Our Story

How it Evolved

Each year, we serve hundreds of students participating in Massachusetts summer education programs with groups hailing from all demographics of socioeconomic privilege. At the beginning of our journey, in an effort to garner the necessary resources to provide sliding scale access to groups with less funding, we worked primarily with private schools and organizations that had the ability to seek out extracurricular enrichment for their students—but it wasn’t until we had successfully completed our first public education partner program that our mission truly crystallized.

A Moment of Realization

There was a moment before we launched our kayaks during our kayak adventure exercise, when their summer program administrator took us aside to ask for water-bottles, after explaining that several of the students simply did not have access to the reusable bottles we listed on the supplies sheet.

Another student showed up wearing his only pair of “outdoor” shoes— a brand new, gifted pair of Jordans— that he was expected to make last for the duration of the school year. When Sam recovered an extra pair of water shoes from his car, the child was visibly relieved. Without those shoes he would have chosen to sit out of the exercise, missing a rare opportunity to access a state park and enjoy an outdoor adventure.

The Truth

We were only just beginning to truly understand the massive gap in funding between private and public education in Massachusetts, but it became clear that our work would be to help close the secondary gap in access to quality programming caused by this discrepancy in spending.

A 2020 study by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education (MBAE) found that the Commonwealth spends $4,642 more per student to educate students in wealthy towns than it does on students from low income districts. While The Student Opportunity Act (SOA) of 2019 was passed to lessen that inequality, the COVID-19 Pandemic has created a $5 billion deficit in the FY21 state budget, resulting in delayed implementation of the SOA— leaving low income districts high and dry– disproportionately effecting Black and Latino students.

How We Plan To Help

At DNTULimit, we believe that each individual has the power to shift their mindset and behaviors to contribute to the collective human responsibility to take care of each other, and we’re proud to be doing our part to provide more equal opportunities for Massachusetts’ kids.

Through the generous donations of our corporate and private sponsors, the efforts of our diligent grant writers, and partnerships with local businesses, we endeavor to provide access to all of our programs and necessary supplies for the most marginalized of the Commonwealth’s students.

We’re Here to Make A Difference

Samoel S. Exebio – Founder

He received his coaching certification from George Mason University in Leadership Coaching for Organizational performance through the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and certifications in Team Building / Outdoor Educator Training / Active Learning / Cooperative Learning / Service Learning / challenge course management from the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) and currently a psychology student at North Shore Community College.

In the past, Sam worked as an entrepreneur on the first version of DNTUlimit in 2004 and over 10 years as a leader of logistics and development of international groups working with different travel associations and non-profit organizations around Central and South America. By supporting entrepreneurship, Sam has over 20 years using logic and experience to dedicate his time to generate a space where people can find the balance between internal communication and executing actions.

Emily Melden – Founder

After graduating from George Washington University, a lot of soul-searching, travel, and learning a second language, she has spent the years since graduating learning about permaculture and environmental health to better our communities at large. Emily wants to reverse environmental destruction, take back personal responsibility for our health and bring native species back to regional forests and communities.

She believes that the earth itself will not be healed until each individual shifts their mindset and behaviors into a collective human responsibility to take care of each other.