,000 kids annually. Sharon, a UCLA graduate, was actually Eduardo’s first boss out of college. Eduardo, a Cornell University graduate, was her Assistant Director. It was here that he shared his dream with Sharon of one day opening his own summer camp. Eduardo had worked at day camps in his hometown of San Francisco ever since he was 12 years old. He thought it was the best job in the world and couldn’t think of anything he’d rather do with his life.
Four years later, while Eduardo was backpacking through South America, Sharon reached back out to him to see if he wanted to start that camp he always talked about. They decided to start a nonprofit summer camp that focused on building the traits of Curiosity, Courage and Kindness through hands-on arts and science programs. In 2004, the first Camp Edventure More was opened in Mill Valley, California with a curriculum ghostwritten by staff from Bay Area museums. (The “EDMO” nickname hadn’t been coined yet).
The camp was small, with only 60 kids over 4 weeks, but a huge hit with kids and parents. Following their first summer, Eduardo and Sharon approached some local museums to officially partner on the curriculum design. The California Academy of Sciences, The Exploratorium and the YMCA of Marin liked EDMO’s mission and agreed to join the cause and the first partnerships were born. The following summer they opened a second site in San Francisco, California and the rest, as they say, is history. As of 2019, EDMO was running a multitude of school year programs and 32 on-site summer camps locations in the San Francisco Bay Area and Greater Sacramento regions of California.
When Covid hit we were faced with incredibly difficult decisions for our organization, our employees and our EDMO families. On March 19, 2020 we made the painful decision to lay off 85% of our full-time staff. Yet, we did not give up hope. In classic EDMO fashion, we saw the uncertainty before us as the design challenge of a lifetime. Fifteen of our laid off staff volunteered alongside three remaining full time staff to, within weeks, pivot us to a completely online organization. We brought the magic of seventeen years of camp with us to design live, interactive online programs.
We are incredibly grateful that we have survived the challenges that the pandemic has thrown at us. While we are not out of the woods yet, we attribute our resiliency as an organization to the collective actions that both the EDMO staff and YOU, our EDMO families have taken. We would be remiss not acknowledge and thank the following people;