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STOKED on Spring

STOKED on Spring

Words by: Katie Ferraro
Photos by: Dara Denysyk

What happens when you bring together passionate people, celebration, and shopping? Happiness ensues!

On April 21, STOKED teamed up with Bloomingdale’s Santa Monica for “STOKED on Spring,” a shopping event hosted by actress, model, fashion designer, and STOKED supporter Joy Bryant. STOKED staff, mentors, board members and donors gathered to celebrate and shop for a cause!

During the event, the STOKED community was treated to appetizers, beverages, and music by DJ Luke Da Duke. Together, we raised over $2000 for STOKED’s Los Angeles Programs!

Thank you to Bloomingdale’s, Joy Bryant, and everyone who attended STOKED on Spring! Your contributions and support are making a huge impact on the lives of some truly amazing kids.

This year, STOKED is celebrating 10 years in Los Angeles! Our program has thrived thanks to dedicated, compassionate, and positive mentors who volunteer their time to spend with our students. Ready to make an impact? Register to volunteer with us here.

Check out the photos from the event:

STOKED on Spring SignageBar STOKED SupportersDisco Balls Joy Bryant Overview Step and Repeat Constance and gang

Find out how you can support a student through one of our STOKED programs by becoming a STOKED Ignitor here.

Stoked LA “Surfing Safari” Summer Recap

This summer Stoked embarked on a surfing safari! Stoked LA surfed the southern California coast from Malibu down to San Clemente.  Over 50 Stokers learned to surf and most paddled into waves on their own!

Stokers got a taste of the pro-circuit too. They attended the US Open of Surf and the X-Games. See pictures from those events and other surf mentor days on flickr.

In addition to surfing, stokers did community service. Last weekend they participated in the California Coastal Cleanup day at Venice Beach, the Sunshine State’s largest volunteer event of the year.

Lastly, Stoked was honored to participate in The People’s Fleet, a three months-long fundraiser for a select number of non-profits in Los Angeles. Stoked was awarded $5,000 on September 22 for its participation in the program.

This program would not have been possible without the help of participating local surf schools.

We also had support from Chipotle, Vitamin Water, Vita Coco and The Bagel Shack in San Clemente.

Thanks to all our sponsors for making Stoked a reality!

Mentoring Activities LA: March 19th & 20th

Mentor Activity: Cherry Blossom Festival at Descanso Gardens- Saturday, March 19th 2011 at 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Ready for Spring? The flowering of cherry trees is celebrated around the world as a herald of spring. Witness a traditional Japanese tea ceremony or watch a demonstration of Japanese cooking. Take a guided walk of the flowering cherry trees in the Descanso landscape, purchase a cherry tree to take home and get expert advice on cherry tree care.

On Saturday, March 19th from 9AM-5PM located at Descanso Gardens, come participate in all the activities and enjoy the festival!

All activities are free with admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students, $3 children 5-12; 4 and younger enter free.

Visit here for more information about the festival and all the activities.

Mentor Activity: I Love Vinyl- Sunday, March 20th 2011 at 12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Music fans: come out for an afternoon of record spinning and music appreciation! All different styles of music will be represented. A very special event for those who appreciate and love playing, hearing and collecting vinyl. Free BBQ food and drinks!

On Sunday, March 20th from 12PM to 6PM located at Dr. Freecloud’s Record Shoppe, come listen, dance and appreciate some great music!

Admission: Free

Visit here for more information about this event.

Mentor Activities LA: March 12th & 13th

Mentor Activity: Idyllwild Arts Day- March 12th, 2:00pm-7:00pm

Have you heard about Idyllwild’s Art Academy? Experience a day of their student performances in the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Idyllwild Arts Academy.

Located at REDCAT Theater, Walt Disney Concert Hall on March 12th from 2pm-7pm come and enjoy a documentary screening, creative writing, dance, music theatre performances and more!

Admission: Free

Visit Idyllwild’s website for more information

Mentor Activity: Capture A Moment in Nature- March 12th at 2:00pm

Want to learn the tricks of the trade from a professional nature photographer? Make your own photographic history at King Gillette Ranch, one of the most stunning locales in the Santa Monica Mountains.

Go on a tour of rolling lawns, formal courtyards, and a tranquil pond with bridges and swans!
On March 12th at 2pm, located at King Gillette Ranch enjoy sweeping mountain views which set the stage for an amazing experience!

Admission: Free

Visit here for more information!