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Skateistan’s model is founded on the belief that skateboarding is a great equalizer. With a safe space and staff trained in delivering quality programs, we develop community leaders and skateboarders who know how to safely fail and persevere through adversity. This new generation of role models is equipped to tackle complex problems in their own lives as well as in their local and global communities.
At Skateistan, children find a fun, safe community where they can play and learn, free from discrimination and violence. Within a diverse peer group they come to understand themselves as equal with others, while learning new skills and building friendships. As members of a thriving learning community, youth develop key life skills and increase their confidence. Youth set goals, stay in school, and become involved in civic engagement activities. Many become role models for their peers in the skatepark and classes. At 18, youth graduate from Skateistan and from high school with an expanded notion of community, and the tools to seek out further education and employment. Some become Skateistan volunteers and staff, and all join a global community of active, engaged citizens - promoting such values as equality, education, and inclusion.
Yes. Involving the local community was important for consent; we put in the effort to operate in a culturally-sensitive and appropriate manner. It is common for local government, youth, parents, and community groups to work together to build safe, supervised, and youth-friendly facilities. Watch how the Skate School was made in Johannesburg.
More than 50% of students are girls! Getting girls on a skateboard has been a priority since Skateistan's beginning. However, we acknowledge that there are many obstacles to teaching girls — and that is why we hold the support of the parents, local community and government in such high regard. Half of our students are female, giving Afghanistan the highest rate of female participation in skateboarding in the world. They are taught on separate days at the park, by an all-female staff. In South Africa and Cambodia, Skateistan hopes to address the gender gap through their girls-only sessions. We run 14 of these girls-only sessions each week around the world.
Yes. A focus of ours is working with youth living with a disability. Students can take part in our Skate and Create program and we run Outreach sessions with partner organisations. Skateboarding is accessible to children with physical disabilities, as it can be practiced in some form by virtually anyone. The ability to take part in sport and creative activities builds students confidence, self-esteem, and provides a valuable platform for self-expression.
The Skate Schools are supervised and secure private facilities that are built and run with community consent. We are in regular communication with local safety organizations, as well as with government and local community leaders, so that we receive regular security updates and conduct activities safely. When skating all students must wear a helmet and safety pads.
Yes, this is essential, as most participants of Skateistan cannot afford to pay for lessons. There are absolutely no costs incurred by students for any activities, for example, all materials needed in the skatepark or the classroom are provided to students by Skateistan. Additionally, we arrange transport for girls in Afghanistan to make it easier and safer for them to attend.
Visits are generally not possible as our Skate Schools run classes five days a week. During these times, the Skate Schools are reserved for the students. Hosting visitors can disrupt programs. If you are at one of our locations and are interested in making a donation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are interested in a visit for media purposes please email email@example.com.
Skateistan is growing all the time. If you have a skateboarding project working with youth that you think could fit into a potential partnership with Skateistan please email your proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org. Only serious proposals will be considered, and the process of evaluation will take up to one year.
If your question hasn’t been answered through this Q&A or our website, you can find out all the detals of who to email, call or write depending on your query in the 'Get In Touch' section below.
+49 (30) 914 92101
Programs or partnerships: email@example.com
Oppelner Strasse 29
Attn: Damon Thorley, Treasurer
PO Box 5741
Bellingham WA 98227 - 5741
(please address donations by check to 'Skateistan USA')
Bank address: Potsdamer Strasse 125
Account name: Skateistan gGmbH
Account number: 138 068 200
Bankleitzahl: 100 400 00
IBAN: DE14 1004 0000 0138 0682 00
BIC/SWIFT Code: COBADEFFXXX