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Skateistan relies on hundreds of staff and volunteers worldwide. Our international headquarters are in Berlin, Germany and we have entities around the world supporting our fundraising efforts and raising awareness. Find out more about who works for us and see how you can get involved.
EMPOWERING CHILDREN AND YOUTH THROUGH SKATEBOARDING AND EDUCATION.
We are an award-winning international non-profit organization providing programs combining skateboarding and education to children and youth in Afghanistan, Cambodia and South Africa.
Through the hook of skateboarding, we engage with children, especially girls and youth from low-income backgrounds, giving them access to safe spaces and education and provide valuable life skills that go beyond the skatepark and the classroom.
How do youth benefit from skateboarding?
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.
What are the benefits of children being part of Skateistan’s programs?
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.