Originally Posted by MojoMan
Please don't take this the wrong way. I know the intention is admirable but I always am a bit confused by such programs. Skiing is just way too expensive an activity for inner city families or kids and I always wonder why such programs exist. I would think introducing the kids to Cross-Country skiing or something the kids can do realitvely cheaply with just some used equipment would be a better option.
I know the initial introduction is free, but $75 lift tickets, rental fees, and transportation to the hills is pretty much totally out of the realm of almost anyone who lives in the innter city.
Well maybe HoseB will come back on and address this issue. I basically agree with what you're saying, and actually bypassed doing something like that for your reasons. I don't know that it's necessarily better to not expose them though just because they can't afford it now. In some ways by giving into that idea you are saying they will never be able to afford it . Should they not be exposed to cars because they can't afford them now?
I suppose it comes down to what one's intent is. Clearly yeskids does not have the intent by taking kids skiing of "see what you can't have". Although I know nothing about the organization, it seems focused on making positive changes for under advantaged kids and uses skiing/snowboarding as a means of that.
From their website:
Yes Kids take our programs seriously. For all YES participants, there are crystal-clear rules. If they are not adhered to, students lose the privilege of participation in our activities. For more involved kids, we have a system of increasing responsibility. A good YES Kid becomes a weekly Junior Volunteer, who becomes a ski mechanic, who becomes a ski or snowboard instructor. After training with us, we are often able to place our participants in jobs at local stores, businesses, and the service industry.
Our Impact? YES programs have facilitated success experiences, taught job readiness skills, and inspired teamwork. Harvard Business School recently evaluated the socioeconomic impact of YES on Boston youth and found...
- 90% of YES alumni graduated High School
- 50% of YES alumni go onto college
- 1 of every 4 alumni continue to ski and average of 3 days per year for an average of 10 years
- YES Alumni generate over 12,500 skier days per year for the ski industry
- YES delivers services in a cost effective manner