Vail’s SOS Outreach graduates 156 kids |

Vail’s SOS Outreach graduates 156 kids

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the DailySOS Outreach is graduating 156 skiers and snowboarders through its Learn to Ride program this season.

VAIL ” SOS Outreach, formerly Snowboard Outreach Society, is celebrating the graduation of 156 Eagle County participants this week. Participants are graduates of SOS’s introductory Learn to Ride curriculum.

SOS Outreach is a nonprofit organization that builds character and self-esteem in at-risk youth through snowsports.

SOS expanded to include skiing during the 2007-08 season to their programs for youth development.

“This season we experienced 100-percent growth,” executive director Arn Menconi said. “We’re really excited about the opportunities that were created for SOS participants locally and nationally.”

SOS Outreach mentors and teaches at-risk youth valuable life skills and core values through three programs: Diversity, Learn to Ride (LTR), and University.

The LTR curriculum features five days, where the youth get professional instruction and all necessary gear. The LTR program focuses on one of the five core values each day: courage, discipline, integrity, wisdom and compassion.

Three-hundred-seventy participants completed this curriculum at Vail and Beaver Creek during the 2007-08 season.

The University program is part of a four-year curriculum, which incorporates community service and life-skill workshops. The youth also have mentors, called Sherpas. One-hundred-thirty-seven youth are registered for this program and will graduate April 6.

For more information or to get involved today, call (970) 926-9292 or visit

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