Success Stories

Samuel del Pilar

Team Sneakers for Success

Competed in the 2011/12 UMass IC

Sam del Pilar is a social entrepreneur and Founder/CEO of Sneakers for Success (S4S) http://sneakers4success.org. He also just landed a full-time job with Reebok!

S4S uses sneaker culture, urban lifestyle, and footwear design as a platform so students can discover their intuitive creative powers in solving problems. It is a 12 week curriculum program that takes students through the process of how a sneaker is made emphasizing design, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields, and marketing/ communication. Sneakers are an element of our youth's lifestyles- sport, music, fashion, art, everything! Throughout the 12 weeks participants examine sneaker culture and the footwear industry from many different elements that include but are not limited to the historical and social influences of sneakers, powerful marketing campaigns, footwear design and production, and the engineering behind footwear. The use of sneakers keeps the students engaged and connected to the standard school material as well as exposing them to ways they can transform their passion into anything. Overall, S4S gives every student that SOLE POWERTM needed to achieve anything.