Goal of the project

A safe skate-haven for children in Jordan.

7Hills is an organization based in Amman, Jordan, which empowers local youth through skateboarding and education. Jordan hosts a multitude of refugees from neighboring countries. Today, there are 57 nationalities present in Jordan.

Although more than 70% of the population in Amman is younger than 30, there is an immense lack of public spaces and free recreational outlets available for the youth in the city of Amman. Safe spaces that are also child-friendly are almost entirely inaccessible to refugees and those living in economically disadvantaged circumstances.

7Hills began its operations in Jordan back in 2014 with the build of a public skatepark and in 2016 launched regular programs to teach children skateboarding. Today, with the support of THE SKATEROOM, 7Hills is able to offer artistic, educational and vocational workshops as part of its Al Raseef “makerspace” for children of all ages, ethnicities and genders. Just under 50% of the young people they work with identify as female.

“​​Al Raseef means ‘Sidewalk’ in Arabic and is located right in front of the entrance of the 7Hills skatepark. The creative hub fosters experimentation with “making” and “creating” in ways that connect “the public space” with “the private space” in an open and constant discussion.” – 7Hills