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!
Today’s Stoked on Spring Spotlight features the collaborative skate deck by Tim Young and Stoker Brittany. This deck, as well as 14 others that were also made by professional artist and youth pairs, will be available for bidding at the event’s silent auction along with several fine art pieces on May 16th at the Scholastic Greenhouse. All proceeds from the event will directly support our after-school program, Stoked Plus: Skateboard Build, in which students make a skateboard deck from scratch, completely by hand.
Tim Young is a renowned iPhoneographer recognized for his signature black-and-white shots celebrating the often overlooked details of day-to-day life in New York City, and in particular, Brooklyn, his home base. Recently, two of his images of the Brooklyn Bridge were among the 200 (out of 10,000 submissions) selected for exhibit in the first-ever International iPhoneography Show at the Soho Gallery of Digital Art. The exhibit was sponsored by MacPhun LLC and FX Photo Studio. An artist, illustrator and graphic designer with 20+ years of experience, Tim has lent his expertise to such national and international clients as Disney Resorts, Inter-Continental Hotels, Lowes Home Improvement, Michelin Tire and Combi Juvenile Products.
Brittany attends the Institute for Collaborative Education, where she participated in the Stoked Plus: Skateboard Build program. She also learned to snowboard this winter through the Snow Mentor program. She said that making this board with Tim makes her feel extremely proud because she would “love to see Stoked after-school programs in many more schools because teenagers in high school should have the experience that I had. Being a part of Stoked made me feel a part of a big community where everyone can count on one another.”
For this collaborative deck, Brittany and Tim looked through a variety of photographs to decide on the imagery for the board. They also utilized song lyrics to come up with a word or phrase to use with the imagery. Brittany conceptualized having colorful paint dripping down the board as part of the design, and Tim showed Brittany his iPhonography for more design ideas to come up with bird imagery. After bouncing ideas off each other, Tim sketched out the design on the board and they both painted the colorful drips of paint and white birds on the deck together.
Buy tickets to Stoked on Spring to bid on this deck. If you’re not able to attend, please consider making a donation to Stoked to support its youth development programs. Don’t forget to check in on Monday for the next Stoked on Spring Spotlight!
Stoked on Spring, Stoked’s annual fundraiser on Wednesday, May 16th at the Scholastic Greenhouse, is less than one week away! Today’s Stoked on Spring Spotlight features the collaborative skate deck by Billi Kid and Stoker Taimir. This deck, as well as 14 others that were also made by professional artist and youth pairs, will be available for bidding at the event’s silent auction along with several fine art pieces. All proceeds from the event will directly support our after-school program, Stoked Plus: Skateboard Build, in which students make a skateboard deck from scratch, completely by hand.
The “notoriously harmonious” Billi Kid is a street artist determined to refine his voice while leaving an indelible mark on the over saturated urban and cyber landscapes. A life-long doodler, art enthusiast and design junkie, his work blur the lines between graffiti, pop culture, iconography and art. Never too busy to look, feel and listen, his collaborative works with artists from around the world have been celebrated in both the media and street art community alike. His passion for the streets has led him to curate ground-breaking exhibitions that have helped bridge the gap between the urban landscape and the sterile indoor environment. Take a close look at it, smile at it, tear it or cover it with something new. From his hand to the streets at large.
Taimir is a freshman at City Polytechnic High School in downtown Brooklyn. Once he completed his own skateboard deck in the after-school program, his enthusiasm for all things Stoked took off when he learned to snowboard in Snow Mentor season. He squeezed onto every trip he possibly could, became an impressive snowboarder, and is currently improving his skateboarding skills in Skate Mentor this spring. He reflected on his time working with Billi Kid, saying that he learned a new technique and a new way of thinking of a piece of art work, and added it to his list of experiences he’s had through Stoked that he can brag to his family and friends about. He said he recommends the program to everyone he knows, “not just because of the trips, but because you learned new skills and you can have a talent that you did not know you had until now. You meet new people that can teach you things. My experience with Billi was awesome, if I could do it again I would.”
Buy tickets to Stoked on Spring and bid on this rad sticker collage deck. If you’re not able to attend, please consider making a donation to Stoked to support its youth development programs. Don’t forget to check in tomorrow for the next Stoked on Spring Spotlight!