SkateQilya is a youth empowerment program that uses skateboarding as a tool to teach art, community building and leadership skills to Palestinian girls and boys in the West Bank. Launched in the summer of 2016 as a three-week summer camp, 11 girls and 11 boys, ages 10-16 from the city of Qalqilya and the neighboring village of Jayyous, came together in the first co-ed athletic program in the Northern West Bank.
SkateQilya was founded by Mohammed Othman, a Palestinian human rights activist, Adam Abel, an American artist and filmmaker, and Kenny Reed, a retired American professional skateboarder. Unified by a vision that sport and art are powerful tools for empowering youth, Mohammed, Adam and Kenny have planted the seeds from which a special community has grown.
Support the 2017 Summer Camp
From August 6-26, SkateQilya will provide 30-35 Palestinian students ages 10-16 with a unique summer experience in the West Bank city of Qalqilya. Five days a week, for three weeks, our students will skateboard, take photographs and video, learn conversational English and social media skills, and engage in outdoor community building activities.
Skateboarding is new and captivating; it is the hook. It is both simple to learn and offers infinite opportunities for improvement. In a city and country where hope is a rare commodity, SkateQilya provides its students the ability to:
- Release their energy and express themselves creatively.
- Feel that they are special and have a sense of place in the world.
- Set goals and see tangible results.
- Create and participate in their own community through mutual respect and understanding.
- Learn to become teachers of their talents in a peer-to-peer learning environment.
- Become ambassadors for Palestine.
Read the full details about SkateQilya, summer camp 2017, the program outline, the team, and our future plans on our generosity page.
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