Always wanted to learn about different skateboarding for social good projects around the world but didn’t have the patience or time to scour the internet? Good news! I’ve compiled a list that consists not only of charities and non-profits, but also of brands, initiatives, collectives, and individuals who are pushing bo(a)rders and dreaming the world forward through skateboarding.
This is a work in progress, so please feel free to comment if you’d like to add something 🙂
Brujas (New York, NY)
Skate Kitchen (New York, NY)
Black Femme Skate (New York, NY)
Girls Skate NYC (New York, NY)
Quell Skateboarding (New York, NY)
FroSkate (Chicago, IL)
Skate Like a Girl (Seattle, Washington)
Exposure Skate (California)
The Side Project (California)
Homage Skateboard Academy (Brooklyn, New York)
Briana King (Los Angeles, California/New York, NY)
RastaClat (Long Beach, California)
A.Skate (Birmingham, Alabama)
Skate Witches (Vancouver)
Exposé Magazine (Quebec)
Mujeres en Patinetas
Concrete Jungle Foundation – Alto Trujillo (Las Palmeritas Skatepark, Alto Trujillo, Peru)
Skateboarding in Europe is well-established, popular, and pervasive. Don’t quote me on this, but I’m pretty sure every country in Europe has at least one skate park. Some of the world’s most iconic skate spots such as MACBA in Barcelona and Stalin Plaza in Prague are in Europe. Women, LGBTQ+ folks, and other historically marginalized groups enjoy much more access and inclusion in the skateboarding community than anywhere else in the world (perhaps save for the United States).
Mistral Sk8 Cup
Free Movement Skateboarding
Mystic Sk8 Cup (Prague)
Zabka’s World (Prague)
Girl Skate Liege
Xem Skaters (Malmö)
Stockholm Skatepark (Stockholm)
Christiania DIY Skate spot (Copenhagen)
Skateboarding communities across the African continent are steadily growing in size and momentum. From Morocco to Mozambique, from Ghana to Ethiopia, skateboarding in the continent has grown substantially over the last five years. That being said, skateboarding NGOs such as Indigo Youth Movement in South Africa and Skate Moz in Mozambique have been in the game since the mid-2000s.
Surf Ghana (Accra)
No Comply Coven (Johannesburg/Pretoria)
Longboarding SA (Johannesburg)
Girls Can Skate SA
Indigo Youth Movement (Cape Town)
Indigo Skate Camp (Valley of a Thousand Hills/Durban)
Alpha Longboards (Cape Town)
Moonlight Mass (Cape Town)
Asia is the world’s largest and most populous continent. From Turkey to Japan, Indonesia to Russia, the skateboarding scenes in this vast region of the world are quite varied, but grounded nonetheless.
Suli Skate Park
Though I have not personally been to this region of the world, I’m curious about how the growth of skateboarding in the last five years is transforming the country-continent’s urban and social landscape.