When it comes to making a tangible difference, world-class Skateistan has it down to a science - and in our new short documentary, we're now giving you an in-depth look into Skateistan and the journey of Daniel, a 25-year-old educator working with the organization.
An award-winning non-profit organization that uses skateboarding for youth empowerment, Skateistan recently celebrated the completion of a skate school in Johannesburg. This is Skateistan’s fourth facility; the organization already runs programs at Skate Schools in Afghanistan and Cambodia. Currently, they reach more than 1,500 at-risk youth aged 5 to 17 each week around the world.
Since 2014, Skateistan has been active in Johannesburg, running sessions at outreach locations and with partner organizations. Through the skate school, Skateistan will provide programs to even more youth in the Central Business District area of Johannesburg, South Africa.
This new permanent Skate School will be a safe space for local youth, with a particular focus on girls and low- income youth. Students have the opportunity to play and learn as part of the Skate and Create program, or access homework help and career advice as part of the Back-To-School program.
The documentary, directed by Coral Amy Brown, also features footage of skateboarding legend Tony Hawk opening up the new skate school. We hope you enjoy the documentary, which you can watch in full above.