SOS Outreach students graduate
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – SOS Outreach capped the first year at Lake Tahoe with a graduation ceremony May 7 for 15 students from its University program on the South Shore.
“We are enormously proud of our University graduates,” said Justin Behravesh, the Lake Tahoe program manager for SOS Outreach. “These dedicated students showed an enormous amount of maturity and a strong understanding of our five core values over the course of the season. They truly are future leaders of their community.”
In the university program, students earned a season pass and seasonal rental at a significant discount by completing three service projects. The South Shore students performed their projects with the South Lake Tahoe branch of the El Dorado County Library, the American Red Cross of Northern Nevada and the South Lake Tahoe Women’s Center.
The University program pairs students with mentors from the community, or “Sherpa’s,” who stay in touch with the students throughout the season.
In addition to the University program at Heavenly, SOS also conducted outreach efforts at Sierra-at-Tahoe, Alpine Meadows, Boreal, Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area, Sugarbowl, and Northstar-at-Tahoe.
SOS Outreach grew out of the Snowboard Outreach Society, which began in 1993 in Colorado’s Vail Valley. Since then, the group has expanded from snowboarding to including skiing and snowshoeing.
In January 2010, SOS merged with Meet the Wilderness, a 34-year-old organization that highlights summer adventure programs.
In 2009-10, SOS served 5,190 youth with 18,553 total program days.