The Soaring Society of America, Inc., was formed in 1932 to foster and promote around the world all phases of soaring. Since then, the SSA membership has grown to more than 12,000. It is run by a 17-member board of directors, and all board meetings are open to the general membership. The SSA acts as the umbrella organization for soaring in the United States by representing the collective interests of its members. The SSA does not conduct flight operations or operate aircraft. The organization provides many services to members including supplying the electronic publication e-News and the monthly printed Soaring magazine. The SSA actively encourages involvement of youth in the sport and provides representation to federal agencies to preserve glider access to airspace. Through its separate operational entity, The Soaring Safety Foundation, the SSA addresses safety education and training of soaring pilots, while leaving actual flight instruction to its clubs, chapters, and business members.