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!
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.
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.
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.