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Skate Like a Girl is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit. EIN: 26-250055
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Skate Like a Girl is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit. EIN: 26-2500555
Why "Skate Like a Girl"?
Skate Like a Girl is a girl-centric organization that believes that skateboarding is for everyone. The name Skate Like a Girl pre-dates the #likeagirl campaign. For a long time anything "like a girl" was meant to be a negative connotation, and we wanted to change that around. Skate Like a Girl is meant to be inclusive of all ages, abilities, and genders.
Why do you ask people what their pronouns are?
At Skate Like a Girl, we are committed to creating spaces where youth of all genders feel welcome. Every day we skate with little boys with long hair, girls who hate pink, and many more kiddos in between and beyond. In order to not misgender our youth, we ask youth to share their pronouns with the group. If they don't wish to share their pronouns, and opt to use their name instead, that's totally cool.
Why do you call your skate clinics “Women and Trans” Sessions?
At Skate Like a Girl we are committed to centering identities who have long been excluded or unwelcome in skateboarding spaces. One way we do this is through our Women & Trans Sessions. We picked this title through a thoughtful months-long effort where staff, volunteers, and program participants from all 3 chapter cities provided input and contributed to multiple discussions. Our community decided this would be the best title to intentionally call in women and trans people, acknowledging that:
What's up with your "GRRLS" or "Women & Trans" programming? Who IS allowed to come?
As an organization, Skate Like a Girl is committed to being a welcoming and safer space for all, and invites girls (cisgender or trans), trans, and gender non-conforming youth to join us for GRRLS* WEEK skate camps, Women&Trans Sessions, and other programs not listed as "all gender". Cisgender (non-trans) males can participate during all other programs not specifically designated for women and trans skaters, including most skate camps, Youth Employment Skateboarding, and many of our after-school enrichment courses.
Are your programs for girls only?
We host a variety of programs, with most being inclusive of all genders. We do have a few programs which seek to serve specifically non-male identified participants, such as Women & Trans Sessions.
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
We currently have chapters in Seattle, Portland, and the San Francisco Bay Area / Oakland. We are headquartered in Seattle.
We accept general mail at:
Attn: Skate Like a Girl
305 Harrison St
Seattle, WA 98109
How do I get involved?
One of the best ways to get involved is to attend an event or program first and meet the staff and volunteer team to find out more. Once you have decided you are interested in volunteering:
Adults 18+ in SEA, PDX, SF BAY: Please fill out our volunteer application!
TEENS in Seattle: Please fill out our YES (Youth Employment Skateboarding) Program application
How do I get a Skate Like a Girl program started at my local community center or my child's school?
What are your typical PROGRAM rates?
Our general program rates are $10-20/hour/participant.
Do you do private lessons?
SEA: We direct all private lessons to All Together Skatepark. However, if you are interested in working with a particular Skate Like a Girl coach, please email us at email@example.com.
PDX: Please Inquire.
SF: We direct private lessons to Rob Skate Academy (East Bay) and Ladies Shred (Marin County). However, if you are interested in working with a particular Skate Like a Girl coach, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you do birthday parties?
Do you do aggressive roller blading, longboarding, quad skating, roller skating, or swivel board classes?
Sorry, we only run skateboard programs. Occasionally in the SF Bay Area, we partner with Bay Area Roller Derby to offer a joint quad and skateboarding clinic/session.
Will you donate to our silent auction?
All requests for auction, raffle, or similar donations should be made at least 6 weeks in advance from the event. Please include organization information, tax ID number, and include any forms that need to be filled out. Due to capacity restrictions, we can only accept donation requests for the Seattle Chapter service area, and specifically seek to donate to existing program partners with Skate Like a Girl.
When will you start a chapter in _____ city?
Right now, we are focused on making our current chapters sustainable. However, if you are determined to start your own chapter, here's what you need:
Do you sponsor skateboarders?
Where CAN I find your waiver?
What is your return/refund policy?
WHERE CAN I FIND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON AT HOME SKATE CAMP?
Do you supply gear for your programs?
SEA: Yes! Loaner gear is available at all programs. Having your own helmet is extremely helpful to ensure proper fit, bike helmets work great!
PDX: Yes! Limited gear is available.
SF BAY: Yes! Limited gear is available.
Do you provide scholarships or financial assistance?
Yes! Skate Like a Girl is committed to providing access to skateboarding for all people in our community. Skate Like a Girl welcomes people of all ages, races, ethnicity, religions, abilities, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Click here for Financial Assistance.
For a PDF version of our Financial Assistance Application, Click here.
What type of skateboard is right for me or my child?
Mass-produced skateboards from department stores will make it harder for your child to roll, gain speed, and turn, and are very dangerous. Although they seem like a good deal, these boards will make skating difficult for your child to progress safely. Further, they add to the risk of falls, due to an inability to properly steer or roll. We HIGHLY recommend investing in a higher quality board, or borrowing one of our professional quality rental boards. If you are unable to provide a quality board for your child, we can provide rental boards your child can use during a program. Likewise, proper pads are very important. Good sets will cover the elbows and knees completely, and have large plastic plates to allow sliding on concrete without skin contact. The straps should fit snuggly around knees and elbows, without easily falling off or constricting movement. Helmets should fit snuggly on the head, without causing headache (too tight) or flopping around (too loose).
Where can I buy a quality skateboard and gear for my child?
Why is there a coupon code when I check out?
STILL HAVE QUESTIONS? CONTACT US:
For General Inquiries
(ie. not specific to a chapter, including media, partnership, marketing opportunities):
P: 888-401-0195 ext 701
Attn: Skate Like a Girl
305 Harrison St.
Seattle WA 98109
P: 888-401-0195 ext 704
Attn: Skate Like a Girl
11155 NE Halsey
Portland OR 97220
SF Bay Area Chapter
P: 888-401-0195 ext 3