Alchemy Is Real
We are a small non-profit based out of Tacoma, WA with over 5 years of experience creating unique opportunities for youth to learn and grow through skateboarding!
We are constantly inspired and humbled by the passion that skateboarders share world wide. We have made it our goal to support them on their journey and provide a framework and structure for them to improve the quality of their own lives, and the lives of everyone in our communities.
Our indoor skatepark and skate shop is one-of-a kind and has been a hub for 1000's of skaters and youth to meet, collaborate, skate, have fun, and access resources to help them achieve academic, personal, and professional success. Utilizing nationally recognized youth quality program standards, Alchemy uses skateboarding, art, and advocacy to engage with elementary through high school aged youth with something tangible, fun and that they are deeply passionate about.
We need to raise money to sustain our work and make sure that this community space can continue to exist and serve our community. The overhead associated with running an indoor skate park is extremely high, and currently all of our programs and offerings are run by less than 2 full time staff members. While we are dedicated to our cause, we know that without proper funding, it will eventually become impossible to continue our work.
We are raising $35,000 on Go Fund Me, as well as working with local businesses to support us with an additional $15,000 to hit our total goal of $50,000. This goal will allow us the capacity to solidify our work and make sure that we can be here to serve the community for years to come!
40% of funds raised will go directly to aiding our current programs, 30% of funds will go to supporting our retail skate shop program, and the remaining 30% of funds will be used to help with overhead related to staff wages and taxes. We truly believe Alchemy is something rare, something special, and something that contributes in so many ways to our community, with your help, we can sustain that magic.
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The following are stories from participants who qualified for our Park Scholarship Pass and what it meant to them to have a free, safe, place to skate. This year alone Alchemy has provided over $15K in park access to those who can’t afford it. Please consider sharing your stories with us in the comments section of our Go Fund Me: www.gofundme.com/alchemy-is-real/
Please Share this with your friends so we can hit our goal and continue to be the only indoor skate facility in Pierce County, and the only Alchemy in the world!
“I'm living in a homeless shelter with my sister and brother following my mother's murder earlier this year and skating's the only thing I've felt passionate about since, or ever really. I'm learning, and I wanna do it right. Alchemy is a community that I can’t find anywhere else; and I don’t have to skate in the rain.” 15-year-old (on food stamps and qualify for free or reduced priced lunch and other public assistance)
“This is important to me because I love skating and I haven’t been in an inside place to safely skate without putting myself into a situation I should not be in. Skating here is important to me because it has given me a safe space to skate and do work and be with people that are positive for my future.” -17-year-old (qualifies for free or reduced-price lunch and on food stamps)
“This will offer my daughter a chance to learn to skate in a safe, positive environment, particularly for girls. She is excited to learn and is athletic but is intimidated by boy-centered spaces. It could help make it more affordable and manageable since we will need to find another gap care for the afternoon. Currently I am a full-time student, we receive some modest support for food stamps and medical care, so this cost is quite expensive for our family.” – Mother of an 8-year-old (on food stamps and other public assistance)
“This is important to me because it gives me a sense of hope to be successful. I would like to thank Alchemy for all the support of the skateboard community to get a dropout like me, giving me another chance to earn back my education while I’m doing the things I love. I came from a very low-income family and no one in my family ever attended a university. I would like to be the first to step into a university one day and to give back to those who supported me on the way. Thank you to the only organization in my town that hosts a safe indoor skate park. I was so broke I couldn’t even afford to pay the session fee until one of the staff let me know about this scholarship. Learning about Alchemy created a change, a very positive way for how I look at the skateboard community now. Back then, we were all wild and apart... Now we have Alchemy, whom is bringing us together like we should be. Take care of one another. Which has affected me the most.” 20-year-old (on food stamps and unemployed or between jobs)
“Alchemy Skateboarding taught me that accepting youth, skateboarding is more than allowing a pastime. It is allowing culture to flourish. It gave me the idea to design cities to promote the free flow of skateboards, rather than hinder them; to put kids front and center when designing public spaces as they will inherit and occupy these spaces long after we are gone.
Design inclusiveness in the landscape architecture and urban settings and more youth will be engaged in our cities and towns.” - John Richards
Another program we are really excited about is our Mentoring, Educating, Transforming, And Leading through Skateboarding or METALS program. The METALS program is a community-based recidivism/prevention program for court-involved youth in Pierce County. We use skateboarding as a tool to help youth transition out of the Juvenile Court system and build a network of positive supporters, mentors, and friends. When you support Alchemy you, also, support METALS!
If you're local, here is another fun way to support the cause thanks to the master roasters of Manifesto Coffee, proceeds from every bag of Rise and Grind sold go to supporting this fundraiser!
Tacoma's small business community constantly amazes us! Huge thanks to the Manifesto Coffee crew, and Jack Saffle for making this happen and making a great mini edit in one day! Sit back, sip some bean water, and enjoy this rad promo and share it with a coffee lover in your life! #alchemyisreal