Your update on all things SOS!
Your update on all things SOS!
INSIDE THE CIRCLE:
SEPTEMBER EDITION
As we wrap up our 25th program year, we thank you for your support of the 65,000+ youth we've inspired since our founding! This past year has been an unbelievable year of accomplishments and milestones for SOS youth. Take a peek at our annual impact report, highlighting some of the major celebrations and tremendous youth accomplishments your support has made possible over the past year!  
Program registrations are in full swing! Across locations, our team is busy assisting participants and their families to complete the registration process for the upcoming season. Through our evidence-based progressive curriculum, each year requires youth to make an increased commitment to the core values taught by SOS, community service, and developing their leadership capabilities. This year, we look forward to supporting over 2,500 kids in our introductory programs, over 750 students in our 4-year mentoring program, and 100 in our capstone peer mentoring program. Through these opportunities, youth will discover their passions, learn the skills they need to succeed, and grow into the next generation of explorers and community leaders. 
Did you know youth with a mentor are 52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of school?
Step up this school year and help youth stay in school and achieve academic success by becoming an SOS Outreach mentor today!
Visit sosoutreach.org to learn more or email us to make a difference for a child in your community. 
Written by North Lake Tahoe program manager, Amina 

Between every two pine trees is a doorway to a new world” - John Muir

As we gear up for another school year and another SOS winter season, I would like to take a moment to share some highlights from the 6-day backpacking trip the youth in Tahoe went on this summer with Lasting Adventures. 

My name is Amina, I manage programs out of North Lake Tahoe, and I had the opportunity to accompany SOS youth into the Yosemite backcountry - specifically, Tuolumne Meadows high country. For six days, we carried everything that we needed to be self-sufficient on our backs... continue reading on our blog 
Earlier this year, we put out an Alumni Survey to reconnect with some of our past participants. Let's just say, we have been overwhelmed by the number of responses we've received and are excited to share them with you. This month, we highlight Jaqueline.
Name: Jaqueline
Age: 23
Years in SOS Outreach: 4
SOS Location: Denver, CO
Career: Financial Underwriter
Do you still ski or snowboard? Yes
After high school, what have you been up to?
I graduated from the University of Denver in 2017 with my bachelors in business administration with a concentration in finance. After I graduated, I found a job using my degree as a financial underwriter and have currently been there for 2 years!

How do you think SOS Outreach has impacted your life? 
I have always been an introverted person, but SOS helped me get over my fear of speaking in groups and getting to know new people. Without SOS I don’t think I would be the adventurous and out-going person I am today. Because of SOS, I am also still involved in doing some volunteer work with a few organizations in Denver.
Please join us in welcoming a few new faces to our incredible staff team! Elizabeth Williams has joined as our new National Program Director based in Denver, CO. Bringing her many years of positive youth development experience, we are thrilled to have her join the leadership team to expand youth opportunities across all locations.
This season, SOS also welcomes four additional team members to the SOS family. Join us in celebrating Kate in our Summit County, CO office, Heather and Courtney in our Eagle County, CO office, and Kari in Denver, CO! 
Want to join the team? We're currently looking for passionate people to fill a variety of roles. If you're looking for an opportunity to be part of a leading national youth-development nonprofit that provides life-changing opportunities for youth, SOS could be the place for you! 
Current position openings: 
9/15 Nonprofit Family Carnival - Dillon, CO - 2pm-6pm -- Join us for an afternoon of fun at Dillon's Marina Park! Face painting, a bouncy castle, games/activities for kids of all ages, magic shows, live music, and food. 
Last month, SOS team member, Elizabeth, completed a Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainer's course to further support the behavioral health needs of our incredible participants. We look forward to sharing this resource across the SOS family, so stay tuned for training opportunities in your community! Many thanks to Mind Springs and Katz Amsterdam Foundation for bringing this training to our mountain communities and The Colorado Health Foundation for your partnership to improve resources and support for SOS youth.
$34,693 That's how much we raised last month through our year-end campaign to help youth discover their passions and build the courage to carve their own paths. And thanks to individuals like you, we unlocked the generous $15,000 challenge match from Uta Pippig and Take The Magic Step!
Eagle County, CO participant, Michelle, shares how new experiences can shatter conceived barriers and how she learned this on her recent backpacking trip with SOS, “Being away from civilization was tough because we are all so used to it and comfortable. Most of us don’t really think about life outside of our comfort zones. So when we do experience life without normal civilization, it’s like ‘woah, this is actually pretty dope.'"
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