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Students for Social Change – Athena Reflects

In 2016, Athena M. from Florida attended Summerfuel’s Social Enterprise program, now held at Stanford University. Not only did she broaden her horizons by meeting students from all over the world, but she learned just how important social issues are to her. We know she will excel in college and make a fantastic journalist. Take a peek at what she had to say about her time with Summerfuel:

“I am currently a senior in high school, applying for colleges! I am applying mostly to schools in the Northeast, and hope to attend Tufts or Syracuse. In 2016, I attended the Summerfuel Social Entrepreneurship Program at Georgetown, and had an amazing time there. My favorite aspect of Summerfuel was probably getting the chance to meet so many international students. To this day, I still talk to some of them, including two friends from Honduras and one from New Jersey!

The program really helped me realize my passion for social issues and worldly perspectives, and that is what I want to incorporate into my future career as a journalist. I am passionate about women’s, black, and human rights, and I have even volunteered on political campaigns, raising awareness for these issues. Thank you!”

-Athena M., Florida

A Bittersweet Ending

2018 Summerfuel Stanford has officially come to a close. All of the students (& staff) have departed and are moving on to enjoy the remainder of their summer! Everyone had an amazing time and we can tell that there are many life long friendships that formed this summer.

The best part of the summer was seeing the student’s final pitches. Each group worked so hard to create meaningful entrepreneurship ventures! Below you will find out a little bit about each pitch!

These are in the order they were pitched to the Judges:

Street Lights

Justin, Shirley, and Leonardo

Storm Chasers

Chris, Laura, Yoan, Deven

Education Nation

Tia, Cooper, Johan, Pavel

We Hope

Marta, Jared, Thierry, Aisha


Mariana, Victor, Taisiya

Ukraine Side by Side

Fendi, Vitali, Giulia


Sam, Aladin, Felipe, Richie

Smart Ogorod


Urban Fresh

Allegra, Abelino, Grigory


Arne, Ryan, William


Louis, Alex, Paula, Chloe

Fugly Fruits

Venezia, Fillipo, Albert


William, Martin, Arkar, Chotiya

Future Excel

Bernardo, Martina, Diana, Andres

Future Generation

Federico, Felipe, Diego

The judges were incredibly impressed by each and every pitch that was made. They had a hard time but chose a first, second and third place, as well as a few honorable mentions.

Honorable Mentions:

Fugly Fruits – Venezia, Fillipo, Albert

Smart Ogorod – Makar

Third Place – Empower – Louis, Alex, Paula, Chloe

Second Place – Insecting – William, Martin, Arkar, Chotiya

First Place – Naturalis – Sam, Aladin, Felipe, Richie

We hope everyone had an amazing Summerfuel Summer! See you next year!!!

Snacks and Final Pitches

Wednesday was all about getting the students ready for their final pitch. Some students met with their teachers to practice one last time. While they worked the kids munched on snacks and drinks to fuel their minds!

Mr. and Ms. Summerfuel!

Today was another packed day of fun! Students have continued to prepare their pitches, which will be this Thursday! During the afternoon, Rodney, one of our RAs, led meditation, and finally we had Mr. and Ms. Summerfuel in the evening. Students made outfits and had a fashion show!

San Francisco!

Today was our second trip to San Francisco! Students were able to have a picnic lunch at the iconic Alamo Square. This photogenic hilltop has appeared in numerous TV and film productions, such as the sitcom ‘Full House.’ From there, we went to Union Square, where students were able to shop, eat and listen to great music!

Santa Cruz

Yesterday, the students took a trip down to Santa Cruz! Students ate at local restaurants, some went shopping, others tried out the amusement rides, and everyone enjoyed the beach!

The Stakes Were High Tonight!

This evening was our annual Casino night. The students had a fun time playing traditional Casino games as well as some extra card games, bingo and more! The night was complete with a fun photo booth, good music, a Roaring 20s theme, food and Mocktails! It was a fun night had by all!


Talent Show!

Today was an exciting day! A group of students were able to attend a Social Enterprise event with speakers who are experts at creating sustainable enterprise ventures. One of our teachers, Neetal, presented a workshop at the event!

There was also a talent show here at the home headquarters. The students (and some staff) enjoyed showing off their mad skills in singing, dancing, magic and guitar playing to their fellow Summerfuelers! Our Director, Chad, showed off his best talent as well, delivering pizza, to the well-deserving winner! It was a great Thursday here at Stanford.

Students at the event talking about social enterprise.

Neetal, one of our Faculty, presenting at the event.

Checking out the booths at the event.

Thinking about how much we have learned about social enterprise.

A Magic trick is happening.

AMAZED by the magic!

More Magic!

We do not let skinned knees keep us from a great show!

A true talent – Napping!

Director by day, Pizza delivery guy after events!

Great performers!