SOS Outreach Programs
SOS offers two primary programs:
Learn To Ride is an introductory program that integrates the five SOS core values of Courage, Discipline, Integrity, Wisdom and Compassion, and skiing or snowboarding to promote appreciation of the environment, outdoor physical activity, group cohesion and character development. Throughout the program, a different core value is introduced on each day of the 5-day programs, and each participant is provided with professional ski or snowboard instruction, equipment rental, lift tickets and clothing.
University is a follow-up experience for students who complete Learn to Ride, and commit to a four-year program. In University, participants are paired with a Mentor who creates a relationship to expand the curriculum. Students engage in intensive leadership training, take part in service learning and workshops, and participate in five days of skiing or snowboarding. Graduates of University are able to return as Junior Mentors. 50 Seattle area youth participated in the University program this winter.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
The SOS Seattle office will launch pilot summer programs this year, including rock climbing and backpacking.
SOS Outreach is in need of volunteers, ski and snowboard equipment, including outerwear, and financial support.