Through no fault or effort of their own, a child born into a low income family is more likely not to graduate from high school, get stuck in a dead end job, or have low self esteem. Whereas a child with wealthy parents, regardless of IQ, talent, or effort, is much more likely to graduate from college, pursue a fulfilling career, and feel confident enough to pursue their dreams.
This is what’s called the “opportunity gap.”
STOKED exists to level the playing field by creating a sense of community for struggling students to feel success and joy beyond the classroom.
STOKED’s mission is to inspire teens who are the most vulnerable, to believe in themselves through action sports. They believe that riding a wave, building a skateboard, and gliding down snowy mountains can show teens that they are capable of greatness, despite the odds against them. From standing on a mountain top to catching a wave, they place kids in environments that not only changes their perspective, it changes their lives.
Here is a quote from Steve to light a fire under your Monday morning:
"That itching feeling when you know that you should be doing something more with your life - You should be doing it. You're doing yourself, and the universe, and your community, and your family a disservice if you play small."
Let's work together to close the opportunity gap.
Wishing you a world of opportunity.
Here's to you! Here's to not playing small.
Have a fantastic week,