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Chill was founded in 1995 by Jake and Donna Carpenter, founders of Burton Snowboards.
Chill has served more than 30,000 young people since the program began, working with more than 2,000 youth annually. We partner with social service agencies, mental health agencies, foster care programs, juvenile justice programs, and schools in local communities to engage youth participants. All gear and services necessary to enjoy boardsports are provided to the youth at no cost.
Our programs recognize the inherent strength and potential present in each of our participants. Through boardsports, we teach new skills, build confidence, and inspire a lifelong love for boardsports.
What We Stand For
Chill inspires young people through boardsports and builds a more equitable outdoor community.
Chill envisions a world where any young person can belong and thrive in the boardsports community and beyond.
Our values focus our strategy and align our community. We will be honest. We will be equitable. We will progress. We will have as much fun as possible.
We seek to be honest with ourselves, our partners, our participants and our communities, unafraid to name what is inspirational and what is challenging.
“More where more is needed.” For Chill, this means more access, training, equipment, representation, invitation and inclusion in boardsports for whom more is needed.
Like the sports we love, we will prioritize progression, never settling or taking the easy way. We will be brave and agile on and off our boards.
In honor of our founders, we will always have as much fun as possible.
Learn more about our approach to positive youth development boardsports programs.
Changing lives since 1995
Since inception in 1995, Chill is proud to offer programs in 20 cities in 9 countries throughout the world. Participants range in age from 11-19 years old.
Positive Youth Development
The Chill program embodies the latest Positive Youth Development (PYD) best practices to ensure participating youth build resiliency through targeted lessons and challenging physical activities.
“One of my favorite things about Chill was seeing everyone learn at their own pace, and celebrating when they accomplished what they wanted.”
Miranda, Chill youth
Program Core Values
These are the pillars of our program, philosophy, and approach. While each of these values can look and feel slightly different to every person based on their own unique experiences, culture, and background, the following universal competencies reflect how we recognize and celebrate these values at Chill.
Recognizing and understanding differences in ability, background, identity, culture and access.
Using and developing values that influence our decisions when faced with fear or a decision that tests our integrity.
Having the capacity to regulate reactions and emotions when results or gratitude is delayed.
Visualizing the end goal and projecting the positive outcomes of enduring through adversity.
Having the ability to make choices and accept the reward or consequences of those choices.
Maintaining a positive and grounded sense of self through recognizing personal achievements, showing pride for our community and contributing to it’s the success.
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
We need radical change to happen today, so that future generations of tomorrow can live in a world that values active anti-racism where everyone is treated equitably and with respect.
Chill commits to represent and work toward equity and inclusion for the youth and communities we serve. This focus on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), is a pillar of our mission, and something we take very seriously.
Learn more about our DEI commitment and work at the link below.