The Chill Foundation Continues to Inspire Youth Through Boardsports and is Expanding
The Chill Foundation is a private, non-profit organization that inspires youth to overcome challenges through boardsports. Founded in 1995 by Jake and Donna Carpenter, the owners of Burton Snowboards, Chill runs youth-development programming in 17 cities across North America. Chill's programs provide unique opportunities for youth between the ages of 10 and 18-years-old to learn to snowboard, skateboard, surf, and paddleboard. Throughout each six-week program, participants are exposed to positive adult role-models and other youth facing a variety of life challenges. Chill works with after-school programs, juvenile justice programs, mental health agencies, foster care programs, drug treatment programs, group homes, and youth centers to connect with youth who would benefit most from Chill's positive youth development programming.
Each week, youth are taken to the mountain, beach, or skate park to learn a new board sport. During the six weeks, participants not only learn their chosen sport, they also learn important life lessons about respect, patience, persistence, courage, responsibility, and pride. They are provided this unique opportunity completely free of charge – lift tickets, lessons, transportation, and gear are all provided at no cost to the youth so that all economic barriers are removed from participants having a life-changing experience.
Chill is rapidly expanding and growing its programs across the country and this year alone is expecting a 37 percent increase in the number of programs being held. In addition, Chill expects to see 378 program days and a 34 percent increase in the number of youth served throughout the year from 1,118 last year to 1,500 in fiscal year 2018. For the first time in 10 years, the organization is also excited to launch four new programs in four completely new cities. Those cities include Detroit, Miami, San Francisco, and Reno and the organization is currently looking for support in each city from donors and other non-profit agencies that want to get involved.
As part of an ongoing effort to tap into its alumni network, Chill also recently launched an alumni outreach initiative to stay connected with the more than 21,000 people who have graduated from its programs over the past 22 years. The organization is planning to have special alumni meet-up events across the country including alumni ride-days. In addition, the organization has partnered with Burton Snowboards to offer special discounts and promotions throughout the year and even guaranteed job interviews at Burton Snowboards for any Chill alum who meets the core job requirements for the position. To get access to these great benefits, alumni can register at www.chill.org/alumni.
All of the great momentum the organization is seeing is thanks to its large network of supporters. Because of both individual and corporate donors, the organization is able to continue expanding into new cities and providing additional days of programming. To learn more about The Chill Foundation, make a donation, or to find out how you can get involved, visit www.Chill.org.