Chill is a positive youth development program where boardsports become a vehicle for empowerment. 

Revolving around a core value-driven curriculum, Chill programs consist of experiential learning activities, reflection, and discussion, paired with board sport lessons. Chill’s six core values provide youth with a foundation and framework for learning and growth, supported and enhanced through on-board progression and adult mentorship. Chill removes all barriers to accessing boardsports by providing youth with everything they need to get after it, at absolutely no cost. New skills gained through boardsport progression and core-value exploration are then directly applied to everyday life, challenging youth to step out of their comfort zone – both on and off their board.



Experiential Learning Cycle

Everything we do at Chill revolves around providing experiences that 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 people, taking part in the core value activity for the day, learning how to snowboard, skateboard, surf, or stand-up paddleboard! 

1. Experience. An intentional experience that leads to growth: Taking part in the core value activity for the day or participating in the boardsport lesson.

2. Reflection. An opportunity to process the experience and debrief what happened. Reflection allows us to identify key learning concepts within the experience.

3. Transfer. The connection of these new concepts to our everyday lives. How do lessons learned on the mountain, in the water, at the skatepark relate to day-to-day experiences?

4. New Knowledge. The application of this new knowledge towards another experience, either at Chill or in our everyday lives. This is how we continue to grow and learn from our experiences, ultimately gaining a broadened perspective on life.


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.

1. Respect: Recognizing and understanding differences in ability, background, and personhood.

2. Courage: Using and developing values that influence our decisions when faced with fear or a decision that tests our integrity.

3. Patience: Having the capacity to regulate reactions and emotions when results or gratitude is delayed.

4. Persistence: Visualizing the end goal and projecting the positive outcomes of enduring through adversity.

5. Responsibility: Having the ability to make choices and accept the reward or consequences of those choices.

6. Pride: Maintaining a positive and grounded sense of self through recognizing personal achievements, showing pride for our community and contributing to it’s the success.


challenge by choice

Challenge by choice defines our culture. It’s all about creating a community that is emotionally safe for all participants. Taken literally, participants are presented with challenges and are given the choice to accept at the level they feel comfortable. It’s not a yes or no, it’s a how and a what. How do you choose to accept this challenge? What do you feel comfortable with?

Every single day at Chill, we challenge youth to step outside their comfort zone and into their growth zone. From one program day to the next, as youth engage in new experiences and overcome challenges and fears, their comfort zone expands. Pretty soon, what was their growth zone is now a part of their comfort zone. And their growth zone is now new territory, which a few weeks ago may have been in their danger zone. It’s all about incremental growth, knowing personal limits, and having the support to make that choice. 

Challenge by choice is introduced on day one and revisited every day of program to ensure that youth understand the power of this choice – at Chill and in their daily lives. Through personal goal setting, positive encouragement, and the elimination of imposed completion standards, challenge by choice becomes a cultural norm and a guiding principle for individual growth and achievement.

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Program philosophy

Ride. Inspire. Lead.

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. 


Program Design

Through our experiential learning approach, Chill programs are designed to:

  • Create a safe and inclusive space

  • Provide high quality, structured, interactive programming

  • Adapt to and understand the different and unique backgrounds of each youth

  • Facilitate positive peer and adult relationships/mentoring

  • Support critical thinking and active self-directed learning

  • Introduce youth to new and exciting contexts and environments

  • Remove barriers to accessing boardsports and support continued progression

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Positive Youth Development Outcomes

Through participation in Chill, we strive for youth to gain more resilience, confidence, and a better understanding of their true self.

· Step out of their comfort zone and into their growth zone

· Build and practice leadership skills

· Develop an anything-is-possible attitude

· Understand and practice healthy risk taking

· Accomplish a sense of belonging within the Chill community.

· Build and utilize a set of positive core values

· Expand their sense of self and awareness

· Build positive peer and adult relationships

· Gain a broadened perspective of their surroundings and their options for the future

· Expand and improve participation in other agency/community programming

· Have fun and get after it on a board!



The start of any program is also the start of building a community together. Our Full Value Contract defines what we need as a group and as individuals to be successful at Chill: Be here, be safe, be open, be positive, be respectful, and set goals.

 We ask youth to come to Chill ready to…

 ·         Step out of their comfort zone

·         Have an open mind and positive attitude

·         Set goals and take healthy risks

·         Be physically and mentally present

·         Meet new people

·         Make safe choices – physically and emotionally

·         Give respect and support to others

·         Connect with and care for the natural environment

·         Show up every day, even when it’s hard

·         Appreciate the opportunity that Chill provides…Get stoked!


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