Latest News – July 24

Lake County Advocates Needs Supplies to Help Victims

Advocates_AlderHouseThe Advocates of Lake County is in need of some items for The Alder House. If you or your group or organizations can help, please contact The Advocates at 719-486-3530.

  • Backpacks/Suitcases
  • Strollers
  • Sweatpants and Sweatshirts
  • Little Boys Clothing (12 mo+)
  • Summer Clothing
  • Young Women’s Clothing (Size 6+)
  • Toothbrushes
  • Produce & Meat for Food Pantry

Established in 1983, the Advocates of Lake County’s mission is to assist any victim of crime, violence, or other traumatic event, primarily victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The Advocates work for positive social change, seeking to promote a safe and healthy community. Contact 719-486-3530. you may also connect with them on Facebook: LINK.Obit_Spacer_Thin

SOS Outreach Launches Summer Program Next Week

Summer is here, bringing with it the smell of bug spray, campfires, and sweaty climbing shoes. The SOS Outreach summer program is in full swing and next week kicks off a special Leadville Summer program.  It is a weeklong day-camping experience including service learning activities and outdoor adventure activities like hiking and rock climbing. 

The SOS Summer Program launches next week. Photo: SOS Outreach.

The SOS Summer Program launches next week. Photo: SOS Outreach.

“This year we’re excited to announced that the program is comprised entirely of SOS participants from Leadville and will occur in the area,” stated Sara Henley, the Americorps VISTA Development Coordinator for the SOS Outreach Program. For those residents interested in having their children participate in this program, contact: LINK.

SOS Outreach is a youth development non-profit program that gets at-risk and underserved youth skiing, snowboarding, hiking, biking, camping etc. in the area.  They are a long-term mentoring and adventure sport program that helps at risk youth make positive decisions for healthy and successful lives

Volunteer Cameron Jones demonstrates a trick at the SOS Outreach skateboard outing on Leadville's Mineral Belt Trail in the Summer 2013. Photo: Leadville SOS Program.

Volunteer Cameron Jones demonstrates a trick at the SOS Outreach skateboard outing on Leadville’s Mineral Belt Trail in Summer 2013. Photo: SOS Outreach.

SOS has been exposing youth to skiing and snowboarding for twenty years, but it wasn’t until 2009 that the organization began to offer summer opportunities as well. Summer programs enable SOS to share new sports with kids who might not otherwise go backpacking, or rock climbing, or paddle boarding or biking. Now SOS can work with kids year round!

Beyond just sports, SOS engages students in leadership, service and core value activities, which will help them succeed in the future. The fun activity – whether it is snowboarding or rock climbing – motivates at-risk students to get involved, but the opportunities for personal development keep them involved. Each activity day is paired with one of SOS’s core values, including courage, discipline, integrity, wisdom, compassion and humility. Students discuss the meanings of the values with their peers and mentors, exploring how those values connect both to the sport and to their daily lives.

The SOS Outreach program is supported, in part, by donations and grants, If you’re interested in supporting the program with your time or money, connect HERE.

In past summers, The SOS Summer Program  has included horseback riding thanks to local donation of services. Can you help? Photo: Leadville SOS Program.

In past summers, The SOS Summer Program has included horseback riding thanks to local donation of services. Can you help? Photo: Leadville SOS Program.

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