TURTLE ISLAND SKATEBOARD PROJECT
supporting youth wellness through skateboarding
Federal and local governments consistently fail at providing sustainable mental health support to our most vulnerable youth. It is no surprise that mental health has turned into a full blown crisis at this time. Due to the impact of Covid on top of a climate crisis that has already drastically impacted so many of our Indigenous communities, youth and teens are struggling more than ever with their mental health.
Turtle Island Skateboard Project is rooted in whole wellness and was created because skateboarding is an accessible activity for just about everyone. We remind youth and teens to reclaim public spaces and just feel good on a day to day basis. Skateboarding promotes mental and physical wellness, decreases anxiety and increases skill building habits that can support youth through challenging times and help them to achieve and sustain long term goals. Skateboard culture organically builds a collective purpose, does not discriminate socioeconomically, promotes diversity and skate crews have proven to be a safe space for vulnerable youth.
As we continue learn about the spaces of our youth communities who are marginalized, living under the threat of systemic injustice, and food/clean water insecurity, TISP aims to give our most vulnerable youth and teens some of their power back. By collaborating with kids and teens to create change on their own; we hope to support our young folx in leading a sustainable community from the ground up.
USC study on skateboarding finds significant benefits ranging from mental health to social skills. ... A first-of-its-kind study of skateboarding culture found that skateboarding improves mental health, fosters community and encourages diversity and resilience USC,.Feb 27, 2020
Skateclerb will begin regular meet-ups this summer. Full schedule with dates, times and locations TBA. Need a skateboard? Wanna join us as a skate mentor? Please email Sky @ Skyler@turtleislandskateboardproject.org
This month, we are building skateboards with Friendship House youth in partnership with Seeding Sovereignty/ Medicine Wheels. FTC Skateboards will be there with a live demo! Friendship House is the oldest social service organization in the United States run by and for American Indians.
Holiday Drive through Christmas. We are taking lightly used boards, trucks and wheels!
Your contributions go towards shipping, skateboard building events, skateboards and parts.
We accept lightly used skateboards. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We are looking for hands to help build and box up skateboards. Sign up! email@example.com
Send us your skate video and you'll be eligible to receive a brand new VX1000 Camera.
Send video submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in receiving skateboards for your youth organization give us a shout! Please send all inquiries to email@example.com