Boards for Bros NJ Skateboard Build
This Summer, we are conducting skateboarding camps and enabling local youth groups to encorporate skateboarding into their ongoing programming. Your contribution is essential and will help us buy the materials we need to make sure every child we work with has a high quality skateboard to use as they learn new tricks and the life lessons skateboarding teaches.
Boards for Bros focuses on at-risk youth, but our project engages the entire community. We have donation centers at various locations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, including NJ Skate Shop, Prime Skate Shop, and Reign Skate. Skateboarders who come to these locations are encouraged to donate new or gently used skateboard parts. Fundraising helps us fill in the gaps by purchasing the missing parts we need to make complete skateboards. These items are sold to us at or below cost through our industry supporters.
Once we've gathered all the necessary materials, we schedule a community build day. These events bring local skaters of all ages and backgrounds together to assemble the boards we will distribute to the kids in Trenton.
Finally, we hold a distribution event where we distribute the skateboards we've collected and then spend time skating with the kids who received boards to help them learn the basics they'll need to enjoy their new skateboard.
Giving a young person a skateboard invites them to join to a creative, supportive community that encourages acceptance of everyone, regardless of race, socioeconomic status, gender, or sexual orientation. It also gives them an opportunity to learn how to see the world differently, to work through pain and frustration to achieve their goals, and to become confident in their ability to succeed.
Your contribution makes all of this possible, and we thank you in advance for supporting skateboarding in the Trenton community.
ALL fundthrough this campaign will be used as follows:
- purchase the trucks, wheels and bearings we need to refurbish and assemble complete skateboards ($20 per skateboard)
- purchase helmets to take with us to our community distribution events and distribute to the new skateboarders.
- purchase portable skate obstacles (at below cost) for our various outreach sites for skate lessons.