Laure and Daniel Stern
Laure and Daniel Stern
Laure Stern felt that her life was forever changed by the multicultural experiences she received living in the Philippines, Spain, and Malaysia, where her father, a musician, worked for the U.S. Information Agency. She graduated cum laude from Brandeis University with a bachelor’s degree in theater arts. Her first job was teaching theater to Spanish-speaking students in Boston through a program under Mayor Kevin White’s office of community affairs designed to bridge the gap between a diverse and segregated population. Ms. Stern went on to act in the acclaimed Looking Glass Theater in Rhode Island, whose mission was to build self-esteem and coalesce diverse groups of children by inviting them as participants in the productions. Laure initiated the translation and performance of the plays into Spanish to better reach the Hispanic community throughout the area.
In 1986, after living and working in New York City for 13 years as an actress and a professional chef and food writer, she and Daniel moved their family to Los Angeles where she has worked as a volunteer and a community activist involved in areas of youth services and education. She has held numerous PTA offices, including education commissioner for the California State PTA where she was a member of the statewide strategic plan and a member of the California Service Learning Initiative. She was president of Malibu High School site governance council and co-chair of Prop X, a successful bond measure that brought $42 million dollars into Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. She served on the SMMUSD Community Center Action Committee for the district’s strategic plan. In 1997 she co-chaired Celebration for Education that raised over $500,000 benefiting local public schools.
In 1999, after the tragedy in Littleton, Colo., Laure organized the Malibu community and formed the Malibu Youth Coalition, an alliance of agencies and community members dedicated to exploring a better community for the youth and families of the local community. As a result, she became founding president of Malibu Foundation for Youth and Families, a nonprofit organization to benefit and unify support services for youth and families of greater Malibu. As president, she began and oversaw the building of Boys & Girls Club Malibu Teen Center and initiated Power of Possibility Community Summits. She is responsible for the development of community support and raising millions of dollars, which served to anchor MFYF as the premier nonprofit in the region.
She served as national trustee for the Pacific region for Boys & Girls Clubs of America where she worked to feature the clubs in Indian Country at the 2005 regional dinner. She convened a meeting to bring the tribal leader of Red Lake Nation, Floyd Jourdain, and others together to discuss the possibilities of a better partnership between public schools and Boys & Girls Clubs to find solutions after the tragedy at Red Lake.
She is now a member of the board of advisors to Malibu Foundation for Youth and Families and is an advisor to the Healing Horse Initiative, a proposal to provide health services, jobs, and leadership development on Indian reservations through equine assisted learning. She received the President’s Call to Service Award in 2009, which is given to individuals with over 4,000 hours of volunteer service, and hopes to find new ways to honor the purpose of this award which is to inspire others to make service a central part of their lives.
She and Daniel are proud parents of three grown children and have been happily married for longer than they can remember.
Daniel Stern is well known for his acting work in such movies as Whip It, Very Bad Things, Home Alone, City Slickers, Diner, Hannah and Her Sisters, Blue Thunder, and Breaking Away. He appeared on numerous television shows and was the narrator of the hit TV show The Wonder Years. He has done extensive work in the theater over the past 30 years in both New York and Los Angeles, including Dinner with Friends at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. He made his debut as a playwright when his play Barbra’s Wedding premiered in New York in February 2003. The play received its West Coast premiere in September 2005 at the Falcon Theater in Los Angeles. His directing credits include the fantasy baseball movie Rookie of the Year and the television shows Danny and The Wonder Years. He is currently directing American Buffalo by David Mamet for Third Rail in Portland, Ore. Mr. Stern is also an accomplished sculptor working in bronze, clay, and fiberglass. His art show “Frame of Film” opened in Malibu at the Tracy Park Gallery in February 2010.
Mr. Stern has been an advocate for youth since he was one himself, working in the day care center his mother ran when he was a teenager. In 1995, he took the time to create a curriculum to teach media literacy to children as an antidote for the undue influence of the media on today’s youth. He taught high school classroom seminars each semester for the next few years, which led to him to be named the honorary membership chair for the California State PTA. In 1999, Daniel and his wife founded the Malibu Foundation for Youth and Families that opened a Boys & Girls Club Malibu Teen Center in 2000. Today, the center serves over 1,000 kids both during and after school hours and is located on site at Malibu High School. The Foundation continues to benefit the community through many projects including bi-annual community summits to communicate and prioritize the needs of area youth and families.
In 2003, he was invited by the USO to go on a handshake tour in Iraq. He met thousands of soldiers and brought personal messages to them from the public schools and Boys & Girls Club in Malibu. In 2009, he was invited by the White House to read Good Night Moon to children on the White House lawn and be a part of the Easter Egg Roll with President Obama.
Daniel is also a strong supporter of environmental groups such as Waterkeepers, Heal the Bay, Natural Resource Defense Council, and Youth for Environmental Sanity. He is a member of the board of directors for The Creative Coalition and the Malibu Foundation for Youth and Families.
In 2002, Boys & Girls Clubs of America honored Daniel and Laure by presenting them with the Champion of Children Award for their extraordinary efforts on behalf of the teens of Malibu and their establishment of a Boys & Girls Club after a teen brought a gun to school. In September 2009, he received the President’s Call to Service Award, the highest national level award given for volunteer service in recognition of his extraordinary commitment to volunteerism and civic participation.
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