STLF's mission is to reveal leadership through service, relationships, and action.
Every organization, every movement, and every solution begins with a simple idea. The idea that became Students Today Leaders Forever grew out of an inspired conversation with four wide-eyed college freshmen who were just crazy enough to believe that young people can change the world…
CREATED BY YOUTH. STLF believes that young people can make a difference today! Founded as a student group by four college freshmen in 2003, STLF has contributed 278,000+ hours of direct service around the nation.
We’re best known for our Pay it Forward Tour — a community service road trip that combines travel, service, reflection, and friendship. Pay It Forward Tours, High School Leadership Camps, and numerous leadership trainings for student volunteers all provide students ongoing and highly meaningful leadership experiences.
DRIVEN BY YOUTH. Today, hundreds of young people volunteer to make incredible experiences happen for youth all around the country. Each STLF program is organized and facilitated by teams of students working together in collective leadership.
This year alone, STLF's small eleven-person staff will work with 500 student volunteer leaders to organize programs for almost 4,000 youth.
BECAUSE OF YOUTH. STLF is all about believing in the possibilities of youth—our voice, our dreams, our actions to make incredible things happen in the world. Because of the leadership of students, STLF has accomplished:
- 501 Pay it Forward Tours
- 20,004 students
- Service in 48 States
- Over 278,000 direct service hours to communities
JOIN US. CHANGE THE WORLD. STLF programs provide meaningful leadership experience and encourage students to become catalysts for positive change in their own lives, schools, and communities, generating a lasting commitment to ‘pay it forward.’ Help make this possible for more youth with a donation to STLF today!
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UNDERSTANDING YOUR IMPACT. STLF is successful because of a sustainable and scalable financial model, along with a growing and committed community of supporters like you. While program service revenues fund direct program costs, there are four areas where we need your help and support:
Thank you for your support!