SOS Outreach

SOS Outreach (SOS) is a national nonprofit (501(c)(3)) committed to helping kids gear up for life. Grounded in outdoor experiences, our program ignites a passion for adventure, inspires the courage to try something new, and instills lifelong lessons and skills in our kids.

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General Information

General
Official Name
SOS Outreach​​​​​​​
DBA/Trade Name(s)
N/A
Former Name(s)
(2007)SOS (Snowboard Outreach Society)
Acronym
SOS
Date Established
1993
Offers Additional Colorado State Tax Credit
None
Tax ID
84-1332544
Addresses
Headquarters Address
450 Miller Ranch Road
Edwards, CO 81632

P.O. Box 2020
Avon, CO 81620
Colorado Location
3532 Franklin Street
Suite J
Denver, CO 80205

110 3rd Avenue South
Frisco, CO 80443
Mailing Address
N/A
Other Address
N/A
Phone/Fax
Main Phone Number
970-926-9292
Fax Number
N/A
Other Phone Number
N/A
Web/Email
Email
sos@sosoutreach.org
Website
www.sosoutreach.org
Social Media Links
   

Mission Statement

SOS Outreach (SOS) is a national youth development nonprofit that delivers long-term life skills development through progressive outdoor programming to our participants and provides value to the communities where we operate.

Organization History

SOS Outreach was founded in 1993 as an organization intending to provide access to recreational activities in the High Rockies to low-income Denver youth. At the time, all youth invited to participate in SOS programs had never ventured outside the Denver Metro area. Residing in low-income housing projects with limited access to robust outdoor recreation, positive adult mentorship and risk prevention education, early SOS youth were selected based on their increased likelihood of engaging in high risk activities that would subject them to early drug and alcohol use, academic and behavioral difficulty, teen pregnancy and court involvement.

As the organization developed, providing opportunity in the outdoors to Colorado's most disadvantaged youth remained the core tenant of SOS's mission. As the demographics of the state began to shift, the percentage of low-income households in resort areas surged. In response, SOS expanded its reach to provide programs in Eagle and Summit Counties, as well as Lake Tahoe, CA and Seattle, WA. SOS currently offers best-practice, evidenced-based and progressive programs out of 5 full-time and 6 part-time offices for over 5,000 youth nationally. Each program promotes self-respect, positive relationships, social skills and training in SOS's core values (courage, discipline, integrity, wisdom, compassion, and humility) combined with participation in outdoor adventure sports.

Founded in 1993, SOS has served over 60,000 disadvantaged youth by engaging participants in a values-based leadership curriculum. Since our founding, our programs have witnessed significant growth in participant numbers, expanded across winter and summer adventure sports and incorporated a youth development, leadership training and adult mentorship curriculum. In 2009, SOS merged with Meet the Wilderness, a 34 year old summer-based organization that enabled SOS to incorporate year-round programming, and increase positive touch points with youth throughout the integral summer months. This merger has allowed for consistent year-round programming for 3,800 SOS youth in Colorado and over 5,000 nationally.

Testimonials

Here at SOS Outreach, we do one thing - help kids gear up for life. Grounded in outdoor experiences, our program ignites a passion for adventure, inspires the courage to try something new, and instills lifelong lessons and skills in our kids.

It starts with gearing up for all the mountains have to offer, but in these moments we're not just teaching kids to snowboard, ski, hike, climb, and camp. Our kids learn to connect with their peers, mentors and community, all of which help them discover an unknown side of themselves - a side that can do anything, especially overcome their circumstances and come out on top. Our goal is to inspire our kids with a sense of purpose, ultimately preparing them with the unique skills and strengths to contribute to the world beyond themselves.


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SOS Outreach current needs include financial support to offset program expenses as cost per participant totals $850 - but the max cost per individual is $125 with scholarships available. By providing low-cost participation, underserved youth are introduced to activities their families could never consider otherwise. Secondly, volunteers make our programs happen. Without the dedication of the hundreds of individuals that give freely of their time and talents, SOS would not be able to serve a quarter of the participants as we do. And in closing, SOS Outreach is always in need of lightly used gear to ensure that all youth are happy, healthy, and well equipped for the outdoor activities we introduce them to.

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"[SOS] is truly a life-changing experience for the students and an incentive for them to improve and excel because they know that their ability to participate is dependent on appropriate behavior." - Ida Daniels, SOS Teacher Coordinator


"SOS taught me not to give up, and introduced me to the great outdoors. But more importantly, it made me conscious of my surroundings, my community, and taught me that I can make a difference." - Gabby, Colorado Participant

"Before SOS, I saw no future for myself and didn't know who I was. I was constantly putting myself down and it was hard to find a reason to be happy. My mentor - he's never given up on me. He is never quick to judge and always tells me the truth. My SOS family helped me become a stronger, new me. I've met so many inspiring people on my road to success, and they have all pushed me to be better. Not only do I smile more, but I've found myself reaching out for help instead of holding it in. SOS is not only an organization for kids, but a rescue center for most." -Elizabeth, SOS Outreach Denver Alum

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