A New STOKED for New Times

Today the sun rose, and upon looking around, you probably thought the world looked relatively similar today than it did yesterday. Well, here at STOKED, today looks vasty different than it did yesterday. Rain or shine, tomorrow is going to look even brighter.

Today we embrace being the new kid, celebrate new partnerships, and call a new city our third home. Today, we launch in Chicago, adding 3 more zip codes to the ever-growing number of neighborhoods, kids and families that are made better by STOKED programs.

New STOKED Chicago Students at Senn High School

New STOKED Chicago Students at Senn High School

Before we graciously accept your kudos, we ask that you open your eyes just a little wider. Today DOES look different than yesterday. Today, we debut a fresh look and reveal our brand new website. Ahhh, yes! Stick with us… we aren't done yet.

While you admire our cool new duds, we want to tell you why tomorrow is going to be even better than today.

Since we launched 12 years ago, STOKED has remained focused on creating opportunities for low-income students living in underserved communities in NY. Then we did it in LA, and now, Chicago. We have changed the lives of over 4,000 students and have over 550 currently enrolled in STOKED programs, coast to coast. Pretty cool, huh?

We’ve transformed visually, physically and mentally, too.  STOKED doesn't just CREATE fearless leaders, We ARE a community of fearless leaders, and we’ve learned that we do way more than empower youth. STOKED celebrates individuals that live big lives, take risks and seize opportunities. We are doers, change makers and leaders in our respective industries. If you are a part of STOKED, you wake up every day charged with ambition to do better, achieve more and make those around you, including the next generation, stronger. That’s just who you are!

We have a renewed direction to serve our entire community, adults as well as students.

The STOKED movement is expanding with the release of STOKED Lifestyle, which includes a podcast of community stories to motivate and inspire our supporters. Now even more people can get STOKED.

Our new look and refreshed outlook paves the way for STOKED to be sustainable through our service, and also get closer to our ambitions of launching a STOKED empire filled with programs, courses, and conferences that grow and strengthen our community -- a community that will inevitably close the opportunity gap for kids.

I challenge you to keep being who you are, but do it more. Keep addressing fear and crushing it with courage. Always seek inspiration, and like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Life’s most urgent question is: what are you doing for others?”

To all of you, especially those who have been here since the beginning, thank you. We can’t wait to introduce the new wave of STOKED to you.

Please email us feedback and comments, we look forward to hearing from you.