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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Adventure (One- to two-day Programs)

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General
Hispanics
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Description

Adventure programs are one- to two-day programs that expose youth to a new sport or experience. Students are provided with all the necessary clothing and gear and are able to experience outdoor activities such as rock climbing, skiing, snowboarding, peak ascending, team courses, and snowshoeing.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Our goal through Adventure programs is to retain as many participants as possible to continue on through our Academy, University, and Masters programs.

Academy (Multi-Day Programs)

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General
Hispanics
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Description

Academy programs are multi-day programs in which a new SOS core value is introduced and coupled with an outdoor activity daily. Academy programs empower students by making concrete connections between the activity and the meaning of the SOS core values, laying the foundation for future character development. Students can participate in activities like five-day learn to ski/snowboard programs, seven-day wilderness trips, overnight hut trips, or fourth grade Monument trips.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In May 2018, we completed an intensive data analysis of the last 10 years of participant pre-post surveys that revealed statistically significant positive outcomes for all factors measured, demonstrating the effectiveness of SOS' programs.

Highlights from the Introductory Program - Academy:
Top three factors with the greatest positive change were:
-Perceived Competence - achieving greater skills in an outdoor activity.
-Neighborhood Resources - exposure to new and safe places to recreate.
-Value in Achievement - understanding the importance to always do one's best.

University (Multi-Year Program)

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General
Hispanics
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Description

University is an intensive four year program requiring students to increase community engagement and personal growth annually. Students engage in leadership training with a consistent adult mentor, complete service learning and life skills workshops, as well as participate in winter sports. Service projects include stocking shelves at local food banks, preparing and delivering Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets, and bell ringing for the Salvation Army. In the University program, participants complete one day of activity in their communities or in the classroom for a leadership program for every day of activity they complete in the field. Participants are integrating the SOS core values beyond the ski or snowboard days.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In May 2018, we completed an intensive data analysis of the last 10 years of participant pre-post surveys that revealed statistically significant positive outcomes for all factors measured, demonstrating the effectiveness of SOS' programs.

Highlights from the Year-round, Mentor-based Program - University:
By Year Two of Four in This Program - Community Engagement, Self-Esteem, Acceptance of Diversity and Locus of Control construct change scores reached statistical significance and remain significant consistently in subsequent administrations.

By the Third Year - We also note positive changes in Goal-Setting and Attainment, and in Decision-making skills.

By the End of the Fourth Year - Positive outcomes are also noted for
Communication Skills and Frustration Control, and Job Skills.

Masters

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General
Hispanics
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Description

Masters is designed for students who have shown extraordinary commitment to SOS's six core values throughout five previous years in Academy and University. The new curriculum includes four years of progressive requirements which develop mentor-based leadership capabilities, communications skills, self-directed goal-setting, and the ability to take initiative. Participants are trained as peer mentors to implement the SOS curriculum across ride days, workshops, and service projects, while completing intensive leadership training. These elements were created in order to better support long-term students, providing new challenges to inspire success. SOS is proud of the commitment so many long-term participants have shown to creating change in their communities.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In May 2018, we completed an intensive data analysis of the last 10 years of participant pre-post surveys that revealed statistically significant positive outcomes for all factors measured, demonstrating the effectiveness of SOS' programs.

Highlights from the Year-round, Mentor-based Program - University/Masters:
By Year Two of Four in This Program - Community Engagement, Self-Esteem, Acceptance of Diversity and Locus of Control construct change scores reached statistical significance and remain significant consistently in subsequent administrations.

By the Third Year - We also note positive changes in Goal-Setting and Attainment, and in Decision-making skills.

By the End of the Fourth Year - Positive outcomes are also noted for
Communication Skills and Frustration Control, and Job Skills.

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