This year I am taking on the challenge of running my first NYC Marathon. The best part is, that I am doing it to raise money for a cause near and dear to my heart.STOKED Mentoring is a non-for-profit mentoring organization that I have been involved in for 6 years. STOKED matches up inner city “At-Risk” students with a successful adult to build a mentoring pair; it then teaches the mentoree and mentor how to skateboard, snowboard and surf. The idea is for the mentoree and mentor to learn the sport together so they can build a stronger relationship through falling and picking each other up.I have watched and helped STOKED grow from its grass roots, and every year I am amazed at the size of it, and how much it helps the teens involved. To date, STOKED has grown from helping 50 mentoring pairs to helping 100’s of mentoring pairs. We have a 100% high school graduation rate from every student who is involved, and about 85% or more of the students go away to a 4-year college. The program has grown to include after school programs. We at Stoked, advocated for the NYS Board of Education to approve the skateboard building program as one of the electives toward a science credit.I now put a challenge to you, please help me with my fundraising goals to raise $3000 for stoked mentoring. Every dollar we raise together allows STOKED to fund the buses needed to get to the top of mountains, snowboards, surfboards, skateboards, sunblock, sandwiches, rash guards, winter coats, gloves, and the ability for the program to exist and continue succeedingThank you for reading through this, the program is dear to my heart and I hope that you will help the program keep going strong.BestDan
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