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Coach Profile: Shane in NY

Coach Profile: Shane in NY

NY Coach Profile

We asked our coaches in New York a few questions about how they got into action sports, mentoring and STOKED.  This week, meet Coach Shane whose greatest inspiration is his Dad, Bruce.

Coach: Shane Medanich

Sports: Skate, Snow & Surf

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What do you love most about action sports and the industry?

I feel action sports breed individuality, independence, and courage. I don’t particularly like the industry due to the fact that most industry people are just culture vultures trying to make a buck, but on the good side I think that mega brands like Nike and Vans do good by the culture through building/fixing parks and sponsoring awesome free events that celebrate and recognize skater made art, music, and film.

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Why did you choose to become a STOKED coach? 

I was running my own after school skate programs for many years in California,and upon moving to NY heard about STOKED and it seemed like a perfect match!

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What are you most excited for/looking forward to this year as a coach?

Watching our participants learn and grow while instilling a sense of community and PMA (positive mental attitude)!

Who is your mentor and what is the best advice he or she has given to you?

My Dad Bruce, he has forever encouraged me to do what makes me happiest, always march to the beat of your own drum, and live out loud.

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Coach Profile: Zach in NY

Coach Profile: Zach in NY

NY Coach Profile

We asked our coaches in New York a few questions about how they got into action sports, mentoring and STOKED.  This week, meet college professor, Coach Zach!

Coach: Zachary Sanford

Coach for Years: 1,2 & 4

Sports: Skateboarding & Snowboarding

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What do you love most about action sports and the industry?

I love the fact that even as action sports become more commercialized, they retain the non-competitive fun-first ethos that defines them in opposition to competitive team sports.

Why did you choose to become a STOKED coach? 

I want to share my love of skateboarding and snowboarding with young people here in NYC. It is a refreshing experience for me as a college professor to add work with a younger group of students to my college courseload.

What are you most excited for/looking forward to this year as a coach?

I can’t wait to watch our Year Two students blow minds with the innovative brands they develop this year!

Who is your mentor and what is the best advice he or she has given to you?

My grandfather Sandy has always instructed me to “follow my bliss” – that which makes me truly happy – and everything else will fall into place. I would say it’s worked because I make a living teaching others about the things I love most!

To learn more about STOKED, go here.

What do Youth from the East + West Coasts Have in Common?

HOLA youth with STOKED youth outside 10 Jay Street.
A lot!
 
We are more alike than we believe and we got to witness that firsthand this past Friday as we hosted a group of teens from the Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) program at our New York office. 
 
HOLA is a non-profit that has been working with under-served youth in Los Angeles for more than 20 years. They provide kids ages 6-19 with programs in academics, arts and athletics. They were also STOKED’s first partner in Los Angeles, so we were super excited to host them.
 
For our visitors, it was their first time in New York and for some it was their first experience traveling outside of Los Angeles!
 
Talks and intros at Stoked New York HQ.
We compared lingo across the coasts–tight vs. dank–and both groups got excited as they saw similarities and joked about some of the differences in speech.
 
HOLA kids taught us an interactive icebreaker game called “All my peeps,”and after a couple of hilarious rounds the camaraderie was solid.
 
We finished off the day with a whispered version of the STOKED circle.
 
Overall the kids were happy they got to meet each other and to know that they aren’t alone in their struggles. Getting the HOLA and STOKED NY kids together was a great opportunity for them to see how similar kids can be regardless of how far they live and where they come from.
 
Thanks to Zaidy and Alexandra, our rockstar Summer Associates, for creating this blog post.
 
P.S. Meet Zaidy tomorrow on the blog…
 

A Breath of Fresh Air

Marito a STOKED Los Angeles youth visits NYC

Sometimes the routine of life can be monotonous. Eat, sleep, work, eat, go home. 

Luckily some of us have the means and opportunity to jet out of town and visit different cities. You come back energized and the change of pace adds more perspective to your life. 

You got a breath of fresh air. 

What about the young person who’s never left their neighborhood, their city, or this country?

The few miles between home, school, and the occasional visit to a relative on the other side of town often defines their world. 

It dawned on me… STOKED is literally expanding the geographical boundaries of students by taking them to different locations in our programs. Then I thought about it a bit more.

The students in STOKED for more than 2 years tend to take opportunities to travel. 

They are often the ones who choose to go away to college and end up joining programs that enable them to visit places such as Ghana, Japan, or Italy! 

So it was no surprise that Marito, a 17 year old Los Angeles Stoker ended up in NYC for a few days.

Fresh off a 10 month youth exchange program in Turkey (he was 16 at the time), Marito needed a place to stay for a few days in New York. I hooked him up with long time STOKED supporters Dan & Allison Bealey who live in Brooklyn.

Quick side note: Dan is our longest active volunteer and was the 2009 Volunteer of the Year.

Marito’s brother Kevin is a Stoked Alumn. When Kevin went off to college, Marito jumped right into the STOKED community as a freshman in high school.

He got a mentor, snowboarded, skated and surfed and even made a magazine with STOKED and Nike one summer. He’s got a bright future ahead of him.

He is set to graduate high school this next year and go to college. 

Check out pictures of him in NYC. A very big thank you to Dan and Allison for opening their home and looking after Marito for 4 days! 

Marito on his 30 mile bike ride day to Coney Island

 

Marito at the Brooklyn Bridge

 

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Marito on the Staten Island Ferry

 

Marito with Dan and Allison Bealey at dinner on his last night in NYC.