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Empowering at-risk youth through education and skateboarding

Skateistan x Nara

With Yoshitomo NARA

Skateistan is an international award-winning NGO based in Berlin, Germany. The organization was created in 2009 when its founder, Oliver Percovich, traveled to Afghanistan with three skateboards. Noticing an obvious lack of opportunities within a disfavored Afghan youth, Percovich began using skateboarding as a means to engage them and build a spirit of community. Skateistan built its first skate school a few months later, using skateboarding and education as a catalyst to drive positive social change. These two elements became the core of Skateistan’s mission to empower children living in underprivileged circumstances.

Further to its cause, the organization developed and implemented 4 educational programs designed to build skills and confidence within children. Conceived as a cycle, the older students eventually become role models to the younger ones, ensuring long term positive change within the community and a brighter future for themselves.

Skateistan currently runs skate schools in Afghanistan, Cambodia, South Africa, and betters the lives of over 2500 children – 51% of these children are girls.

Through our collaborations with Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara, we aim to raise $50,000 to fund the construction of Skateistan’s Skate School in Bamyan, Afghanistan.

Skate School
Bamyan, Afghanistan
Artist Collaboration
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Our Partner
LACMA museum art contemporaru The Skateroom
“We are thrilled to team up with NARA and the LACMA to raise a grant for social impact” The Skateroom
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