Everything we do at SOS points back to our single main objective: help underserved kids thrive. Not just survive — truly thrive. And it starts by leveling the playing field. By providing the right mix of inputs to give these kids an equal — or better — chance at success. Our program is built on three pillars:
We provide SUPPORT to kids by matching them with caring, committed mentors.
We enable OPPORTUNITIES to build confidence by getting kids on the mountain and through our curriculum, kids are prepared for success.
We focus on community SERVICE as a way to build leadership skills and give back.
How We Do It
We use a progressive curriculum that evolves with kids as they advance through our programs. Each year, kids learn new outdoor skills and life skills based on their age and circumstances. For younger participants, this might mean getting along with peers and taking personal responsibility for their homework. For older youth, the focus shifts to developing leadership skills and mentoring younger participants in the program.
All SOS programs begin with an introductory ski or snowboard experience. It’s amazing what you learn about yourself by strapping on a piece of wood and flying down a snow-covered mountain. For the first time, these kids experience a sense of accomplishment that only comes from trying something new — and nailing it!
Next is the mentoring program, a four-year program that combines on-mountain skill building and in-community leadership development. As kids progress from bunny hills to black diamonds, they also begin to experience a shift from “just a participant” to a natural leader. They take risks. They take ownership of their actions. And their newfound self-esteem begins to permeate all aspects of life.
With this newfound knowledge and confidence, older participants graduate from the mentoring program and become a mentor in their own right. They show younger kids the ropes on their first ski and ride days. Their own inner transformation is so obvious that classmates and families begin to emulate their success, ultimately lifting everyone in their sphere of influence.
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The support from our generous donors, committed partners, inspiring mentors and dedicated volunteers, allows these participants and graduates go on to be and accomplish more than they ever dreamed possible. And it all started on the mountain.
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