Stoked Sessions

By: | Friday, August 1, 2008 //



Mission:

Stoked Mentoring is a non-profit action sports mentoring organization with the mission of developing “Successful Teens with Opportunity, Knowledge, Experience and Determination” through action sports, mentoring, and coaching. By bringing together “at-risk” youth and successful professional adults to learn a new non-traditional sport (snowboarding, skateboarding, and surfing), Stoked’s programs serve as the groundwork and means for enhancing mentoring relationships and introduces coaching skills and tools that elicit the best from both parties.

Responsible for developing the curriculum for each mentoring program/season, Stoked recruits and trains program mentors, hand-matches mentor and mentee, manages the mentoring relationship for optimal results and oversee the following post-season relationship. The current programs are targeted towards teens 13 – 18 years old.

Snow Mentor (8 weeks), a mix of snowboarding and success-oriented mentoring sessions, aims to introduce the mentoring pair to the sport of snowboarding, while also developing life skills that can be used off the slopes.

Skate Mentor (5 weeks) seeks, through learning the sport of skateboarding, to create a strong connection between youth and their mentors, build communication skills, develop positive social habits, learn networking tactics and the value of community.

Surf Mentor (6 Weeks) encourages mentoring pairs to create and build strong values for a successful life through learning the sport of surfing. In addition to promoting respect and awareness, the program gives participants access to tools to overcome fear, and build trust.

Stoked Mentoring, Inc., which has programs in New York City and Los Angeles, has developed partnerships with a vast array of schools, action sports companies and Fortune 500 corporations. These partnerships include New York City Public Schools and Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA); Major corporate support from ESPN, Hewlett Packard, Zoo York, Blades and Quiksilver. Fully funded by corporate support and private donations, Stoked Mentoring, Inc. is a privately run non-profit organization with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.

Stoked Statistics

• 99% of Stoked kids come from single parent households

• 80% of kids have experienced an increase in grades after participating in a Stoked program

• Average mentoring hours nationally: 4 hours/month; Stoked Mentoring hours: 8.2 hours/month. Stoked’s average hours are 8.2 due to the strong bond our mentoring pairs form during the snow, skate, and surf sessions. Once these programs end, the pairs continue their time spent together.

• Stoked number of mentoring hours increased by 125% from 2006-2007.

• Stoked’ increased the number of teens served from 45 in 2006 to 80 in 2007.

For more information, please contact Steve Larosiliere, Executive Director at (917) 262-3217 or (310)-254-5429 steve@stokedmentoring.org or visit the Stoked Mentoring website at www.stokedmentoring.org.

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