Skateistan builds ramps, not bombs

So my friend Erika lives in Afghanistan. She helps run a totally radical youth educational program called Skateistan:

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Skateistan is Afghanistan’s—and the world’s—first co-educational skateboarding school. The school engages growing numbers of urban and internally-displaced youth in Afghanistan through skateboarding, and provides them with new opportunities in cross-cultural interaction, education, and personal empowerment. Our students come from all of Afghanistan’s diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. They will not only develop skills in skateboarding and skateboarding instruction, but also healthy habits, civic responsibility, information technology, the arts, and languages. The students themselves decide what they want to learn—we connect them with teachers who will enable them to develop the skills that they consider important. Since Skateistan has been active in Kabul, we’ve seen that Afghan youth of all ethnicities, genders, and socioeconomic backgrounds love to skateboard. Skateistan brings them together, equipping young men and women with the skills to lead their communities toward social change and development.

Skateistan

Skate video to benefit Haiti relief

Some Lethbridge skaters have taken to the Boarderline ramp, producing a skate video to benefit the Haiti earthquake disaster relief. Via Christian Nelson of Atrophy Manuscript fame:

High Rollers Haiti Benefit Video. Featuring the Boarderline (Lethbridge AB) Team and friends. 100% of the proceeds go to Red Cross Haiti Earthquake Relief. DVD’s are available at Boarderline and if you are interested in donating through Paypal send a payment to the account [email protected]. Thanks for your support.

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Lethbridge Skateboard Association

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