One of the parents of our SSA participants shared this testimony from the past snow season, “The experience in SSA was very positive for our son. He looked forward to being picked up every day as they taught him a new sport, gave him more confidence in himself, and got him out of his comfort zone to do new things, in addition to seeing and appreciating his surroundings in Colorado that by our own means would not have been possible. Thank you so much!”
The continuation of the SSA program is essential to Summit County’s mountain culture and even more importantly, aligns with The Summit Foundation’s mission to mobilize resources and enrich the lives of individuals here. Through the organizations’ assistance of SSA, together, we are actively empowering Summit County’s future generations.
In addition to SSA, The Foundation’s scholarship support gives locals, who otherwise would not be able to, a chance to participate in outdoor recreation. For the past three years, thanks to The Summit Foundation, BOEC has been able to grant funds to every local participant who requested aid and demonstrated financial need. More importantly, we have seen local participation in BOEC programming double in the past few years. Although BOEC participants come from all 50 states and 10 different countries, The Summit Foundation helps us focus on our very own community. Last year, over 40 locals took advantage of scholarships granted from The Summit Foundation. Throughout the pandemic, the scholarship support has been especially significant as it has helped keep local youth programming running year-round. With the assistance of The Foundation, Building Hope, and several other community entities, BOEC supports the community’s need for serving youth and teens facing social isolation, hardship, or loss of after-school activity due to COVID-19 challenges. Together, our success in delivering The Teen Connection Program, in conjunction with several other community partners, has shown such promising results that these have now become year-round programs.