Give the gift of education so youth can know before they go!
Kip Rand instructed American Institute for Avalanche Research & Education (AIARE) avalanche education courses for SOLE, and also served as the Director and lead avalanche forecaster for the Wallowa Avalanche Center (WAC). Tragically Kip was killed by an avalanche in 2016 in the vary mountains that he called home just outside Joesph, OR. Funds donated to the Kip Rand AIARE Youth Scholarship Fund will be specifically ear-marked so youth can participate in AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Education Courses to ensure they are able access these educational opportunities despite financial barriers.
The pre-frontal adolescent brain develops between ages of 16-25. This portion of the brain is directly responsible for navigating the seemingly complex process known as critical-thinking and decision-making – essential tools when preparing for, and traveling in avalanche terrain. Despite proximity many local area youth are without the necessary means to take a Level 1 avalanche education course. It is our aim to minimize this barrier through awarding scholarships to our AIARE Level 1 courses to individuals between the ages of 16-25 y/o.
In addition to the socio-economic barriers present, it has been shown that individuals between the ages of 16 and 25 take on more risk-taking behaviors than any other age groups through cognition. We can mitigate many risk-taking behaviors (and save potential lives) by educating these individuals on brain development and how it relates to developing and executing effective decision-making, as well as, how to adquately prepare for, and how to minimize risk when traveling and skiing or riding in avalanche terrain.
SOLE will provide intentional and transformational experiential curricula centered on the AIARE program. In addition, to the traditional AIARE currriculum, there will be additional coursework tailored to educate adolescents on brain-development and how that affects decision-making and critical-thinking, risk taking, and other behaviors in avalanche terrain.
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