A 2010 U.S. National Wildlife Federation study found that by the time an American child has reached kindergarten they have watched, on average, 5,000 hours of television. That terrifying number is why the nonprofit SOS Outreach is bridging the digital-outdoor gap for kids who could use some time on the slopes.
By bringing kids outside to snowboard, ski, snowshoe, and hike, SOS Outreach’s goal is not only to get them moving, but to build character, self-respect, compassion, and courage—lessons largely absent from Keeping Up With the Kardashians. That’s where you come in.
Get Involved: If you’re going to spend your winter on the slopes anyway, why not share your love with a grommet? Winter Program volunteers spend two to five days on-hill with the kids, teaching them basic skills. Sherpa and Youth Mentors commit to a 10-day, winter-long program that also includes teaching your mentee the importance of giving back by joining him or her for community service projects like volunteering at animal shelters or ringing bells for the Salvation Army.
Have gear but not time? You can donate old boards, tents, hiking boots, and more to SOS Outreach for their year-round programs.
Have money but not time? From now until October 20th, all donations up to $10,000 are being matched by The North Face through their Double the Love campaign. Click here to donate.
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