SKATEWORKS is a children’s development organisation devoted to the development of indigenous education through skateboarding in Ethiopia & Australia. What is Skateworks “The Balance Stick” ?The Balance Stick is a School holiday program specifically designed to create the outcome of which Elders and Community representatives desire for their Youth. At Skateworks, outcome is everything.Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders have identified that the three prime objectives for Community in Australia are firstly health including mental health, secondly education and thirdly Youth’s diminishing connection with Country.It is primarily the third of these concerns that Skateworks School holiday program concentrates on. Reconnecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Youth with Country through Skateboarding.
“Where our ancestors once walked we pass on our stories with four wheeled language. Stories of our laws, responsibilities, inheritance and our legacy for our future”
Using the Pavement language to tell culture stories and create a path to land, Ceremony, Family, law and language. A pavement board becomes and Earth board through stories. Cultural nourishment in a relevant language, Skateboarding language. Allowing youth to take their culture stories with them wherever they go