Vail Valley spotlight: SOS Outreach |

Vail Valley spotlight: SOS Outreach

Vail Valley, CO Colorado
Daily file photoSOS Outreach, a Vail Valley-based program targeting at-risk youth, saw an increase in participation last season and is predicting another increase in 2008-09.

Executive Director/president: Arn Menconi

Location: Vail Valley, Colorado nonprofit has offices in Seattle, Denver and Summit County, but our main office is in Edwards, at 210 Edwards Village Blvd., Suite A105, Edwards, CO 81632. Our mailing address is P.O. Box 2020, Avon, CO 81620.

Phone number: (970) 926-9292

Web address:

Hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday (excluding national holidays).

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Years in business: 15

What is the organization’s mission and who benefits from its work?

We aim to build character in underserved and underprivileged youth to enhance decision-making skills for healthy and successful life experiences. We use skiing and snowboarding as vehicles to teach our youth about five core values: courage, discipline, integrity, wisdom, and compassion. Additionally, we teach our youths about giving back to the community by getting them involved with different community service opportunities. We work with underserved youth, or youth who otherwise would not have opportunities to live up to their potential.

Where does your funding come from?

Our funding comes from grant writing, corporate and individual donations, and fundraisers.

How many staff members work for you?

We have 10 full-time staff members, two part-time staff members, four interns and hundreds of teachers, program coordinators, mentors and volunteers.

Anything else you’d like the community to know about the organization?

This season, SOS Outreach is excited to serve 3,600 youths at 35 Ski Resorts nationally. We recently merged with an organization called Meet The Wilderness, which also teaches youth similar lessons and skills as SOS through camping, hiking, rock climbing and other outdoors activities. This partnership will allow us to have year-round programming for our students and maintain contact with them throughout the year.

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Contact Community Editor Lauren Glendenning at, or 970-748-2983.

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