I believed it would be best for me to create a service learning project that was socially sustainable and just but also something I relate to well. Snowboarding has been a passion for me for over a decade now and it has even assisted me to my major of Ski Business & Resort Management from Sierra Nevada College.
I would like to create an that will be a great organization to work with and an extremely worthy cause. I would like to be able to bring together high school students and adult mentors from a broad range of academic, cultural and economic backgrounds. All of the people involved would engage in activities rotating between intensive service-learning projects and snowboarding. The demanding program addresses three core competencies: ethic of service, job-readiness, and civic leadership. Music, snowballs, fresh food, and a sense of community are common threads that tie the program together.
The adults in the program would be engaging in leadership through leading the groups of high school students. I think it would be beneficial for many college students to mentor the high school students and I believe that Sierra Nevada College would have a wonderful pool of students to choose from. The leadership and organizational/managerial skills of the college students will be built through the civic leadership which ultimately creates job-readiness.
The high school students would benefit and flourish their social skills while engaging in leadership of their own. The program would teach them to lead on the mountain (taking turns leading runs), and also in the classroom where they can apply leadership and social skills with a better ethic of service. The students will also partake in learning on the mountain. The students will learn about snow science and what conditions will trigger avalanches. Possibly sponsors could be brought into the organization to help pay for all of the students to get AIARE certifications.
My Service Learning Project empowers youth to overcome obstacles and build strong community through snowboarding, public service, and a curriculum of social justice.