SOS Outreach is a national youth development non-profit which utilizes adventure sports to engage at-risk students in long-term mentorship relationships. The SOS curriculum encourages responsibility, self-confidence, service, and leadership skills by instilling six core values: courage, discipline, integrity, wisdom, compassion and humility. Since 1993, SOS has inspired positive decision making for healthy and successful lives.
SOS recently celebrated its largest ever program week, serving 1,780 students across the country, mostly at Vail Resorts mountains. In just 10 days, program staff and volunteers carried out programs for over 1,000 youth at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly, and Northstar. The wide range of program offerings is designed to meet students where they are, providing them tools and opportunities to overcome the risk factors they face in their lives.
Each of the 1,780 youth skiing or riding with SOS that week had their own story of personal growth, made possible by the dedicated support of mountain resorts, volunteers and youth agencies. For Valeria, a 9th grade student from Denver, participating in SOS means realizing that “in my life I can be more courageous when I feel as if I'm a failure at everything. At times, when I feel like I'm a disappointment, whether it is school or family-wise, I feel as if nothing will go right. My own definition of courage states that with a fearless, positive attitude towards everything you do, you can do anything.”