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June 2, 2010

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June 2, 2010

I'm a skate park advocate, mom and skateboarder. I have always felt that if you build skateparks, more girls will come out to skateboard. I have realized that it is equally important to have great programming in order to have a successful park. Skate Like a Girl empowers girls of all ages and gives them confidence. How cool is that? Skate Like a Girl is also the most generous organization that I have worked with! They are quick to offer custom workshops in neighborhoods with little access to skateparks, affordable clinics and all the equipment that a girl would need. They are totally inclusive too. My only dream is that they could had more financial support to make sure that no girl/woman/person is ever turned away because there aren't enough teachers!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I rolled into a skatepark because I saw a group of girls doing it! Most were ages 7 to 15! If they can get out there during a contest/jam and take a chance, I can too!

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 13, 2010

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May 13, 2010

I'm a former skater who wanted to get back into the sport, and get my family involved. SLAG had a Mothers' Day clinic for beginners at a local skatepark. The SLAG volunteers ran a great clinic that got my wife riding a ramp her third time on a skateboard, taught my daughter and son some key basics, and helped me to regain a few skills. The teaching was professional, supportive, and great for beginners. I appreciated their inclusiveness; we were one girl, one former girl, and two never-girls, but we all felt welcomed.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

a clinic for beginning skateboarders in Seattle.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 12, 2010

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May 12, 2010

Upon the first contact with Jessie Huangs (the PDX organizer for SLAG), she was brimming with positive energy and a true love for what she does. This organization is so inclusive and welcoming to anyone and everyone that it is truly a wonderful experience to be part of it and you can see that in the girls and women that they serve. Seeing a 5 year-old girl with a sparkly shirt and pigtails skating amidst all ages up to and I'm sure beyond, a 45 year-old woman, was truly empowering, and exciting in a time where girls do not have many positive role models and our culture suffers from a true lack of community. What I like most about this organization is that it does not throw people into categories and has a free-flow feel to it which makes it's effect that much greater as not only are young girls learning to skate and gathering the self-esteem from that, but they are interacting with women of all ages all learning and sharing together. As soemone who has served on many non-profit boards and worked in California group homes, I think the structure and energy and mindset of Skate Like a Girl is extremely powerful and effective at building community, self-esteem and providing positive role models for women.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

observing events, speaking with parents, and attendees of all ages.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the positive energy and encouragement

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very happy to be involved, open and welcoming. Enthusiastic about what they were doing.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Open a SLAG in every city!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 12, 2010

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May 12, 2010

Have tons of fun with Skate Like a Girl meeting new people, and working with them to build a safe and inclusive skateboarding community for girls and women to build confidence and take on leadership roles.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have had many opportunities to grow as a leader and gain experience in creating programs that bring together people of different background.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

create better income generating systems to provide girls and women economic opportunities for them to grow as skateboarders and leaders.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

opportunity to meet new people.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

fun, smart, and caring.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

take over the world! via establishing a training system to share best practices with girls and women interested in starting a Skate Like a Girl chapter (or an organization similar to it).

Ways to make it better...

there was paid staff.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

lack of money to hire staff.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Skate Like a Girl is a life changer!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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