Flyin Ryan Hawks Foundation

Shelburne, VT   |  http://flyinryanhawks.org/

Mission

The Flyin Ryan Hawks Foundation mission is to challenge students, athletes and adults to explore what is important to them, then take ownership by composing a set of personal Core Values to guide their attitude and decisions. We believe that individuals who determine and follow their own Core Values will make better decisions, experience a more engaged life, and be empowered to achieve their goals with passion and determination.

We make scholarships available to adventurers who demonstrate Ryan's core values and whose passion is hampered by financial constraint. We also offer the Decisions program as a curriculum to guide students' and athletes' development of Core Values, which are then shared with their peers, teachers, coaches, family and others.

Ruling year info

2012

President/CEO

Peter Hawks

Main address

145 Pine Haven Shores 2101

Shelburne, VT 05482 USA

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EIN

38-3848358

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Winter Sports (Snow and Ice) (N68)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Core Values Matter – These three words are the mantra for the Flyin Ryan Hawks Foundation. The 14 Core Principles for Living, as written down by Ryan Hawks before his death, provided him with a compass to guide his decision making, whether in sports, school, relationships or other aspects of daily living. People with an established, self-composed set of Core Values have a touchstone, a reference point for making decisions, big and small. We work to produce programs that encourage students, athletes and individuals to determine their own Core Values and to seek out adventures that align with their Core Values.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Adventure Scholarships

The Flyin Ryan Hawks Foundation awards Adventure Scholarships from $250 to $1000 based on a clear alignment of a candidate's passion with their life. We also recognize financial need, and character. Age is not a factor in deciding awards. Applications are reviewed as received and recipients are selected on a rolling admissions basis.

Population(s) Served
Students
Adults

The mission of the Flyin Ryan Hawks Foundation revolves around the principle, "Core Values Matter." We believe that core values generated by students and athletes from within, rather than being handed “top down” by traditional sources (parents, teachers, coaches, etc.) are more authentic, personally meaningful and will have a greater long-term impact in shaping young people's life choices going forward.

The Decisions program is offered to students and athletes to encourage them to develop their own personal set of core values, which are then used by each participant to guide their attitude and future decisions, then shared with peers, teachers, coaches, family and others.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

The Flyin Ryan Core Values Challenge is a call to action to encourage people to think about, write down, and act upon their personal set of Core Values. This is an easy way for anyone to actively discover and actualize their core values, and use them as a basis for decision-making & engagement in life.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We want to make the world a better place: one person, one day, one event, one core value, one decision at a time.

Our mission is directed at changing individual lives by stimulating adventurers to engage in a deliberative “bottom-up" process of self-evaluation and stimulating individuals to develop, decide and share their personal core values.

Our three major programs (Decisions, Core Values Challenge, and Adventure Scholarship Awards) have all made a significant contribution to our mission.
“Core Values Matter;" core values that are self-imposed really matter.

Our Decisions Program is a four step process that starts with viewing a 14 minute video that illuminates the life of Ryan Hawks, a gifted freeride skier who lost his life in 2011 in a world tour competitive event. Two years before Ryan died, he composed his own set of core values, which we share with adventurers of all ages. This help viewers connect with the idea that core values are cool, and can serve as a foundation for attitude, which influences an individuals' daily decisions and goal-setting for the future.

Our initial pilot of the Decisions program for schools at South Burlington High School in Vermont has seen over 1200 participate. All students are required to write down their own core values, illustrate what they have written with pictures, and create a presentation which they subsequently give to an audience of peers. This program has repeatedly demonstrated that produces ownership, self-identity, and a sense of self-respect, not only for themselves but for the people around them. Two Vermont middle schools have also used the Decisions program, with more pilots in the works now.

The Core Values Challenge is a brief exercise which can be used by athletes, teams, corporate and other community settings to encourage individuals to compose and create their own personal declarations of their values. Students and adventurers of all ages are encouraged to record their own set of core values on an index card. Then they go to our website to get helpful hints and guidance about applying these principles to their lives. It has been piloted by coaches and teams affiliated with the International Freeride Ski and Snowboard Association, and at a financial services firm in Vermont.

We've also made over 100 Adventure Scholarship Awards, where we seek to encourage and support adventurers who align their lives with something about which they are profoundly passionate. The criteria for award: passion, expression of core values, and financial need. Our website profiles our Adventure Scholars and features hot links to their social media accounts.

We currently have about 25 organizations who have partnered with us, and who support what we do and what we stand for. These have extended our reach to many more communities of interest. They have also sponsored fund-raising events on our behalf, and supported specific programs we manage.

We have accepted numerous speaking engagements at athletic events, at schools, at ski areas, at ski and outdoor movies. We also have developed our outreach capacity via deploying a new website, sending out bimonthly email newsletters to subscribers, and posting content on numerous social media channels, including an active presence on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Our team includes a bookkeeper, IT coordinator, an operations manager and of course our all-volunteer Board of Directors.

* We have awarded over 100 Adventure Scholarships to youth to enable them to pursue their personal adventure.

* We have piloted the Flyin Ryan Decisions curriculum in 1 Vermont high school and 2 middle schools, with more to come.

* We have brought the Core Values Challenge to an international winter sports athletic federation, and piloted its application in a business.

Still ahead of us:

* Developing indicators and benchmarks to more clearly delineate individual and group outcomes of our engagement with students, athletes and adventurers of all ages.

* Developing the Decisions curriculum so it can be more readily adopted by teachers across Vermont and the US.

* Finding other ways to broaden the impact and reach of Core Values.

Financials

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Operations

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Flyin Ryan Hawks Foundation

Board of directors
as of 01/03/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Peter Hawks

Alica Hawks

Learfield Sports

John Painter

South Burlington High School

Samantha Stetson

Facebook

Adam Comey

Mountain Sports International

Bryan Salatino

General Dynamics

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/3/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Disability status
Person without a disability

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