STOKED. Family. Igniters.

Words:  Constance Beverley This year, we asked the STOKED Youth, on both coasts, what STOKED means to them.  Their resounding response:  “STOKED is family.”

We believe people (youth, mentors, supporters etc.) gravitate to us because we provide a real connection, unconditional support, and a safe place to follow your dreams.  For our youth, staff and mentors, each program day, after school session, skateboarding, snowboarding, or surfing trip, is an opportunity to grow and succeed in a safe, supportive place. We know we can trust each other and rely on each other to help us become the best version of ourselves.  That is STOKED.  STOKED is family.

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Unfortunately, it’s hard to get every member of our STOKED family out to the beach, up to the mountains, or out to one of our partner schools.  We wish you could all come to every program day and build skateboards, meet with our professional mentors, and shred.  We wish you could share every minute of our 450 hours of programming per year, but we know, you have meetings, families, rock bands, start-ups, book clubs, crossfit, the works.  We also know, that doesn’t make you any less a part of the family.  STOKED is family.  Family is forever (even if you can’t make it to Thanksgiving this year).  

But if you want to be more involved, and help fuel all 27,000 minutes of STOKED Programming for 2016/17, there is a way and you don’t have to leave your desk, child, rescue pet, etc.  All you have to do is sign up to be a STOKED Igniter.

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What’s an Igniter - let’s say it’s that really awesome Aunt/Uncle/Cousin/etc. that always checks in on you, supports everything you do, and helps out by slipping you a little cash now and again. Or, in plain terms:  the STOKED Igniters are monthly donors (contributing either $27/month or $87/month) that support all of STOKED’s programming - every skateboard built, snack consumed, wave caught, kickflip landed, and powder turn made.  In exchange, we send you so much love and thanks - swag, parties, a private website/facebook group - and constant updates on all the awesome you’ve made happen in our lives, like the most grateful family member you could ever imagine.  You take care of us, we take care of you, because, STOKED is family.  

Our supporters make everything happen, with every instagram like, facebook share, hour volunteered, and dollar raised.  This family rocks.

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Join the Igniter family today at www.stokedigniters.com.