Steve Larosiliere speaks about the chances he’s been given, and how he payed it forward with STOKED, an award winning development organization for underserved youth.

“Oftentimes, all we have to do is make a decision to change.”

Steve Larosiliere is the founder and president of STOKED, an award winning development organization for underserved youth that seeks to inspire these teens through action sports. Steve has been named Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the National Black MBA, Honored as a Hometown Hero, and given a Community Impact Award. In this talk on chance from November 2014 at CreativeMornings/New York City, Steve speaks about the chances he’s been given in life — about the things that happened to him and the things that happened because of him — and how each one informed his mission to close the opportunity gap and pay it forward in his community.

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Favorite quotes from this episode

The opportunity gap is the difference in life trajectory between the low income and the middle class youth and the thing about the opportunity gap is you could grow up low income, go to college and still end up back in the same place. You know why - because you don't know anybody or you graduate from school, get a good job but maybe you can't keep it because you don't have the skills or you're not used to it in terms of new environments.

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I didn't understand everything because I'm French but I still learn a lot, thank you !

Luc Vienois • November 26, 2015