Best nonprofit skateboarding organization (2008)

Stoked Mentoring

Stoked Mentoring targets at-risk teens between the ages of 13 to 18 and helps them to succeed by teaching them how to skateboard. The group, which has offices in New York City and Los Angeles, oversees and presents several programs every year, including snowboard, skateboard, and surf mentoring. The extreme-sports concept may sound bonkers, but it works; the kids pay rapt attention to a skateboarding coach the way they never would to a boring old science tutor, and they look up to the dude on the board as a trusted teacher and friend.


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