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Introducing Septic Society to Vans

Introducing Septic Society to Vans

During STOKED Year 2, students expand on their skills in skateboard building from Year 1 and move into creating their own skateboard brand. This year was the first year that Los Angeles got to participate in Year 2 and our students were given the opportunity of a lifetime. While all student groups get to present their brand, our LA students had the opportunity to present their’s to representatives at Vans Headquarters in Cypress, CA.

Completely student led, the team created Septic Society, a brand that focuses on community and giving back. Their slogan “Skate the Filth Away,” emphasizes the importance of cleaning up the environment, especially in communities where they skate so they are able to enjoy them for years to come. Earlier this year, Septic Society put their dedication to community in action when they organized their own STOKED to Serve day where they patterned with FOLAR (Friends of the LA River) to clean up Marsh Skate Park.

Septic Society definitely brought energy to their presentation and they blew it out of the water! Vans was so impressed, the employees requested photos of the boards and a copy of the presentation to pass onto the right people in the business for a possible collaboration. A big thank you to Vans for allowing our Year 2 to present and for being huge supporters of STOKED!

Check out the photos from their trip to Vans and don’t forget to follow @septicsociety_ on Instagram to see what they’re up to!








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We Love Loaded Boards

We Love Loaded Boards

Words by: Katie Ferraro

The history between STOKED and Loaded Boards runs deep. As a partner for over 10 years, Loaded has been a huge supporter of our programs and we are so grateful to partner with such a rad company! Not only does Loaded graciously donate office space for our Los Angeles staff, but it supports us through collaborations, give back programs, and monetarily.

Most recently, Loaded has given consumers the option to donate 1% of their purchases through www.loadedboards.com. At check out, there is a drop down menu where you can choose STOKED as the charity you would like to receive the donation.

Prior to this give back program, Loaded Boards had partnered with us for the limited edition Carbon Tesseract board. During this collaboration, 20% of the sale of each board was donated to STOKED. The results were incredible as we were presented a check for $7000 during our holiday party in Los Angeles from Brian Dolen and the Loaded Boards crew. Check out the awesome promo video from the collaboration:

If that all wasn’t enough, Loaded Boards allows our LA team to be a part of it’s office family. The team at Loaded is a great group to work with, side by side, and are always friendly and so welcoming.

Thanks Loaded Boards for all you do to support STOKED!

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!