Give Back Tahoe: Squaw Valley Institute connects our community |

Give Back Tahoe: Squaw Valley Institute connects our community

Special to the Sun
Inspiring uncommon conversations at an SVI event.
Courtesy High Sierra Marketing |

Squaw Valley Institute (SVI) was founded in 2002 as a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting our community through inspirational programming celebrating the arts, wellness, education and adventure.

Our goal is to enrich our mountain culture and inspire uncommon conversations to effect innovative and authentic change for a stronger future.

Since 2002, SVI has presented more than 100 unique programs to our community with over 20,000 total attendees.

Highlights have included speakers such as: Sir Ken Robinson, Bethany Hamilton, Cheryl Strayed, Conrad Anker, Laura Decker, Steven Kotler and Three Cups of Tea author Greg Mortenson.

An informative program by The 5 Gyres Institute led to the elimination of the sale of single use plastic bottles at Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. Other fun events have included; movie premiers and our annual locally sourced farm to table dinners.

“Thanks to SVI, the North Lake Tahoe Community is not culturally isolated from the important happenings in the outside world to keep our minds stimulated with LIVE presentations instead of digital channels,” said Judy Laverty, NLTRA.

SVI also has an acclaimed youth program called Voices of Youth for Creative Endeavor (VOY/CE) that brings students and young people together to study the background of our presentations combined with a private meeting with the presenters.

We want everyone to join our events and conversations. SVI memberships are the core of the organization and include admission to most of our events. Sponsorships donations and grants also help further our mission.

Our partnerships and collaborative programs have always been invaluable to SVI. We have partnered with organizations such as the Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships, Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows and Kawyha to name a few.

For more information about SVI and upcoming events, please visit

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