Since its founding in 1993, SOS has transformed the lives of over 65,000 underserved youth. While providing outdoor recreation experiences for that number of youth is impressive, it’s only a partial demonstration of our impact. Using a unique combination of outdoor adventure experiences, positive adult mentorship, and character and leadership development opportunities, SOS enables participants to unleash their potential to thrive. Serving roughly 4,000 youth each year, across 15 locations in 9 states, SOS provides opportunities for personal growth for the kids in our communities who need it most.
Our Core Values
Here at SOS, we’ve built our curriculum around six core values. As students progress through the program, they start to embody the core values and see the positive impact they have at school, at home, with their friends, and of course, on the mountain.
Our Board of Directors
Kristin Kenney-Williams – Chair
Bobby Murphy – Secretary
Nate Fristoe – Vice Chair
Dave Portman – Treasurer
Youth we serve
At SOS Outreach, we work with underserved students ages 9-18 who exhibit early behavioral indicators that often lead to early substance abuse, teen pregnancy, dropping out, and other negative and risky behaviors. Through our time-testing screening process, we work with local schools to identify youths who are in challenging circumstances. Most of our participants have risk profiles that suggest social isolation (having few friends, being bullied and not engaging in outside activities) and lack of commitment to education (lack of academic goals, school focus and/or negative school behavior).
Partners In Our Vision
Thank you to our major sponsors, foundation partners, and mountain resorts.