970-926-ROCK (7625) garys@kzyr.com

Last DJ airs every Friday morning at 7:30am.

Guests play music of their choosing and discuss local happenings, their businesses, and more.

This week, we featured Arn Menconi of SOS Outreach!


sos outreach

Inspiring Youth to Make Positive Decisions for Healthy and Successful Lives.  

SOS Outreach is a youth development nonprofit that fosters self-confidence, leadership skills, and positive decision making in underserved youth. SOS programs are unique in their use of adventure sports to engage participants for future success.


20 Years of SOS Outreach:

1993: Arn Menconi founded SOS Outreach, as the Snowboard Outreach Society (SOS), to improve the negative societal perception of the snowboard culture existing in the 1980s and the early 1990s.

1994: SOS Outreach organizes a snowboard competition and raises $300 for the Vail Valley Medical Center.

1995: The Eagle County office opens its doors and15 inner-city Denver youth try snowboarding for the first time.

1998: 200 youth try snowboarding at Vail and Beaver Creek Resorts, launching the five-day SOS Learn to Ride curriculum. SOS develops a character-building curriculum based on the core values of courage, discipline, integrity, wisdom and compassion.

2000: SOS winter programs grow to serve 600 youth. SOS develops a multi-year curriculum which focuses on value-based leadership, launching the four-year University program.

2004: SOS serves 1500 youth through winter programs. Service learning projects are added to the multi-year curriculum requirements.

2007: SOS changes its name to SOS Outreach to demonstrate its growth beyond just snowboarding. SOS opens full-time offices in Summit County, Colorado and Denver Metro, Colorado. SOS also launches SnowCore, a one or two-day ski or snowboard program exposing more youth to snow sports. SOS serves 3000 youth.

2008: SOS opens the Seattle office, expanding programs throughout the Pacific Northwest.

2009: SOS merges with Meet the Wilderness, a 34 year old organization that introduced youth to summer adventure sports. The merger enables SOS to serve 5000 youth annually and develop the year-round, multi-year curriculum.

2010: SOS opens the Tahoe office, expanding programs throughout the Lake Tahoe Region.

2013: Having served a total of 36,282 youth and celebrating 20 years, SOS adds humility as the sixth core value.