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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!

Mentor Pair Activity: September 18

The Brooklyn Book Festival is this Sunday, September 18, from 10am-6pm at Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn.

Authors will give talks throughout the day at this huge book festival set in the heart of Brooklyn. At 3pm Making Difficult Choices will take place at the Youth Stoop, the festival’s area for youth programming. Bestselling and award-winning authors Cory DoctorowJacqueline Woodson, and Gayle Forman will discuss characters put in extraordinary circumstances and why its important to read these stories.

At 4pm In Over Your Head will take place, also at the Youth Stoop. Prize-winning and bestselling authors Rita Williams GarciaSharon FlakeNicholasa Mohr and Meg Wolitzer will discuss what it feels like for a young person to be in over his/her head and not always able to count on the adults in their lives or live up to expectations.

For more information about the event click here.

Stoked seeks Instructor for Skateboard Building



Stoked Mentoring is seeking a part-time After School Instructor to lead an innovative skateboard building program in New York City public schools.


Stoked’s mission is to empower youth from under-served communities to achieve a more successful future by providing programs based in action sports culture that result in personal development, academic achievement, positive relationships, and a healthy lifestyle.

Project Description

The Stoked Plus skateboard build program in an innovative after school program that reinforces life skills while also providing school credits in the context of a twice-weekly skateboard building workshop. Coordinators will be implementing this program in a New York City high school.

This job will include:

  • Teaching youth the process of constructing a skateboard deck from scratch, from the woodworking through art application
  • Being a strong presence in the school community and reinforcing academic values, while incorporating students into the Stoked community and
  • lifestyle
  • Motivating, inspiring and leading students to push their personal expectations and limits in a culture of high achievement
  • Meeting with school staff to determine their needs
  • Conducting student recruitment and retention
  • Attending program training sessions to learn the skateboard build process
  • Customizing curriculum to incorporate the school’s culture
  • Delivering instruction to students and assisting with their final projects
  • Maintaining communication with the school and Stoked to report outcomes, make changes in program design, promote out of school Stoked programming and assist with assessment and program evaluation


  • Experience working with high school-aged youth
  • Able to troubleshoot and problem solve
  • Able to work with a diverse group of students and maintain classroom control
  • Experienced skater and/or familiarity with skateboarding history and culture; primarily within New York City is preferred
  • Understanding of the working and manufacturing aspects of skateboards is also preferred



Two – four days a week during after-school hours; typically 3pm to 5pm or 3:30pm to 5:30pm

To Apply

Please send your resume, cover letter and references to work@stoked.org. In your cover letter please explain your interest in action sports and specifically how you think they facilitate youth development.

This position is listed on idealist.org as well.


Stoked seeks a Volunteer Coordinator


Stoked Mentoring seeks a Volunteer Coordinator

The Volunteer Coordinator is responsible for managing and overseeing all of the organizational interactions of Stoked’s volunteer base. This person will be responsible for the creation and maintenance of a regularly distributed volunteer newsletter as well as regular reporting. This person shall report directly to the Senior Program Manager.

Additional duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Recruiting and retaining potential and current volunteers
  • Conducting regular orientation sessions for new volunteers
  • Planning outreach and recognition events/mechanisms
  • Coordinating volunteer duties for Stoked program days and events
  • Liaising between volunteers and Stoked staff
  • Working in tandem with the Program Coordinator to facilitate Stoked snow, surf, skate and community service programming

Qualified candidates will have the following:

  • Proficiency in snowboarding, surfing or skateboarding; knowledge of action sports culture preferred
  • A bachelor’s degree
  • 1 – 2 year(s) experience conducting programs for youth ages 13-18; after-school, mentoring, outdoor programs and activities preferred
  • Understanding of issues surrounding urban education
  • Prior experience managing and/or organizing adult volunteers
  • Ability to think critically and strategically, and be resourceful and entrepreneurial with limited resources
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Solid computer skills (Word & Excel), Photoshop and other graphics software a plus
  • Must be willing to work a flexible schedule including nights and weekends as needed


Compensation dependent on experience.

To apply, please write a cover letter explaining your interest in working for Stoked and specifically your interest in how action sports facilitate youth development. Also send your resume and salary requirements to work@stoked.org.

This posting is listed on idealist.org.