From The Bronx To The Big Screen With Joy Bryant

We all believe in the idea that your geography shouldn’t be your destiny, right?

Well it’s true. At STOKED, we work hard to break the cycle of poverty for low income students by giving them the skills, relationships and experiences through action sports culture to change their life trajectory. It’s been our mission from day one.

That’s why if there’s anyone who vibes with this belief we’d love for them to get involved. Through a close friendship with Cofounder Sal Masekela, Joy Bryant became an early supporter of STOKED.

A product of youth development programs like A Better Chance, Bryant, who grew up in a low income household in the Bronx, was able to attend a private boarding school and attend Yale before becoming a model and actress.

Joy Bryant Accepting the STOKED Achievement Award.

Joy Bryant Accepting the STOKED Achievement Award.

At the time when we first met her, she had just started snowboarding and become obsessed with action sports lifestyle. What drew her to it was it’s freedom, independence, and the life skills that you learn while participating. So STOKED was a no brainer for her.

Because of her support, we were able to expand to the Bronx to serve her own community, we’ve gotten more awareness, funds, and a lifelong supporter of our work.

Years back, we gave Joy the STOKED Achievement Award for her commitment to our mission. Because of her enthusiasm the night of, she was able to help us have a record breaking fundraising night at the event.

We’re so grateful for everyone who supports including Joy.

To catch the stoke and to join our community, there’s no better introduction to the transformative nature of our work than attending our STOKED Awards On October 22nd.

Go to to get tickets today.