In 2010, SOS Outreach launched its Learn to Ride program with just a handful of participants. With the incredible impact witnessed since then, there was a clear need for the multi-year Mentor program. Thanks to funding from generous donors and support from the Summit at Snoqualmie, the mentor program was implemented during the 23-24 season with kids and teens enrolled from Seattle and Tacoma.
OUR IMPACT IN 2023
local youth engaged in SOS programs
of youth report that through SOS they have had opportunities to be a leader
hours spent outside together through SOS programs
Veronica’s (pictured left) first time loading onto a chairlift was with SOS in 7th grade. Though initially nervous, Veronica made her first turns and hasn’t looked back since.
As an alumnus of SOS, Veronica had the opportunity to join a cohort of 3 other women in SOS to design a custom limited edition Nordica ski, which was brought to market and sold with 100% of the sales going back to support SOS programs.
“SOS has helped me so much- career-wise, fun-wise, and character-wise. I’m very thankful,” says Veronica, “this is my first product launching and I’m not even out of school. This is what my major is all about, so it’s like so insane to have been able to do this…For me, this project is one of the ways I feel like I can give back to the community that has supported me so much”
Veronica is a college student pursuing a degree in industrial design with a minor in writing and literature and was thrilled to marry her love for the mountains and design through this project. “Being a part of this cohort is a game-changer. I love the outdoors and I love design. This project merged my two passions into something that’s really meaningful to me.”
Veronica hopes to share her experience with other young women, just as others have done for her. “I remember so many impactful chairlift conversations that have stuck with me to this day, especially with female mentors… I want to inspire young women just like my mentors did for me.”
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.
YOUTH AGENCY PARTNERS
Woodinville Community Facility
Oakridge Community Facility
Nisqually Youth Services