We all dream in different shapes, sizes and colors. Through my work at STOKED I have gotten to know hundreds of amazing and bright inner city teenagers whose dreams are just beginning to take shape. At STOKED we preach only a few hard and fast ideas, but the biggest one is about setting and achieving goals. Goals are simply our dreams in a different format; when you set your sights high and set goals that are beyond your current grasp, you are forced to grow, to collaborate, to improvise and to use the strength of your community in order to achieve them.
On my last day at STOKED, I presented my Live A Big Life Ride to the group of students that gathered to see me off. I told them that I wasn’t leaving STOKED because I was bored or done with the work, but because it had inspired me to go bigger with my life. I had, essentially, decided to follow the lessons that I had been preaching to them for the last 3+ years. But before I left I asked each of those students to think about their goals and aspirations, and they all wrote down a way that they promised to live their own big life which will serve as a motivator for us as we look to tackle this fundraising goal.
STOKED is a 4 year program for high school students, and when these youth graduate our program as well as high school, they deserve to go on their own Big Life adventure before moving on to college or their career.
Just about everybody that is successful has done something, gone somewhere or met someone that opened their eyes and showed them their potential to do something big with their life. For many youth growing up in New York City and Los Angeles, cities where STOKED operates, the opportunity to do something like that is not a reality. So, through this Live A Big Life Campaign, high school graduates of STOKED will be able to apply for a Live A Big Life Grant which will close that opportunity gap for them and allow them to live their own big life by doing something or going somewhere during the summer after high school graduation.
We aim to raise over $50,000 to create 100 grants.
Every dollar counts towards creating opportunity for these well deserving high school graduates. Make your contribution today.