Who We Serve

SOS’ evidence-based curriculum offers at-risk and underserved students ages 9-18 up to 9 years of outdoor
experiential learning coupled with positive adult mentorship, character development, values-based leadership
training, and community service. SOS recruits youth starting as early as fourth grade and provides progressive, prevention-based programming, targeting at-risk youth who exhibit early behavioral indicators that often lead to early substance abuse, teen pregnancy, drop-out, and other negative and risky behaviors.

SOS programs address the opportunity disparity that exists in our communities and are committed to providing underserved youth with access to positive adult role models, risk prevention education, and athletic and academic enrichment opportunities vital to future success.


Our Participants:

  • 79% identified as an ethnic minority
  • 60% had an annual household income less than $40,000
  • 44% resided in a non two-parent households or group homes
  • 56% did not have health insurance or were enrolled in Medicaid

Most Common Self-Reported Risk Factors:

  • Low-income family
  • English as a second language
  • Single-parent household

Where does this information come from? During the registration process, parents or teachers complete a participant assessment form that identifies the social, academic, familial and economic factors that identify their child as a good fit for SOS programs.

Who does SOS collaborate with? Partner youth agencies include Boys & Girls clubs, school districts, counseling services, and other agencies that work with youth who are underserved.  Partnering with youth agencies allows those agencies to take the lessons learned from SOS, the core values, and experiences into a participant’s daily life.


If you are a teacher or work with underserved youth in another capacity and are interested in getting involved with SOS, please email sos@sosoutreach.org or call 970-926-9292