Providing Education Through Skateboarding

“Skateistan’s not just about skating. It’s about giving people life skills and hope for their future.”

-Tony Hawk
Pro Skateboarder and Skateistan Ambassador

SkateistanSkateistan is a Non-Profit Organization that advocates social and gender equality towards girls and young children. Started in 2007 by Australian, Oliver Percovich, they advance opportunities for education, skateboarding, youth leadership, and cultural exchanges.

Their mission?
“We use skateboarding as a tool for empowering youth to create new opportunities and the potential for change.”

What’s even more amazing is that over 40% of students are girls and over 50% are street working children. They provide access to education, develop leadership opportunities, and build friendship, trust, and social capital. From Phnom Penh to Mazar-E-Sharif, these opportunities created by the Skateistan team have provided young children to experience skateboarding firsthand.


“I always like to go high on the ramps. When I’m up there I feel free, like I’m flying. I like that feeling a lot.”

-Hanifa, 14, Afghan Skater

Skateistan x Impossible Photography Project

Not only does Skateistan provide educational resources, but they currently have a photojournalism project. Film and cameras were given to the different sites from Impossible HQ. Since the beginning of 2014, this project has allowed kids all over the world to instantly capture the essence of joy and show us a brief look into their distinctive lives.

According to, “Upon completion of this project, Skateistan and Impossible Project HQ will be teaming up to produce a Skateistan x Impossible film. A portion of the proceeds from each film package will benefit Skateistan’s programs internationally.”

On Saturday, April 26, in the Sydney Opera House, Oliver Percovich gave a Ted Talk about the incredible effect the project has in local communities, particularly for girls.

To watch the full Ted Talk by Oliver Percovich, visit:

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-Sarah Mae Martin

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Sarah Mae

Sarah is currently a contributing writer for the Current Events column. She attends Ayala High School in Southern California. As a yearbook member, Sarah loves writing, photography, fashion, and graphic design. She is involved in volunteering at the local hospital and library as well as FBLA, Polynesian Club and Key Club. Follow her on Instagram! @sarahmae_martin

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