About Find Your Grind

The Future Belongs To The Misfits

We're accelerating first steps to passion and career discovery, worldwide.

Find Your Grind's mission is simple:

Give people a roadmap to discover who they are, where they're going, and the first steps to get there.

Kids are told every day that their unique passion can't be a job. We disagree. So we're illuminating the ever-evolving possible — from lifestyles to careers. We're shortening the path to this discovery for students and their educators. And we’re flipping the standard script to life planning.

For High Schools

Kids talking around laptops

Our high school curriculum changes the conversation around career exploration — asking students what kind of life they want to live, then guiding them to create it.

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Digital Experience

Charm La'Donna

Find Your Grind’s self-assessment and job shadow videos provide gritty details students really want to know, such as actual work hours and pay, risk of automation and the potential to work remotely.

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Live Events

Mike Smith and students at an event

By letting youth drive the programming, FYG creates the sickest live events across the country, focused on helping students find their purpose and leave a positive legacy.

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Apparel

Teenagers wearing FYG apparel

We've got Gen Z covered, head to toe. Find Your Grind's apparel brand grew out of the same mentality as our education curriculum: inspire youth to own their identity, and their future.

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Foundation

FYG founders presenting a scholarship check

The Find Your Grind Foundation helps people find their purpose and turn their passion into reality. Since 2015, it's contributed over $2 million to individuals, organizations, and programs across the country — from music academies in Compton to a digital arts collective in Nebraska.

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Made for Misfits, by These Misfits:

Nick Gross

Co-Founder, Co-CEO

Nick is an entrepreneur and philanthropist, who founded Find Your Grind and serves on the board of The Gross Family Foundation. Nick drums for alternative pop rock band Half the Animal and is the founder of Gross Labs, The Noise Nest, as well as Big Noise.

Natasha Gross

Co-Founder, Co-CEO

Natasha is the Executive Director of the Find Your Grind Foundation, which has created programs, workshops, and experiential learning opportunities to improve the lives of at-risk youth through the arts.

Mike Smith

Co-Founder / Chief Heart Officer

Mike is a sought-after motivational speaker, business coach, brand ambassador, author, host of The Harbor, and founder of three nationally recognized nonprofit youth organizations: The Bay, Skate For Change, and Rabble Mill.

The Dingo

Co-Founder / Chief Misfit Officer

Luke “the Dingo” Trembath is a former professional snowboarder and a leading voice in action sports world, whose experiences range from hosting high profile sporting events to starring in five seasons of Fuel TV's "The Adventures of Danny & The Dingo.”

Levi Nelson

CXO

Levi worked as a design leader in a few startups before joining FYG and leads our digital experience team as Chief Experience Officer. When he's not slinging code and pushing pixels he's hanging with his wife & kids or playing video games.

Chris Mathew

Product Director

Chris's entire work experience has been around education: briefly a teacher in the US Peace Corps, then at an education-focused international non-profit, and then a manager of Jostens Renaissance Education. He has a bulldog named GARY! whose spirit animal is a rhino. GARY! is a good boy.

Ryan Ricenbaw

Chief Educator

As a career “educator”, Ryan has been a teacher and most recently a high school principal for the past 11 years. Ryan charts the course for all things education at FYG. If he isn’t at work, you can find him spending time with his family, studying for his doctorate, traveling or just killin’ it in the kitchen with Blue Apron.

Peter J. Lee

Creative Director

A 20-year fashion veteran, Peter's life revolves around his family, jujitsu, fashion, art, and design. He's previously held positions for Linkin Park, Supra Shoes / KR3W Denim, Hudson Jeans, Element Skateboards, and Puma, while also designing for misfit brands like Roxy, Quiksilver, O’Neill, and others.

Andrew Norman

Content Manager

Andrew runs FYG’s team of writers. He’s a nonprofit founder/director, journalist and author who’s spent his career working for underdog causes.

Drew Newlin

Manager, MSL

Drew's been Mike's right hand man for years and manages logistics for Find Your Grind. An avid skateboarder of nearly 20 years, he's right at home in the misfit culture propogated by FYG.

Caden Pearson

Lead Coordinator, Shipping & Distribution

In addition to his role at FYG, Caden runs a program for at-risk youth at a non-profit. When he’s not looking after the FYG warehouse or selling t-shirts on tour, you can find him wrenching on old motorcycles or riding them across the country with his friends.

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