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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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Summer Programs

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
At-Risk Populations
Children (4-12 years)
Ethnic/Racial Minorities
Hispanic, Latino Heritage

Description

Our summer programs continue to foster a sense of belonging and exploration for our youth. In addition to leading our own experiences, we provide opportunities in partnership with other youth agencies to offer our participants a wide array of summer activities from single-day rock climbing programs to week-long backpacking trips. These trips focus on ensuring that youth feel safe and comfortable in the outdoors, introduce basic wilderness travel skills and summer outdoor adventure sports, all while providing ample time to reflect on the core values and continue to strengthen the SOS community.

Sample Summer Activities:
Rock climbing
Rafting
Mountain biking
Camping
Backpacking
Sailing
Team building courses

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Evidence of Program's Success

"THE BIGGEST TAKEAWAY FROM THIS [BACKPACKING] TRIP WAS TAKING CHARGE OF MY"The biggest takeaway from this [backpacking] trip was taking charge of my responsibilities without anyone telling me to. On the trip, all of the participants had their own responsibilities such as carry group gear, prepping meals, setting up camp, and making sure everything got done. This is similar to my life at home, as I too have many responsibilities like taking care of school work and sports." Michelle, SOS participant

SnowCore (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

Our SnowCore program introduces youth to skiing or snowboarding through a one or two day introductory experience.

What's included:
1 or 2 days of lift tickets
All necessary snowboarding/skiing equipment
Professional ski/snowboard instructors
All snowsport clothing including: snow pants, jacket, goggles, gloves, and helmet if needed
Character development and core-value curriculum
Positive staff and volunteer support

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Evidence of Program's Success

Our goal through the Snowcore programs is to retain as many participants as possible to continue on through our Learn to Ride/Ski, Mentor, and Peer Mentor programs.

Learn To Ride/Ski (Multi-day 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

The SOS program begins with our introductory ski or snowboard experience and our core values of courage, discipline, integrity, wisdom, compassion, and humility. Learn to Ride/Ski (LTR) is our most fundamental program for youth in grades 4-12. The program features a five-day curriculum where each day centers around one SOS core value while youth learn a new outdoor adventure activity.

It's amazing what these kids learn about themselves by strapping on a piece of wood and flying down a snow-covered mountain. They experience a sense of accomplishment that only comes from trying something new-and nailing it!

What's Included:
5-days of lift tickets
All necessary snowboarding/skiing equipment
Professional ski/snowboard instructors
All snowsport clothing including: snow pants, jacket, goggles, gloves, and helmet if needed
Character development and core-value curriculum
Positive staff and volunteer support
Opportunity to enroll in the SOS Mentor Program upon graduating

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Evidence of Program's Success

During this phase of our curriculum, youth gain a positive peer group, are exposed to a variety of challenging activities that provide opportunities for self-reflection, develop a growing sense of accomplishment, and are introduced to our core values that offer a framework for positive decision-making.

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 - Learn to Ride/Ski:
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.

Mentor Program (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

Over four years, youth in the Mentor Program build upon lessons learned during the first year of Learn to Ride through the continuation of outdoor activities, focus on positive peer bonding, and emphasis on leadership and life skills development.

In this phase, our participants are matched up in groups of 3-5 with an adult mentor and peer mentor. Each year of the program includes five days of snowboarding/skiing and an increasing commitment to the community through leadership and life skills development workshops, service learning projects, and deeper understanding and practice of the SOS core values (courage, discipline, integrity, wisdom, compassion, and humility).

What's Included:
Core-value based leadership development training with a group mentor
Season pass to local ski resort
5 on-hill ride days
Service learning through community projects with mentor group

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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 Program:
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.

Peer Mentor Program (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

Once participants have successfully completed the Learn to Ride and Mentor program portions of the SOS curriculum, they are eligible to apply to the Peer Mentor program. Coming full circle, these youth give back to their younger peers, serving as role models for youth in the early years of our Mentor program. Throughout the experience, Peer Mentors continue to learn about leadership on and off the hill and how to take control of their lives through their positive choices.

What's Included:
Core-value based leadership development and life skills training
Assignment to mentor group of younger participants
Season pass to local ski resort
5 on-hill ride days
Service learning through community projects with mentor group

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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 & Peer Mentor programs:
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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