What is Chill
The Chill Foundation is an international non-profit organization that helps local youth overcome challenges they are facing in their everyday lives. Chill’s positive youth development curriculum focuses on the resiliency of the youth who participate in its boardsports programs to help them reach their full potential and see that there is a path out of their current circumstances. Chill works with social service agencies, mental health agencies, foster care programs, juvenile justice programs, and schools in 15 cities across North America. Everything that participants need to participate in snowboarding, skateboarding, surfing, and paddleboarding programs are offered at no cost to the youth.
A Deeper Dive
How are Chill’s programs “transformative”? Everything we do at Chill revolves around providing unique and challenging experiences that can lead to learning. In our everyday lives, we take part in all kinds of experiences, but it is the intentional selection of experiences that lead to growth. Therefore, at Chill we strive to design and select our experiences with that intention in mind. What is an experience at Chill? Doing an icebreaker at the beginning of program, connecting with new peers and adults, taking part in the core value (respect, courage, patience, persistence, responsibility, pride) activity for the day, learning how to snowboard, skateboard, surf, or paddleboard!
What is the goal of Chill’s programs? Chill acts as a short-term catalyst to drive immediate emotional and physical progression while contributing to longer-term goal achievement. Chill is the spark that allows one youth to reach the next step in her addiction treatment while providing another youth with hope and dreams for the future as he moves from foster home to foster home.
Ride. Inspire. Lead.
What does “Ride. Inspire. Lead.” mean?
Ride: Boardsports are more than the sports themselves. They’re a way of life; of seeing the world through a lens of creativity, innovation, healthy risk taking, and agility. When we ride sideways our perspective changes: we adapt to the obstacles around us; we are challenged physically, mentally, and emotionally; we become stronger, more resilient, and more confident – on and off the board. We take ACTION.
Inspire: Riding that first wave, learning how to ollie, carving a turn in fresh powder. Support, encouragement, connection with peers and adults. That is inspiration. At Chill, we gain inspiration from being in the elements, from new experiences and profound challenges, from one another, and from ourselves. This is the fuel for our fire.
Lead: We’re a community of riders. We ride together, we grow together, and we lead together. As a young person, it can be hard to find your voice, and sometimes even harder to share that voice. At Chill we create a positive, safe, supportive space that encourages youth to explore their own personal values, to stand up for what they believe in, to be part of an inclusive community, and to be the best version of themselves. This is who Chill youth are. This is what leaders are made of.
What if they ask if Chill is a part of Burton? Chill was founded by Jake and Donna Carpenter, the founders of Burton. Jake and Donna are the co-chairs of Chill’s board of directors. Chill is an independent 501c3 non-profit organization headquartered at Burton HQ and is an important part of the company’s social responsibility mission.
How is Chill funded? Approximately 75% of Chill’s annual funding comes from the general public.
What if they ask for a donation receipt? Please take their name, email address and donation amount and email the information to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll then issue an electronic receipt.
What is the age range Chill serves? 10-18 year olds.
What if they want to volunteer? Please direct them to Chill.org.
What if they want to talk to a Chill representative? Please direct them to Chill.org.
What if they want to donate used equipment? Chill doesn’t accept used equipment for a variety of logistical reasons. Please tell the customer to consider donating their Burton gear to Burton’s Pass Along Program or suggest that they donate to a local youth-focused community organization.
What if they want their organization to get involved with Chill? Please direct them to Chill.org.