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Live A Big Life Scholarship

Sophia Lerdahl
Brooklyn · NY
What is your cause and how will it make the world kinder?

Create a scholarship program for inner city youth to go on a Big Life adventure after graduating high school.

How will you use the $10k?

$10,000 creates 20 scholarships, giving them the opportunity to go to a new place, meet new people and shadow professionals after graduating high school.

What impact do you hope to make?

A kid's aspirations tend to be limited by their own horizons, and our goal is to give kids a chance to broaden those horizons and aspire to do more.

Other Details
Live A Big Life Scholarship

We are riding our bikes across the USA because we want to live the biggest, fullest lives we can. We are raising money to create a scholarship program so that underserved youth in NYC and LA can go on a similar eye-opening, risk-taking, get-out-of-your-comfort-zone-and-see-what-the-world-has-to-offer trip after they graduate from high school. We are raising money in partnership with STOKED, a non-profit organization that works with inner city high school students to help them become college and career ready. Upon completion of the STOKED program, students can apply for a Live A Big Life Scholarship. When you leave your neighborhood and your city, go outside your comfort zone, see and meet new people, places and things, you grow. You stretch and develop in fundamental ways, and your dreams grow along with you. You learn to reach higher than you used to because your perspective has broadened. That’s what we’re doing with our bike ride, and that’s the opportunity we will create for the youth of STOKED. There will also be a professional exploration component, where they shadow professionals and gain exposure to potential future career paths.

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