Eagle County, CO
EAGLE COUNTY, CO
In 1993, SOS Outreach was founded in partnership with Vail Resorts at Vail Mountain. Today, it engages 490 Eagle County youth with winter programs at both Vail and Beaver Creek. Our proven, multi-year curriculum keeps participants engaged in mentorship, outdoor adventure, community service, skill building workshops and career development all year long.
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When Alan moved from New Mexico to Avon, Colorado in 3rd grade, the mountain town culture of the Vail Valley was a whole new world to him. After previously attending a Spanish-speaking school, he was enrolled at Homestake Peak School where he quickly learned English to keep up with his school work. Within a year, Alan joined SOS Outreach and was introduced to snowboarding (now one of his greatest passions) and found a sense of belonging in this new community he called home.
Fast forward to today, Alan is all-in on SOS and the opportunities that come with it. This past summer, Alan began his first job at Vail Mountain through SOS’ Career Development Program, which teaches job skills and connects participants to paid jobs in the outdoor industry. Starting in the Lionshead Ticket Office, Alan learned the ins and outs of customer service and working for a mountain resort. When asked how this experience was for his first job he shared, “I couldn’t ask for anything better”. Alan is excited to see where new career experience and love for snowboarding will take him next.
LEARN TO RIDE
Kids learn a new outdoor activity and the importance of our six core values: courage, discipline, integrity, wisdom, humility, and compassion.
With the support of a dedicated mentor, participants continue outdoor activities, grow tangible life skills, perform community service, and put the core values to practice with peer groups.
HIGH SCHOOL & BEYOND
Youth have opportunities to apply the skills they’ve developed by engaging as Junior Mentors, with the Career Development Program and with the organization’s Alumni Network.
- Vail Daily: 30 years of empowering youth by connecting them to snowsports
- Vail Daily: Colorado Snowsports Museum inducts 2023 Hall of Fame honorees
- Vail Daily: Vail area teenagers build work ethic, confidence through SOS Outreach’s career development program
- Vail Daily: SOS Outreach receives $45,000 grant to expand its career development program
- Vail Valley Partnership: Belonging with SOS Outreach and My Future Pathways
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR COLORADO GIVES DAY ON DECEMBER 5!
school & YOUTH AGENCY PARTNERS
Homestake Peak School
My Future Pathways
Brush Creek Elementary
Eagle Valley Elementary
Red Hill Elementary
Gypsum Creek Elementary
Gypsum Creek Middle School
Stone Creek Charter School