Weather permitting, tonight will be the third week our PAL Officers/Deputies will take five teens up to Mt. Hood Meadows to learn how to snowboard! This is our fifth season partnering with CHILL, a nonprofit affiliated with Burton Snowboards that strives to not only teach young people how to ride, but also inspire them to be the best they can be!
Every week, for six weeks, PAL picks up five teens from local high schools with their law enforcement mentors. We drive over to Gresham and they hop on the bus to travel up the mountain. As they travel up the mountain, teens are not just on their phones or chatting with folks on the bus, they are learning. And each week CHILL highlights a different characteristic, a characteristic they get to put into practice on the mountain that night.
This being the third week the teens and CHILL will be focusing on the word: Patience. Already they’ve discussed Respect and Courage. By the end of the sessions they will have covered Persistence, Responsibility, and Pride as well. It is because CHILL chooses to go beyond just teaching our teens to board, that we have partnered with them the last five years. It also helps that Burton and CHILL make it incredibly affordable for us to participate and provide the gear needed for our teens to borrow to be safe and warm.
Snowboarding with CHILL has become a highlight our our teen programming and the officers and deputies that go up with the teens are just as excited for the experience. Check out some of the pictures from our first two weeks below and have a rad Thursday!