By Paula Osorio
P. Osorio, is a skate culture lover and a full-time writer for SHIT®️ Magazine.
To spread love and care should be a must for everyone, but sometimes privilege blinds us to the reality that surrounds us every day and we end up forgetting about the needs that some have. The Skate for Change squad realized that it’s time for us to stop that, get up, and embrace the others as our own family. They started a global movement that empowers skateboarders to roll the streets of their towns and look for people in need to hand them items like socks, toothbrushes, hygiene kits, food, water, and other things they might appreciate. So, let’s find out what is this all about.
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About The Initiative
Skate for Change is an organization that thinks that everyone has value, no matter what mistakes or choices people have done, we all deserve a second chance in life and these guys are proud to be “speaking for the silent and standing for the broken”.
They’re present in more than eleven countries counting Canada, Germany, the UK, New Zealand, Netherlands, several states from the USA, Kenia, and others. They want to remind us that leadership is action and not only tons of followers on social media or the way we look on the outside because what really matters is the help that we can bring to those that don’t have the same opportunities that we have. And, they also want us to keep in mind that assist others doesn’t imply necessarily spending a lot of resources or too many hours on community service because we can do it while we share our passion for skateboarding.
How Can We Help
There are different options that we can pick to contribute to this cause. One of them is to join the team and impact directly to our streets: Due to the sanitary contingency, they recommend us to assemble virus defense kits with items like sanitizing wipes, hand sanitizer, gloves, face masks, food, water, and other things that we think are needed –such as soap, deodorant, toothbrushes and toothpaste, etc–; put these things in a labeled bag, grab our skateboards, longboards or bikes and travel across our cities looking for places where we usually find people experiencing homelessness. We can leave the kits in those places so the folks in need can locate them and use them.
The other option to help with the cause is by donating through PayPal. If you choose this option you’ll be supporting the communities to share around education, common stories, and experiences across subcultures that involve skateboarding, music, and art, among others; and, at the same time, you’ll be helping the Young Leaders to extend the good vibes all over the places.
Photo: Matteo Paganelli (Unsplash)
We urge you to keep an eye on this movement and get involved in this beautiful project to empower younger generations to move forward towards a brighter future.
This is a program from Rabble Mill along with The Bay (a place where youngsters and misfits can hang out and dream big - https://www.thebay.org) and Hear Nebraska (a community gathered around sharing their love for music, art, and culture that takes place within its state - https://hearnebraska.org). If you want to reach them, you can find all the information that you need on their website https://skateforchange.org, follow them on their Instagram account (@skateforchange) or contact its founder Mike Smith (@mikesmithlive).
Shout out for the good ones!
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