What is Skateworks Indigenous Projects

Archimedes said " Give me a lever long enough and I can change the world" 


By the end of 2016, Skateworks Ethiopia has Trade educated and returned 2631 Ethiopian marginalised Street Youth from the streets of Urban Ethiopia. These youth were in ever-present danger of violence from street gangs, drugs, sexual predators and wild Hyenas. Skateworks Ethiopia is now raising much-needed funds to move the school from an outreach model to a permanent school site. Skateworks unique combination of trade education utilises the hook of skateboarding and lessons of falling down as a learning tool so as to create a balance in life within a time bound period of a 6-week program. In Ethiopia, losing, failing, insurmountable odds stacked against you are all deemed as a negative of a failure in life. Skateboarding and the constantly outstretched hand towards setting ever higher goals, failure is but a learning tool. The undeniable wow factor with Skateworks is that your trade teacher is your skate teacher. This effectively doubles the student to teacher time ratio and the message of balance and benchmark setting is an integrated message across the entire program. Skateworks is incredibly excited to announce Skateworks Turtle Island. Skateworks Turtle Island is an alliance between Skateworks and The Association for Tribal Heritage (TATH) USA. At present Skateworks and TATH are designing and implementing a comprehensive impact study on The Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe Native American Reservation and developing programs to facilitate change for Native American youth of whom are some of the most negatively impacted indigenous youth in the world today. As a member of our indigenous global family join us on our journey so we can continue to make a long lever and change the world.


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We acknowledge that the lands we speak of today is the traditional lands for the First peoples in Australia, Turtle Island USA & Ethiopia. We respect their spiritual relationship with Country. We also acknowledge the First peoples of Australia and Turtle Island  as the traditional custodians of the land currently known as Australia and America and their cultural & heritage beliefs. In keeping with the spirit of Reconciliation, we acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the lands & recognise that these have always been places of teaching & learning. We wish to pay respect to their Elders — past, present & emerging.


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