Now, Seth is the one mentoring SOS 5th graders. While he teaches SOS core values like discipline, wisdom and compassion, the younger students are also teaching him.
“Even if it’s not socially hip or cool, they’ve taught me that if it’s something I enjoy, who cares what others think,” says Seth. “That was a big revelation for me. I used to be very self-conscious all the time. But now I feel if these 5th graders don’t care, why should I?”
Seth enrolled in SOS with the simple goal of learning how to snowboard. Nearly 10 years later, he leaves with the confidence to go out in the world and follow his dreams.
After high school, Seth plans to attend Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat Springs and pursue a degree in forestry. His experiences in nature with SOS—whether rafting through Dinosaur National Monument or rock climbing in White River National Forest—helped spark his interest in a career that gets him outside. He has his sights set on working for the National Park Service.
Seth has overcome incredible obstacles, but he’s not an exception in the SOS program. He’s one of thousands of young adults who have found their voice. He is part of a network of movement makers, who showcase the power of what’s possible when given a platform to shine.
“I’m so proud about Seth’s confidence and capacity to be him,” says Ehrlich. “It’s not something a lot of people are comfortable talking about publicly, regardless of age. To really share that. He’s figured his way and figured who he is and what that looks like. He inspires me every single day.”
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