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Everyone has a story to tell. Here is a collection of stories related to STLF submitted by students, parents, supporters, partners, and more. Explore the stories, post comments, and submit one of your own to be posted soon! Thanks for reading!

My Story - Jennifer Chounlakone

Posted on 18-Mar-15 12:39. Comments (0)

Read Jennifer's story! Find about how STLF has influenced her through the years.

My Story - Vikram Venkatesan

Posted on 03-Mar-15 14:25. Comments (0)

Vikram discuses his finding himself through STLF and his continued involvement in this fantastic organization.

My Story - Meghan Markwell

Posted on 02-Feb-15 13:02. Comments (0)

Meghan explores her experience with STLF, touching upon her learnings and her goals.

My Story - Aurea Malave

Posted on 02-Feb-15 10:20. Comments (0)

Aurea discuses her experiences with STLF at the Western Illinois University chapter

My Story - Cherub Ravoori

Posted on 02-Feb-15 09:58. Comments (0)

Cherub discuses his experiences with STLF on his first ever Pay It Forward Tour

My Story - Sam Finch

Posted on 16-Dec-14 12:56. Comments (0)

Sam discusses her first time going on a Pay-It-Forward tour and everything she has learned from her wondrous experience with STLF.

My Story - Miah Gray

Posted on 19-Nov-14 11:20. Comments (0)

Miah, a Leadership Camp participant talks about her experience and finding understanding.

My Story - Jon Rylander

Posted on 29-Oct-14 15:58. Comments (0)

Jon discuses his experiences with STLF and many teachings he has picked up along the way.

My Story - Jessica Qian

Posted on 10-Oct-14 10:21. Comments (0)

Jessica, a Leadership Camp participant talks about her experience and finding understanding.

My Story - Charu Ganesh

Posted on 10-Sep-14 09:37. Comments (0)

Charu, a student from Michigan State University shares her first PIF experience. She discusses, relationships, experience, peace, and harmony,

My Story - Sarah Crissinger

Posted on 07-Aug-14 11:22. Comments (0)

Sarah, a student from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, shares her thoughts about her PIF Tour experience and some of her learnings from the trip. It's making us excited for this year's tours!!

My Story - Jordie, ISU

Posted on 17-Jun-14 10:49. Comments (0)

"I honestly now believe that everyone is born with the capability to lead, they just need a push to find their abilities. I was able to find mine during this experience and vowed to keep signing up for leadership roles." - Jordie Arkels

My Story - Sophie, Minnetonka High School

Posted on 13-May-14 11:38. Comments (0)

Sophie wrote an essay about STLF for an application, and wanted to share it with the STLF community. Enjoy!

My Story - Danny Grieve

Posted on 08-Apr-14 15:04. Comments (0)

Danny Grieve, a senior at Illinois State University shares some of his favorite STLF memories and encourages YOU to get move involved!

My Story - University of Wisconsin River Falls Bus Core

Posted on 12-Feb-14 10:28. Comments (0)

This year's bus core from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls shares their story of how they got to be where they are today.

My Story - Nicole Tokarski

Posted on 08-Jan-14 11:18. Comments (0)

Nicole shares proof where home is for her and how STLF was a college experience game-changer. Check out her story here!

My Story - Wenkai Ying

Posted on 09-Dec-13 12:39. Comments (0)

When Wenkai first arrived in the US, her goal was to finish school and return home. After participating on a PIF tour her freshman year, her perspectives changed and she started getting energized from being involved.

My Story - Mariam Jalloul

Posted on 07-Nov-13 22:10. Comments (0)

After Paying It Forward multiple times, Mariam discovers opportunities outside of her zip code and comfort zone. Most often girls in her community do not leave home for college, but Mariam decided to be a role model for other young women around her.

My Story - Amber Altstadt

Posted on 29-Aug-13 11:54. Comments (0)

Amber submitted this story a year ago to share STLF's impact in her life. Follow Amber from high school to undergrad through STLF and see how she has extended beyond STLF since!

My Story - Kjersti Fried

Posted on 30-Apr-13 15:21. Comments (0)

Kjersti shares why being a bus core leader is a different experience than being a participant. She shares her gratitude for seeing a diverse group of people being knit into a family.

My Story - Christian Pierce

Posted on 30-Apr-13 15:04. Comments (0)

In this essay for his English class on a time that had meaning in his life, Christian recaps his first Pay It Forward Tour. Peek in to see what fuels his desire to serve and his view of the gift of giving.

My Story - Dan "Sparky" Knapp

Posted on 30-Apr-13 14:50. Comments (0)

In this video My Story, Sparky shares his journey with a group of STLF college participants in a Celebration City! Check it out from the audience's perspective.

My Story - Ken Chong

Posted on 30-Apr-13 14:34. Comments (0)

"A person is a culmination of all the experiences they've ever had which are tied to all the experiences in the world...Sometimes we forget how connected we all are and instead get caught up in our own worlds."

My Story - Kevin Parkinson

Posted on 03-Apr-13 13:35. Comments (0)

"You don't have to solve world hunger or cure cancer to be a leader. My students were leaders the moment they sought solutions for problems in their community, big or small. My students were leaders when they saw the potential for change in themselves."

My Story - Sheila Lindgren

Posted on 24-Nov-12 13:03. Comments (0)

"I am a parent of my daughters who just got back from the STLF Pay It Forward Tour. I just want to say, from a parents perspective, that this is an amazing experience for them."


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