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.