How do I become a mentor?
You must be 25 years of age or older. You must fill out an online application, come in to interview with a Stoked staff member, pass a background check and our mentor evaluation.
Where do you go surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding?
In New York: We surf usually at Far Rockaway in Queens. Sometimes we go to Long Beach. We go skateboarding at various skate parks in Manhattan. We go snowboarding at Belleyare Mountain. In Los Angeles, we skate at various skate parks near downtown LA, surf in Santa Monica, and snowboard at Snow Summit.Is there a certain skill level needed for these sports?There are no skills necessary. Most participants are beginners. But if you’re advanced at a sport, we just ask that you are patience with your youth and the rest of the group.
Do I have to fundraise?
No. However, we ask that mentors fundraise their portion of the program so that we can ensure that the youth don’t have to pay anything. Many mentors have held happy hours, raised money from their personal network, and even applied for funding from their employers. We also think that as a mentor in Stoked and a fundraiser, you have even more of a vested interest in the success of your youth and Stoked. Mentors have traditionally raised almost 10% of our budget. Should you choose to fundraise, we will go over this in your training.
Does Stoked pay for the entire year?
Yes. Every program is funded by donations, grants, fundraisers, and corporations.
Do I need insurance?
Yes, you need to have your own medical insurance to participate in Stoked.
How old do you have to become a mentor?
You must be at least 25 years of age.
How do the mentoring pairs get matched?
After proper training, they are paired during our “Matching Day”. We match according to age difference, personality, gender, geography, and interests.
Where do the mentors come from?
The mentors come from all over New York and Los Angeles. Many are working professionals in advertising, law, media, entertainment, finance, technology, and retail.
Do I need to bring my own equipment?
No. All equipment is provided free of charge.
Is food and transportation provided?
What are the requirements of mentoring?
You must be 25 years of age, spend 4 hours a month for one year with your mentee, attend all trainings and any 4 sport sessions per season with your mentee, and attend bi-monthly mentor meetings.