learn / 2016

SK8 4 Education

Idea submitted in the My LA2050 Grants Challenge by The Garage Board Shop

SK8 4 Education is an after school program developed to motivate undeserved youth by combining skateboarding with education.


Please describe your project proposal.

SK8 4 Education is an after school program developed to motivate at-risk youth by combining skateboarding with education. Our mission is to inspire, motivate, and empower the youth through skateboarding and urban arts. We use art activities, art shows, skate competitions, and merchandise as incentives for kids to come after school and do their homework and exchange it for points.

Which of the learn metrics will your proposal impact?​

  • Student education pipeline

In what areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

  • East LA
  • South LA
  • Boyle Heights

Describe in greater detail how your proposal will make LA the best place to learn?

The Garage Board Shop was created with the idea to bring the youth community a safe place where they can express their talents through different vehicles, like dance, music, arts and skateboarding. It was meant to be a safe space where they could be themselves. After some time, many of the younger kids that hang out at our shop started opening up about their situations at school and in their homes. That is why we initiated the program called SK8 4 Education.

SK8 4 Education is an after school program developed to motivate underserved youth by combining skateboarding with education. Our mission is to inspire, motivate, and empower the youth through skateboarding and the arts. We use art activities, art shows, skate competitions, and merchandise as incentives for kids to come after school and do their homework and exchange it for points.

The program combines skating with education by having our members treat skating similar to an academic sport, much like football or track; encouraging kids to apply themselves in their grades as well as in their skating. The program allows the kids to come in after school to receive tutoring and, practice skating in our indoor skate area. To become a member, each scholar needs to bring in their report cards, good or bad, so we can monitor the progress in their classes. When we see an improvement in their grades, we reward them with skate events, sponsorship, product, and wonderful memories. Our main goal with the SK8 4 Education program is to not only to reward each kid with skating supplies so they can continue skating but create and motivate an interest for education in them and to encourage them to pursue education beyond K-12.

Please explain how you will define and measure success for your project.​

We monitor the progress of each member’s report card to document their improvement before and after they initiated in the SK8 4 Education program.

Sk8 4 Educate will provide tutoring after school, to help and motivate our members to achieve a 3.0 or higher GPA.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed?

  • Money
  • Publicity/awareness
  • Technical infrastructure (computers etc.)
  • Community outreach
  • Network/relationship support