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The EMID High School Pay It Forward Tours will have students from the EMID Collaborative. The Pay It Forward Tour will take place from July 30th-August 3rd destined for Kansas City, MO.

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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 - 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 - Ethan Boldt

Posted on 24-Feb-13 09:45. Comments (0)

"If you are someone who is reading these personal stories to address your apprehension that STLF might not be the organization for you, have no fear. I can say with confidence that, if you keep an open mind, the STLF community can become yours. It’s a community that changed my life for the better."

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."

My Story - Joe Powers

Posted on 15-Oct-12 13:23. Comments (0)

"As I go on to lead ISU mystery bus 1 this upcoming spring I am ecstatic to help fellow students overcome their struggles while revealing their leadership potential. I want nothing more than for every participant to have an amazing experience gaining insight into themselves and their potential."

My Story - Lo Cassidy

Posted on 11-Jun-12 11:36. Comments (0)

“The mission of STLF is to reveal leadership through service, action, and relationships”. That isn’t a mission; a mission implies a wish for something. Consider that statement a promise. A promise implies fact. I can promise, if you let it, STLF will change your life. I know it changed mine.

Our Story - Audrey and Tyler

Posted on 04-Jun-12 10:04. Comments (0)

STLF students Audrey (IL) and Tyler (MN) met each other at Leadership Camp during the summer of 2011 where they created a remarkable friendship.

My Story - Joy McBrien

Posted on 30-May-12 12:17. Comments (0)

I could go on and on about the transformational experiences I saw take place on Laura Jeffrey Academy's first-ever Pay It Forward tour. I had been on 6 tours before, but this was my first time as a "community partner," as I worked to get the tour started out of the all-girls middle school in St Paul that I work at as an Americorps Promise Fellow.

My Story - Barbara

Posted on 17-Apr-12 12:24. Comments (0)

"It was a remarkable day during which I several times found myself overwhelmed with emotion. The world is due for a change and I think your group is helping that along."

My Story - Danielle, MSUM

Posted on 04-Apr-12 12:24. Comments (0)

"When I joined STLF this past fall as a freshman at MSUM, I was told by numerous people that going on the Pay It Forward tour would forever change my life. I knew it would probably be a humbling experience, but wasn't sure it would have that much of an impact on me."

My Story - Jack Baartman

Posted on 29-Mar-12 13:50. Comments (0)

"If you’re like me, you can probably trace a chain of major life events back to one single point. My point is that email. If I had overlooked it, my life would be completely different and almost assuredly not as great."

My Story - Ted Shibata

Posted on 27-Mar-12 11:31. Comments (0)

"It was at that moment, when we arrived back in Grand Forks that I realized I paid it forward. Not only to the communities we served but to anyone that felt the same way I did when I got off that bus four years ago. For anyone that is considering a bus core position, don't wait until your fifth tour."

My Story - Darci, Parent

Posted on 06-Mar-12 17:02. Comments (0)

"I have never seen such a genuine smile on my son's face, nor seen such immense internal happiness beaming through him. I waited to send this note to see if it was a temporary gift, but it is sticking! The impact is real!"

My Story - Erin, UMTC

Posted on 05-Mar-12 09:51. Comments (0)

"I can't lie and say I'm not nervous about leading about 37 of my peers on a Tour. I'm hoping I can give them the same awesome experience I had last year..."

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06.14

My Story - Jordie, ISU

With Camps kicking off in a couple of days, we thought it fitting to share a former Camp Crew member's story. Meet Jordie!

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