About us

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.

Courage Infographic, an SOS Outreach value
Wisdom Infographic, an SOS Outreach value
Discipline Infographic, an SOS Outreach value
Compassion Infographic, an SOS Outreach value
Integrity Infographic, an SOS Outreach value
Humility Infographic, an SOS Outreach value

Our History

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Our Board of Directors

SOS Outreach board of Directors

Kristin Kenney-Williams – Chair

Bobby Murphy – Secretary

Wendy Carey

Bill Cotton

Phil Gosch

Rob Hofferman

Mike Lewis

Nate Fristoe – Vice Chair

Dave Portman – Treasurer

Andrew Littman

Michael Reger

Greg Sullivan

Lee Turlington

SOS Team

Seth
Ehrlich

Executive Director

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Rebecca
Gould

Development and Marketing Director

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Theresa
Papandrea

Regional Program Director

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Kristina
Chesney

Annual Fund Officer

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Mia
D'Angelo

Foundation Relations Officer

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Marty
Tarantino

Operations Coordinator

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Kate
Rath

Summit County Program Manager

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Brooke
Carlsen

Eagle County Program Manager

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Olivia
Coble

Park City Program Manager

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Amina
Hughes

North Lake Tahoe Program Manager

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Alison
Canavan

Denver Program Manager

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Jessie
Holtz

South Lake Tahoe Program Coordinator

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Kari
Miller

Denver Program Coordinator

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Courtney
Walters

Eagle County Program Coordinator

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Heather
Rogers

Office Coordinator

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Scott
Partan

Summer Program Director

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Join Our Team

Current position openings

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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).

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Partners In Our Vision

Thank you to our major sponsors, foundation partners, and mountain resorts.

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A.V. Hunter Trust, Inc.
Adidas
Adolph Coors Foundation
Always Mountain Time
Barton Foundation
Beaver Creek Resort Company
Big Agnes
Chaos Hats
Colorado Health Foundation
Data Robot
Dellora A. and Lester J. Norris Foundation
El Pomar Foundation
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Furst Standard
Holden Outerwear, LLC
King County, WA
Lahontan Community Foundation Fund
Martis Camp Community Foundation
National Recreation Foundation
Odell Brewing Co
Optic Nerve Eyewear
Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation
Phunkshun Wear, LLC
Seirus Innovation
Select Surfaces
Share Winter Foundation
Sidney E. Frank Foundation – Colorado Fund
SmartWool
Solomon Fund of Park City Community Foundation
Spyder
Sweet Protection
Tahoe Donner Association
Tahoe Women’s Community Fund
Take The Magic Step Foundation, Inc.
The Anschutz Foundation
The North Face
The Summit Foundation
Town of Breckenridge
U.S. Bank Avon
United Way of Eagle River Valley
Vail Resorts, Inc.
Vail Valley Surgery Center, LLC
William G. McGowan Charitable Fund
Zeal Optics
*Partners listed provide at least $5,000 in support

Financials

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