Skateistan Cambodia began operations in March 2011, building the country's first skatepark in Phnom Penh. Since then the NGO has been teaching skateboarding and creative arts classes with marginalized and streetworking Khmer youth six days a week.
Skateboarding is a low-barrier, accessible activity that attracts girls and boys of all backgrounds and abilities. The interest from Cambodia's youth has grown so much since March 2011 that Skateistan Cambodia is now building its own facility to accommodate more than the 150 youth we currently work with weekly.
By building a safe and covered Skateistan facility in Phnom Pehn, Skateistan will provide year-round opportunities for youth to engage in recreational activities that encourages girls and boys of all backgrounds to build relationships with one another, while increasing their self-confidence and leadership skills. The facility will also have classroom spaces providing creative arts and multimedia activities for the students.
Partnering with local, best-practice NGOs in Cambodia, such as Pour un Sourire d'Enfant (PSE), Friends Intl., and Tiny Toones, Skateistan Cambodia also aims to use skateboarding as a tool to create a bridge between at-risk youth and the quality support services already existing in Phnom Penh.
Help us grow this grassroots project and create a safe space for all Cambodian youth to be a part of!