Steve Larosiliere speaks about chances he’s been given, and how he payed it forward with Stoked, a development organization for underserved youth.
About the speaker
Steve Larosiliere is the Founder and President of STOKED, a youth development agency with offices in New York and Los Angeles that uses a combination of action sports (snowboarding, skateboarding, and surfing), mentoring, and after-school programs to empower teens to be successful leaders in their community. Since 2005 STOKED has served over 3500 youth and has a 100% high school graduation rate.
Through STOKED, Steve’s work has appeared in the New Yorker Magazine, Esquire, ESPN, Huffington Post, Oprah Magazine, NY Times, Nylon Magazine, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal, and Transworld Business. STOKED was voted to the charity of the Week by Time Out NY and was voted to the NY 100 (100 most innovative businesses in NY). In 2010 Steve was honored as a Hometown Hero in New York and given the Mentoring Award for his work with New York City youth and was recently given the Cricket Wireless Community Impact award.
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Oftentimes, we live and we go through life just accepting things for the way they are. And oftentimes, all we have to do is make a decision to change. — Steve Larosiliere
That itching feeling of when you know that you should be doing something more with your life, you should be doing it. You're doing yourself, and the universe, and your community, and your family a disservice if you play small. — Steve Larosiliere
Be around people whose games are elevated. — Steve Larosiliere
This is a point in which the story changes from things that happen to me to things that happen because of me. — Steve Larosiliere
Mentoring to me just wasn't about this one-on-one, it was about this community. It was about the community like CreativeMornings. You show up to enough of these things, then you start networking, you meet people, maybe you get jobs, maybe you like hook up or whatever. Things happen when you're in a community. — Steve Larosiliere