The Hoods to Woods Foundation is a organization that promotes awareness of the outdoors to inner city children ages 11 – 17 through year-round activities such as snowboarding, indoor rock climbing, camping, hiking and more! Using environmental awareness, writing and the use of new media tools that allow youth to document their outdoor experience, the program is designed to build confidence and facilitate individual discovery.

Snowboarding in Brooklyn!

Posted on: February 1st, 2015 by admin No Comments

Hoods to Woods graduate and now volunteer Miquan Chislom takes advantage of recent snow storm Juno in Fort Greene park Brooklyn to Snowboard. Miquan and his brothers Yquan and Melquan have been with Hoods to Woods for five years. They were part of the first group of 7 teens that we took out to Mountain Creek, New Jersey. It’s amazing to see their progression and stewardship with the sport teaching other teens in their community. This is the mission with Hoods to Woods. We believe in making sure after they leave the program the connection to the outdoors remain part of their lives and the stewardship continues on to the next generation.

Thank you from Hoods to Woods founder Brian Paupaw

Posted on: January 21st, 2015 by admin No Comments

Greetings, Everyone! I want to say thank you for all your support to Hoods to Woods Foundation over the years. Either you have made a monetary donation, equipment donation or volunteered with us, your contributions has allowed us to provide our programming to inner-city teens in Brooklyn year after year.

I, myself, was once a teenager in Brooklyn. I grew up in a single parent household in housing projects in Bedford-Stuyvesant and Brownsville. During that time, I never had a connection to the outdoors or had an opportunity to snowboard, or even knew it existed. I never had many role models in my community either, except for the few public school teachers that helped me excel in one of my hobbies which happened to be the visual arts. That time spent, led me to follow my passion and I received a partial state scholarship to attend the New School University in New York City. During college, I discovered the outdoors through classmates who invited me to try out snowboarding. Not knowing what to expect, I made the voyage to Vermont at age 26. And believe it or not, it was my first time visiting the state and staying at a ski resort.

There were few events that happened to me in Vermont. First, I connected with the natural beauty of the mountains. And secondly, I had every stereotype I could think of questioning such as why someone like myself, a minority, could actually enjoy the outdoors and fall in love with snowboarding. Even to this day, when I take a chairlift to the top of the mountain, I get flashbacks being a child looking out the window from Brownsville’s Howard Housing Projects and seeing nothing but buildings against the skyline and wondering what was on the other side of those buildings. Fast forward to 16 years, Hoods to Woods gets to take those same children to the outdoors and expose them to something new.

The success stories of Hoods to Woods are real. We now have teens who have been with the program for five years and volunteer teaching other teens in their communities how to snowboard. This is the core of Hoods to Woods. We want to make sure the communities we introduce to our programs continue to come back to the outdoors. This is the first step on the way to changing lives. We have a long way to go, but Hoods to Woods is dedicated to its mission. Being able to serve as a mentor to those in need, is a great feeling! Please help us continue our programming for 2015. Your donations go a long way!

Thank you!
Brian Paupaw
Founder & Executive Director

Hoods to Woods season kick off fundraiser with OvR Ride Thursday, November 19th

Posted on: November 15th, 2014 by admin No Comments

Join us Thursday for a fundraiser to help us bring our FREE Snowboarding program to teens in Brooklyn as we partner with OvR Ride. There will be $5 raffls for cool give aways from YES Snowboards. See you Thursday, November 19th at Hotel Chantell NYC. Please join our mailing list by going to the “join our mailing list” button on the left side of this page more details and surprises!

Hoods to Woods Fundraiser for the 2015 Snowboard program

Posted on: October 29th, 2014 by admin No Comments

In a few weeks we are kicking off the beginning of the season with one of many party fundraisers to help us bring our FREE Snowboarding program to teens in Brooklyn as we partner with Function Higher Thursdays. There will be a $5 raffle for cool give aways from Nike Skateboarding, Flux Bindings, Arc’teryx, Lakai Limited Footwear and more! See you Thursday, November 13th 9p-12a at Putnam’s Pub at 419 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. Please join our mailing list by going to the “join our mailing list” button on the left side of this page more details and surprises!

Hunter Mountain annual Hell Track downhill Slalom & Fundraiser

Posted on: March 11th, 2014 by admin No Comments

We are looking for Volunteers to help us grill burgers during the contest to raise funds for our outdoor programs at Hunter Mountain, March 22nd. 9am to 4pm. We had a blast last year watching Snowboarders ride one of the craziest slalom course events on the Northeast! We also raised money to help support our programs. The event is open to the public and riders that want to participate should arrive early to sign up. If you’re interested in volunteering please email

Hoods to Woods Foundation and OvRride 2013-14 Season kick off party and benefit in NYC.

Posted on: November 14th, 2013 by admin No Comments

It’s finally here on the Northeast… YES it’s winter! and YES we are going to celebrate this much awaited seasonal shift where we all start booking Snowboarding trips and head to the hill! OVRide is one of NYC’s premiere travel companies and a HUGE supporter of our efforts to introduce inner city teens to the outdoors through Snowboarding, indoor rock climbing, Hiking, and New media studies. During the night we’ll screen the new “YES Missions” movie and will raffle off a brand new YES board to a lucky winner! AND there will be product give aways all night! This event is FREE to the public. See you there!

Hoods to Woods Silent Art Auction at House of Art Bed-Stuy. Featuring the work of Dean Blotto Grey

Posted on: September 5th, 2013 by admin No Comments

Come Join us for a evening of art, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a great social cause! 100% of the proceeds help fund our 2014 Snowboard program. Your donation of $50 provides FREE programming to families in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Fort Greene, Bushwhick, East New York and Brownsville. this is our fifth year bringing Snowboarding to teens in Brooklyn who haven’t had the opportunity to be exposed to the great outdoors. Your donations last year helped us start a new Chapter in Brownsville to better serve the immediate need for the outer lying regions of East Brooklyn. Click here for advance tickets. Your purchase automatically puts you in our raffle give a away!

How to use less paper towels every day in a few simple steps!

Posted on: June 15th, 2013 by admin No Comments

One of our goals with Hoods to Woods is to build awareness of the great outdoors inner city youth combined with environmental responsibility. Here is a great example of how we can begin to make a impact on the environment. Not the answer, but we can all pitch in by doing something so basic that we over look every day! Please watch and repost to friends and family.

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Hoods to Woods X Fight The City Fundraiser May 9th!

Posted on: May 6th, 2013 by admin No Comments

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We are really excited about partnering with Fight The City for a special event auctioning off limited edition hand painted boxing gloves by world renown artists from Justin Carty to Borbay. Part of the nights proceeds will benefit all of Hoods to Woods Foundation outdoor and new media programs. The Auction will take place at The Time Hotel at 224 W 49th St, New York 7p-10p

Hoods to Woods X Good Wood NYC Limited edition bracelet

Posted on: November 24th, 2012 by admin No Comments

Good news! The Hoods to Woods Foundation and Good Wood NYC has come together to produce a limited edition bracelet that will help fund our outdoor programs. We are huge fans of Good Wood NYC and they are fans of what we do as well! We thought it would be cool to make a bracelet to raise money for our outdoor programs. You can purchase the bracelet here at Bird’s Eye Board shop. There are only 100 bracelets available so don’t miss out!