An after-school program started in 2009 that teaches students how to build their own skateboards from scratch without using power tools. The program teaches youth life skills such as time management, project planning, and teamwork. Youth leave the program with a completed board they can skate and high school credit. Approximately 87% of youth in the program complete their boards, 94% of youth felt they had a better understanding of how to manage their time and the steps required to complete a project, 97% of youth felt they were better at working with others, 77% were more excited about going to school on the days the program operated, and 58% felt more connected to their school as a result of the program.
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