SOLE Offers Summer Scholarships Again for 2015!

Thanks to very generous Idaho Gives donors SOLE is able to offer families the opportunity to apply for scholarships again during the 2015 summer season!  All scholarships will be granted through the SOLE Youth Scholarship Fund (SYSF), and eligibility is based on specific program-type, defined need, and available funds. To apply for a scholarship today please visit our SYSF application page by clicking here!

 

 

Welcome SOLE’s Newest Family Member!


My family moved to beautiful Sandpoint, Idaho this year. We consider ourselves very lucky! My husband, Taggart, my daughter, Sawyer, and I, have had a wonderful year exploring this area. I can’t remember what exactly I was Googling when I stumbled across SOLE. My new stay-at-home mom employment status combined with my counseling and education background must have led to my online search for something to do part time on a cold Sandpoint winter day. Whether it was a volunteer or work opportunity I was hoping to help in some way. As soon as I read what SOLE does and saw NATURE and KIDS in the same mission at a nonprofit company based in my new hometown. I knew that I had to reach out. I am glad I did.

 

Now I sit here writing this as a volunteer Outreach Coordinator for this awesome organization doing just what my title states: reaching out. I am reaching out to you if:

  • You are a parent who would love for your child to benefit from outdoor education programs that gets your kid outside learning about the way that our natural systems work!  These programs teach youth outdoor skills, encourage self-exploration, teach leadership qualities, and boost self-confidence! This type of education is guaranteed to benefit them in more ways than they (or you!) could imagine.
  • You are a youth who feels called to be a part of an outdoor program that gets you away from the pressures of your life and cell phone and friends and school and problems to learn something about yourself and the path you want to take!
  • I am reaching out to you if you are an individual who wants to support an organization that is passionate about helping our next generation be a better, stronger, more self-reliant, and confident generation through experiences in the natural world!

Personally, I grew up in a small town in southeast Alaska, prior to iEverything and without cable television. So, I naturally spent my days (and many nights for that matter) OUTSIDE.  I can close my eyes and think back to my childhood and instantly remember the breathlessness I felt running as fast as I humanly could through the trails near my house. I remember building tree forts with friends and having the hours pass by so quickly as we were enveloped in our task. I remember exploring nature on a hike or walk with my family and being fascinated and invigorated by every bit of it.

What is cool about what SOLE does is that it takes that outdoor magic and combines it with programs that teach outdoor skills and educate youth beyond classroom walls. To me, being a parent of a curious little one year old, this seems to be what many youth are missing out on these days. I am excited to be a part of this organization and can’t wait to see what the future holds for SOLE and those who are lucky enough to participate in one of our outdoor experiences!

Feel free to contact me!

Danni Schoenrock, M.S.
Outreach Coordinator
dannielle.schoenrock@soleexperiences.org
360.202.0217

SOLE’s SnowSchool Experience Program Receives a $10,000 Grant!


We are VERY excited to announce that Selkirk Outdoor Leadership & Education (SOLE), Inc. and our partners, the Lake Pend Oreille School District, have been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Pandhandle Alliance for Education (PAFE) for SOLE’s SnowSchool Experience program!

Because of this generous grant award 5th grade teachers and students in LPOSD will again have the opportunity to explore > achieve > lead again during during the 2015-2016 school year!  Monies will fully fund these programs from start to finish and will include (3) separate SnowSchool Experience SM programming days for each youth!

IMG_6050SOLE SnowSchool Experiences SM are winter experiential education programs for 4th – 12th grade youth, which focus on outdoor living and travel skills, winter ecology and snow science.  During these dynamic and intentional programs teachers and students receive a well-balanced experiential curriculum that is aligned to standards while also receive an opportunity for structured free-play.  SOLE custom-tailors all experiential programs including that which the LPOSD 5th graders will receive – to ensure students receive a top-notch program that reaches well beyond traditional norms.  This programming is perfect for schools located in mountain-based communities, and SOLE is looking forward to continuing to offer these programs at our established site locations in North Idaho, Northwestern Montana, and Eastern Washignton.

 

Did you know that during SOLE’s SnowSchool Experience programs many students snowshoe, experience, and learn about their local mountains and watershed for the first time?  

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Yup, that’s right – despite proximity many of our local area are not able to afford these transformational experiential education programs due to socioeconomic barriers.  What are we doing about it?  SOLE continues to work diligently to secure funding for 4th – 12th grade youth at all SnowSchool Experience SM sites in Idaho, Montana, and Washington.  Funding will ensure SOLE will be able to secure permits with land management agencies, purchase movable yurts to serve as multi-use classroom spaces; acquire outdoor and snow science equipment; provide transportation expenses for schools; and fund high quality Field Instructors.   Providing support for these resources will ensure that youth throughout the Inland Northwest will have access to these incredible outdoor experiences.  If you can assist us with these needs please contact us today or donate here.

Click here to learn more about SOLE SnowSchool Experiences SM.  If you are interested in signing up your school for SOLE SnowSchool Experiences SM next winter at one of our sites located throughout the Inland Northwest, feel free to contact us!

 

Idaho Gives BIG in 2015!

Screen Shot 2015-05-09 at 7.43.49 PM As the Idaho Gives saying goes – when we are ALL in, we ALL win!
This was no exception on May 7th, 2015 when I had the pleasure of witnessing local nonprofits in Bonner County, Idaho come together to work towards the common goal of supporting Idaho Gives – an annual 24-hour day of giving online for Idaho nonprofits.  It is not often that we have the time to take pause and come together to do some good, so experiencing this community-based grassroots effort was meaningful.  Together we were able to share our work to our stakeholders in Sandpoint, Hope, Bonner’s Ferry, Coeur d’ Alene and other North Idaho communities at Idaho Gives ‘donations stations’ and local events, including stops at our gracious hosts Evans Brothers Coffee Roasters and the Idaho Pour Authority.  Overall, Idahoans should be proud.  During Idaho Gives donors did in fact ‘GIVE’ to Idaho nonprofits totaling over $1,000,000 donated throughout our great state!  

As part of Idaho Gives, SOLE was the recipient of (2) separate ‘donation awards’ (i.e., financial awards given out periodically by the Idaho Nonprofit Center when people donate throughout the day). Specifically, two of the donations we received won a $500 ‘Golden Ticket Award’, as well as, a $250 ‘Donor Appreciation Award’. These awards brought our grand total to $2,016.00 received during Idaho Gives 2015!  As a grassroots, voulnteer-driven nonprofit we view this as a great day because some local area youth will now be able to explore, achieve, and lead through the transformational experiential and outdoor education programs we provide.  Specifically, these funds will be placed in the SOLE Youth Scholarship Fund – a scholarship fund for local area schools and individuals to participate in SOLE programming.

As we wind down Idaho Gives, I want to personally thank everyone involved from our volunteers, our board members, our partnering Bonner County nonprofits, and especially those that donated to our cause during Idaho Gives.  Because of your continued support we are able to work towards our goal to ‘reach and teach’ 1,000 more youth through the transformational experiential and outdoor education programs that we provide.  As we move towards summer please follow me on the trail via our eNewsletter and our blog at:  https://www.soleexperiences.org/sole-blog/ 

Sincerely,
Dennison Webb, M.A.
Founder | Executive Director