Chill inspires youth to overcome challenges through boardsports.
Chill NYC was established in 1998, three years after Chill’s inception in Burlington, Vermont. Since our first season, Chill NYC has served more than 1,000 youth across New York City. In 2013, Chill NYC launched its inaugural Summer Surf Program.
Through snowboarding, skateboarding, stand-up paddleboarding, and surfing, we teach important life lessons like Respect, Patience, Persistence, Courage, Responsibility, and Pride.
We work with social service agencies, mental health agencies, foster care programs, juvenile justice programs, and schools in local communities to select youth participants between 10 and 18 years old. Everything is provided to the youth at no cost.
We focus on the resiliency of our participants to help them reach their full potential and see that there is a path out of their current circumstances. Their current situation doesn't have to define them or determine their path in life; Chill helps them to realize alternatives beyond the struggles they are dealing with.