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The Samara seed has become a significant symbol at Tree Street representing all the knowledge, wisdom, and potential held in something so small. As it matures, eventually it flies and grows into something that can truly change the world, kind of like the kids we serve every day at Tree Street


Samara Stories embody our vision To cultivate leaders who fear less, love more,and dream big, boldly shaping the future and creating communities united across lines of difference.”


They are tales of resilience, leadership, unity, and growthTree Street believes we are at our best in the world when everyone’s unique wisdom and stories are honored and shared because no one ever knows the impact their story might have on others! 


Stories will be shared every Wednesday through email and on our social media! We hope you will be encouraged and perhaps even inspired to share your own Samara Story with us! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram 

Chapter 1– Introducing

Samara Stories

— Part 1 —

Cultivating Leaders

Chapter 2–

Malcolm’s Story

Chapter 3–

Alli’s Story

Chapter 4–

Oren’s Story

Chapter 5–

Mike’s Story

Chapter 6–

Paula’s Story

-The Work-

A Reflection 

Over the years I have struggled to identify my purpose and role in the world. This may sound odd; after all, I am a founder of a youth organization that has grown steadily over the last nine years, receiving awards and accolades from multiple organizations and individuals. Tree Street has made a difference in the lives of so many youths and their families. So what’s the issue? 

-A Reflection from Julia Sleeper-Whiting, Founder Executive Director-

— Part 2 —

Fear Less

Chapter 7–

Prosper’s Story

Chapter 8–

Ronnie’s Story

Chapter 9–

Kay’s Story

-Fear Less-

A Reflection 

Tree Street’s vision is to cultivate leaders who fear less, love more, dream big, who boldly shape communities united across lines of difference. You’d be surprised to learn that the phrase of the vision statement that gets questioned the most is not the ability to create communities united across lines of difference, which one would think would be the most daunting challenge, but rather uncertainty more often than not revolves around the concept of “fear less.”

-A Reflection from Julia Sleeper-Whiting, Founder Executive Director-

— Part 3 —

Love More

Chapter 10–

Betty’s Story

Chapter 11-

Coming Soon