25 years after Donna Carpenter and her late husband Jake Burton Carpenter, owners of Burton Snowboards, founded the non-profit organization in the U.S. and after 13 years of running small, non-formalized programs in European countries, the Chill Foundation has announced the official launch of its youth-development programs in Europe. With a dedicated European chapter, Chill is looking forward to increasing its support of European youth and enhancing existing programs throughout the continent. The European programs will be modeled after Chill’s successful North American approach which embodies the latest Positive Youth Development best practices to ensure participating youth build resiliency through targeted lessons and challenging physical activities. Chill’s mission is to inspire young people to overcome challenges through boardsports. The organization has served more than 25,000 young people in the past.
The official headquarters of Chill Europe will be based in Zurich, Switzerland. While navigating the restrictions and constraints presented by Covid-19, Chill Europe will run pilot programs in Germany, Sweden, and Switzerland over the next twelve months. Existing programs in Austria, Czech Republic, and Italy will be reviewed and relaunched as well.
Chill Europe’s goal is to run at least one boardsport (snow, skate, surf, sup) program in every European city where the organization has achieved non-profit incorporation by the end of 2021. The incorporation of additional Chill Europe locations is also under consideration. Chill programs should eventually be ubiquitous across Europe, providing positive youth development programs to youth facing challenges across the continent.