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SOS Outreach 2008-09 Learn to Ride Programs

SOS Outreach has a few openings for groups to participate in our five-day Learn to Ride programs this spring! The program is a great, inexpensive way for students--whose families are struggling financially, for example, or who would benefit from the extra attention--to learn how to snowboard with the support of a great staff of caring adults! Please read below about our programs, dates, and details on how to register. And, feel free to pass this message on to your contacts who might be interested in participating this season. Thank you! SOS Outreach introduces its 2008-09 Learn to Ride Programs

We are a non-profit youth agency that works with youth with risk factors in their lives through adventure sports, adult mentoring, and community outreach projects. We offer two basic programs throughout the winter, the University program and the Learn to Ride Program.

Learn to Ride is a five day introductory program in which students who have never snowboarded before have an opportunity to come up to a mountain resort and learn how to slide on snow. Snowboarding is an adventure sport with a fast learning curve. Most students are very confident sliding on snow by the end of day five. We work to build self confidence and to provide a safe space to foster adult relationships and relationships with peers. We offer a structured, positive, and nurturing environment which is ideal for growth. Our main focus is our core values. Each day, students participate in learning a new core value. The core values are: Courage, Discipline, Integrity, Wisdom, and Compassion.

Learn to Ride graduates may be eligible to return for the four year SOS University Program. SOS University offers youth snowsports opportunities along with adult mentorship, structured community outreach projects and life skills workshops.

There is a fee for service for participating in the program. SOS will register a ½ group consisting of 12 students and 1-2 counselors, or a full group of 25 students and 2-4 counselors. A ½ group of 12 costs a total of $780 and a full group of 25 students costs $1625. The fee for service includes lift tickets, rental equipment, professional instruction, and any clothing a student or counselor may need. It is extremely important that each child that participates in the Learn to Ride program has health insurance.

There are requirements the youth agencies must follow and agree to, such as being on time to the mountain, providing transportation, lunches, and supervision.

If you decide this is something your youth organization would like to participate in (and it is WELL worth it!) the next steps are:

1. Register your youth organization online at www.sosoutreach.org/clienttracking by completing the "New Agency Form" 2. Fill out the enclosed form (Take a look at the TENTATIVE dates of the program and indicate your first and second choice. We will do our best to accommodate everyone, however we try to pair up compatible agencies should agencies register for ½ group only. 3. Send the deposit for ½ the fee for service, which is NON-REFUNDABLE, along with the enclosed form to reserve your spot in the Learn to Ride program.

Currently available sessions: 1) Sundays at SkiBowl: February 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22 (flexible but Sundays only, max 20 students, 2 - 4 adults)

2) Spring Break Madness at Meadows: March 21, 22, 28, 29, April 4 (15 students only for $975 total, 2 - 3 adults)

Last year we filled up early with groups and ended up with a waiting list, so please, if you are interested, get everything squared away with management, finances, and transportation and reserve your spot. We are looking forward to working with your youth organization this coming season. It is truly an unforgettable experience that both you and your students will value for a long time to come. Warmest regards, Malee Lucas Regional Program Manager--Oregon SOS OutreachCell:  (503) 816-3890Email: [email protected]

"Building character in at-risk and underprivileged youth to enhance decision-making for healthy and successful life experiences." Please visit our website:  www.sosoutreach.org

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