Since 2009 Skateistan has provided alternative employment to 28 Afghan youths, mostly streetworking, who have progressed from being students to teachers in the skatepark and classrooms.
Over 30 more girls and boys between the ages of 12-21 have volunteered with Skateistan as Youth Leaders, assisting in skate sessions or class lessons, helping to plan and manage events, and taking part in special sports, arts, and multimedia workshops.
The average age of our Afghan staff is 25 years old. The average age of our Afghan teaching team is 17.5 years old.
With 68% of Afghanistan’s population under the age of 25, and 50% under the age of 16, providing opportunities for youth of all backgrounds in education, skills-building, empowerment and leadership is essential.
For young Afghan women especially, Skateistan is one of the only recreational facilities in Kabul that provides the safety and privacy required for them to have permission from their families to participate. Female teachers, free transport, and a female-friendly work environment allow Afghan girls to develop their professional experience, build confidence, and learn the necessary skills to become much-needed female role models within their communities.