NEWS RELEASE: Stoked Mentoring becomes 2012-2013 Social Enterprise in Residence at Pace University’s Helene and Grant Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship


Stoked Mentoring becomes 2012-2013 Social Enterprise in Residence at Pace University’s Helene and Grant Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship

NEW YORK, Sept. 14, 2012 — Stoked Mentoring, Inc. and Pace University’s Helene and Grant Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship join forces for another year as Stoked Mentoring becomes the Wilson Center’s 2012-2013 Social Enterprise in Residence.

The Social Enterprise in Residence program connects an innovative social enterprise with the Pace community, giving the resident organization the opportunity to fully participate in the academic community, and offering students and faculty a living case study, or learning laboratory, through which to study social enterprise-in-action.

Stoked, a youth mentoring organization that engages young people through action sports such as skateboarding and surfing, was the 2011-2012 Social Enterprise in Residence and engaged the Pace community on many levels both on campus and off.

Stoked Founder and President Steve Larosiliere shared his insights and knowledge with Pace students at events and panel discussions, such as the 2011 Pace Student Leadership Conference. His message resonated with students, and has led to a number of other opportunities for Pace students.  When Stoked considered opening a surf shop in Far Rockaway that would be run by Stoked youth, Larosiliere consulted with SIFE, Pace’s Students in Free Enterprise association, to develop a 55-page business plan for the surf shop.

Stoked continues to provide Pace students with valuable experience as summer interns, with amazing outcomes.  Last year’s intern Hannah Tall ’12 was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to teach English in Colombia after her experience with Stoked, and this summer brought our partnership full-circle when former Stoked mentee Zaidy Morales ‘13 worked as Stoked’s Summer Coordinator.

“We’re so excited about continuing our partnership with Pace University and the Wilson Center,” says Larosiliere.  “I truly feel as if Pace and The Wilson Center have a vested interest in STOKED’s success so that we can operate at full capacity to fulfill our mission.”

“From participating in Stoked’s Community Service day and skateboard mentoring, to drafting business plans with the founder, this partnership has been a great experience for our students,” said Rebecca Tekula, PhD, Executive Director of the Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship.   “With programs like this, we are using our students as experts, trusting their skills, and helping them develop new ones.  We’re treating them as, and teaching them to be, professionals.”

About Stoked Mentoring

Stoked, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was founded on the belief that the courage and perseverance needed to learn action sports would be an ideal way to teach those life skills to youth from disadvantaged urban communities. Stoked’s mission is to promote personal development, academic achievement, and healthy living to under-served youth through action sports culture. Founded in 2005 by Steve Larosiliere and Sal Masekela, the organization operates in both New York and Los Angeles and has served over 2,100 youth.

About the Wilson Center

The Helene and Grant Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship is an institute of Pace University aiming to serve students and nonprofit organizations by encouraging more effective and efficient nonprofit management practices through research, colloquia and continuing education programs. The Center was launched with a $5 million gift from Helene and Grant Wilson, entrepreneurs and philanthropists whose involvement with nonprofits has convinced them that entrepreneurial management can help these organizations increase their impact.


About Pace University

For 106 years Pace University has produced thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu.

Media contact:  Bill Caldwell, Pace, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu


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