We are proud to announce the completion of the Skate School in Johannesburg, which has opened to registered students. Since 2014, we have been active in Johannesburg running sessions at Outreach locations and with partner organizations. Through this new Skate School, we will provide programs to more youth in the Central Business District (CBD) area of Johannesburg, South Africa. So far over 200 youth (47% girls) have registered to be part of our programs!
The Skate School will be a safe space for local youth, with a particular focus on girls and low-income youth. Students will 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. Exceptional youth will have the chance to join the Youth Leadership program to help organize events and assist with sessions. Thanks to the support of Royal Danish Embassy, Comic Relief and Tony Hawk Foundation, we will offer weekly programs to over 300 registered students in 2016, and more than 400 by the end of 2017.
It's warming up! Programs have started with hundreds of students already registered to use the Skate School.
The new Skate School is on a piece of land in New Doornfontein provided by Propertuity. Construction of the state-of-the-art facility was made possible thanks to a large donation from The Skateroom and artist Paul McCarthy, with a contribution from LinkedIn. Afrisam donated the concrete for the 500 square meter skatepark which was built by New Line Skateparks who came over from Vancouver to work alongside local builders JLVA. The shipping container classrooms and office were brought together thanks to in-kind donations from MWP architects, Maersk, CTM, Big Box and Saint-Gobain, with the educational fit-out of the classrooms being supported by the Canadian Embassy in South Africa. This unique structure, designed by Michael Scott, will be our regional base on the African continent.
The Skate School opened to registered students on August 1st and has begun running programs. The official launch is taking place Sunday the 14th of August, with special guests coming to check out the Skate School and meet our students. Stay tuned!
The first Skate and Create class took place in the classroom last week, with students learning about the Universe.
The first skate session in the park was for Women's Day, at which 39 girls turned up!
Skate and Create has begun! Every day the program is taking place at the new Skate School and the students are enjoying it!