Youth Development

SOS Outreach

aka SOS   |   Avon, CO   |  http://www.sosoutreach.org

Mission

At SOS Outreach, our goal is to help kids gear up for life, ultimately changing their lives and the communities they touch.

Ruling year info

1992

Executive Director

Mr. Seth Ehrlich

Main address

P.O. Box 2020

Avon, CO 81620 USA

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Formerly known as

Snowboard Outreach Society

Meet the Wilderness

EIN

84-1332544

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Recreational and Sporting Camps (Day, Overnight, etc.) (N20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We believe that youth are not receiving the context and skills needed for their success. By providing a consistent caring approach incorporating outdoor programming and leadership training longterm impacts are created.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Programs for youth in the outdoors

Operating as an out of school program, SOS engages participants from fourth grade through high school graduation with the popular appeal of outdoor adventure sports. Once SOS interests youth with the adventure activity, it then introduces character development through six core values and leadership training. The organization further fosters opportunities for students to participate as active and giving members of their communities through service learning projects. Throughout the program, participants are supported by adult volunteers from the community who guide them through the program, encourage them in goal setting, guide their service project selection, and serve as positive role models. Introductory programs are one to two-day exposure programs which introduce students to SOS’s core values and new outdoor sports. Introductory programs include one day rock climbing, teams ropes courses, and skiing/snowboarding days. Learn to Ride programs are multi-day programs in which a new SOS core value is introduced and coupled with an outdoor activity daily. Learn to Ride programs empower students to make concrete connections between the outdoor activity and the meaning of the SOS core values. The Mentor Program provides a four-year year-round curriculum, with each year offering an increased commitment to the community and personal growth. Students engage in leadership training with a consistent adult mentor, take part in service learning and life skills workshops, as well as participate in outdoor sports. The Peer Mentor Program is designed for students who have shown extraordinary commitment to SOS's six core values throughout five previous years in Learn to Ride and the Mentor Program. The progressive curriculum enables youth to develop mentor-based leadership capabilities, communication skills, and self-directed goal-setting, equipping participants to take initiative in their communities.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Budget
$1,160,000

Where we work

Awards

Nonprofit of the Year 2014

Vail Valley Partnership

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

At-risk youth

Related Program

Programs for youth in the outdoors

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of youth who have a positive adult role model

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

At-risk youth

Related Program

Programs for youth in the outdoors

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

All participants in our Mentoring Program are assigned to a small group of 3-5 kids and paired with a positive adult mentor.

Number of youth who model positive behaviors for peers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

At-risk youth

Related Program

Programs for youth in the outdoors

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Participants in our Peer Mentor Program model positive behaviors for younger participants in the program.

Number of youth mentored

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

At-risk youth

Related Program

Programs for youth in the outdoors

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Participants in our Mentoring Program are assigned to a group of 3-5 kids and paired with a positive adult mentor.

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

SOS has one ultimate goal: provide at-risk youth with the skills and tools necessary to enable them to reach their full potential and enjoy healthy and successful futures. <br/><br/>Goal 1 - Engage youth through year-round, progressive program to foster a safe community and empower students to overcome and persevere obstacles they face. <br/>Goal 2- Promote individual student success by addressing need for positive adult contact, leadership development, civic engagement and integration of core values through participation in SOS programs.

SOS's curriculum provides students with the skills to overcome their circumstances by offering a long-term program that encourages commitment to the community and their own personal development. SOS programs will be a component of partner youth agency and school curriculums. The goal is to encourage parallels between academic achievement and the outdoor, adventure-based program. SOS's evaluation results demonstrate that students experience greater school success as a result of the core value curriculum and positive adult mentorship.

SOS is proud to leverage every dollar donated to the organization nearly three times through in-kind contributions. The Board of Directors represents a wide variety of ski and snowboard industry companies and as such, facilitates significant contributions which allow the organization to offer programs at an extremely low cost to participants. <br/><br/>As briefly highlighted earlier, SOS relies heavily on volunteers to implement both summer and winter programs. More than 900 adults support SOS programs nationwide. Community members volunteer to mentor participants and work within their schools and youth agencies to recruit participants. Each adult volunteer is trained to implement the core value curriculum and to promote positive youth development and goal setting for participants. In addition, teachers and youth agency coordinators extend the SOS curriculum into their daily interactions with participants.

SOS implements a comprehensive evaluation plan that includes both process and outcome measures. The process evaluation examines program fidelity and indicators of the extent to which those in the target population were exposed to individual strategies and interventions over specified periods of time (i.e., dosage and duration). It also captures the demographic and psychographic characteristics of the individuals served by the program, such as age, cultural background, school of attendance, socioeconomic status, and pre-existing beliefs and behaviors related to the project objectives.

As discussed earlier, our intensive evaluation efforts continue to demonstrate that it is the longevity and consistency of programming that creates our greatest outcomes. As such, SOS has transitioned from one-day programming to offering multi-year and year-round programming. Instead of a seasonal solution, SOS is moving forward with opportunities for participants to progress through the SOS curriculum year-round.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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SOS Outreach

Board of directors
as of 7/24/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Kristin Kenney-Williams

Vice President of Mountain Community Affairs, Vail Resorts, Inc.

Term: 2018 - 2021

Wendy Carey

Executive Vice President, Serius Innovation

Bill Cotton

President and Owner, Optic Nerve Sunglasses

Buie Seawell

Clinical Professor, Daniels' School of Business - University of Denver

Kat Jobanputra

Senior Vice President of Retail/Rental, Alterra Mountain Co.

Lee Turlington

Chief Product Officer, Canada Goose

Jason Glass

Superintendent, Jefferson County School District

Bobby Murphy

General Manager, Stowe Mountain

Andrew Littman

Attorney, Stevens, Littman, Biddson, Tharp & Weinberg

Nate Fristoe

Dave Portman

Executive Vice President- Eagle County, First Bank

Phil Gosch

Partner, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Rob Hofferman

Managing Director, HLK Branding Agency

Mike Lewis

Senior Director of Base Area Operations, Park City Mountain Resort

Michael Reger

President, GelTech Solutions

Greg Sullivan

Chief Operating Officer, Vail Resorts Retail

Claus Tjaden

Senior Partner, Martinez Tjaden, LLP

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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Keywords

skiing, snowboarding, winter, youth, athletics, adventure, at-risk youth, mentoring, service, snowboard, ski, kids, hike, climb, wilderness, outdoor, mountain bike, mountain, active, action, recreation