Give today to help us reach our match so we can get even more underserved rural youth unplugged and outdoors tomorrow! image

Give today to help us reach our match so we can get even more underserved rural youth unplugged and outdoors tomorrow!

Over 70% of those served by SOLE experience exploring and learning in and about their wildlands for the first time.

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With the help of Kochava, we are fundraising for our leaders of tomorrow...

Can you imagine a world without understanding and appreciating the wonders of nature?

Many rural youth throughout the Inland Northwest are faced with this reality every day. Over 50% of those SOLE serves qualifying for a free-and-reduced lunch (live in poverty). Coupled with a continued increase in media consumption (over 9.5 hours of non-school related time per day) our rural youth, and the communities where they reside, are facing a growing negative trend - an increase in disconnection from their wildlands leading to a lack of appreciation for, and understanding of, the essential role that these resources play and the benefits that they can provide.

Every year SOLE aims to address this need by providing over 1,200 rural youth affordable access to intentional and transformational to educational experiences outdoors, like our award-winning and nationally-recognized E-STEM (environment, science, technology, engineering, and math) SnowSchool Experience program. Watch this place-based experiential education program at the short 7 minute video below. Without the necessary financial support each year, SOLE would not be able to adequately develop, equip, and facilitate these novel educational experiences for our local and regional stakeholders.

The communities of the Inland Northwest rely on our natural resources. From timber to outdoor recreation opportunities, our natural resources is a common thread which we all rely on, day in and day out. As such, it is imperative that we fully understand the natural systems in our local environs, and how to best conserve them for generations to come. In addition, due to proximity these urban and backcountry environs provide the ideal setting to address academic content standards in a relevant manner

Your donation today will help us meet our generous match from our friends and community partners at Kochava $1 for $1 up to $1,000 on #GivingTuesday to ensure that underserved youth in the Inland Northwest and beyond are afforded the opportunity tomorrow to explore, achieve, and lead outdoors despite existing socio-economic barriers.

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Background on SOLE:

SOLE provides transformational experiential education for our stakeholders, most of whom are rural youth. Many SOLE programs blend place-based education with outdoor education, allowing course participants to develop outdoor living and travel skills coupled with a firm understanding of the wild landscapes that they are traveling in. These interdisciplinary education experiences also provide less tangible outcomes such as social and emotional growth and leadership development.

SOLE's Core Values (Explore, Achieve, Lead, Reach, and Teach) and 4 Care Philosophy (Self, Others, Community, Resources) serves as the foundation of every SOLE Experience, fostering the opportunity to transfer knowledge and new skills into future settings. After all, we believe it is what happens after the SOLE Experience where the real transformation occurs.

Explore. Achieve. Lead. It's what we do.