We Are One Watershed
StokeShare’s mission is to share the outdoors. At the heart of that mission is our responsibility to share it with the next generation. As our children consume more media and technology, they are spending less and less time outdoors. This is a disturbing trend that we are trying to reverse. We believe that the only way to teach kids the importance of nature is to make it exciting, and what’s more exciting than action sports!?
We call our youth adventure program One Watershed for two reasons. Environmentally, the watershed teaches us that our ecosystems are all connected. Protect the rivers upstream and the ocean is healthier. Then metaphorically, we celebrate the idea that everything we do has an impact downstream.
Action sports have a unique ability to help children face their fears and realize their full potential. StokeShare believes that the more opportunities kids have to build their confidence, the better equipped they will be to overcome challenges in all aspects of life. That’s why we have monthly events to teach kids how to get absolutely STOKED on action sports. To date, we have empowered over 300 children to surf, paddleboard, kayak, and snowboard.
Unfortunately, children from low-income communities don’t have the same kind of access to nautre. StokeShare believes that every child should be exposed to the wonder of the outdoors and it’s our job to give them the opportunity. To date, we have worked with 12 local nonprofits to introduce kids from disadvantaged communities to nature in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Seattle.
StokeShare believes it is our duty to leave the world a better place than we found it. When we can connect kids with nature and challenge them to push themselves through action sports, the future leaders of this world will be more passionate to protect it. During every youth adventure mentorship, we partner with an environmental nonprofit group to teach the kids how to protect the area we are experiencing. To date, we’ve partnered with Surfrider, Protect Our Winters, and Save the Bay.