SOS Outreach was founded in 1993 in Colorado’s Vail Valley. As a nonprofit organization, SOS programs build character and self-esteem in youth through outdoor activities and the SOS curriculum. SOS served 5,190 youth in 2009-2010 and offered 18,553 total program days. This year SOS is projected to serve 5,500 youth in 15 states and New Zealand.
SOS began as the Snowboard Outreach Society, with a group of snowboarders who wanted to expose underprivileged youth to the mountains, as well as to the sport of snowboarding. Since its founding, SOS has expanded across individual winter sports to include skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing while incorporating a youth development curriculum.
In January, SOS merged with Meet the Wilderness, a 34-year-old organization based in summer adventure programs.The merger ensures that 2,000 additional youth are served through predominately summer outdoor adventure education programs. As a now combined organization, SOS is positioned to efficiently provide year-round programming to underserved youth.
Learn more and support SOS Outreach: sosoutreach.org