Inspired by skateboarding’s passion-filled culture, Concrete Jungle Foundation was born in 2016 as a non-profit organisation whose mission is to provide access to free and safe skateboarding parks to youth from impoverished communities. Basically we want to spread the same positivity and excitement we feel for the sport to where it is most needed.
Our very first project was based in the city of Trujillo, Peru where our dedicated crew of international volunteers worked together with local communities to build a 150m2 skatepark for a large school in one of the city’s poorer districts. The skatepark programme is now handled by a local non-profit, SKIP - Supporting Kids In Peru, who run daily skate classes for the school’s students.
We are excited to announce that our next project will be developed in the city of Luanda, the capital of Angola in sub-saharan Africa. We will be working together in partnership with the Angola Skateboarding Union (ASU) and New Line Skateparks, who have been granted permission to build the new park within a local youth centre. This project will aim to provide the growing skate community in Luanda with its very first professional skatepark, but just as importantly an accessible and safe space for the disadvantaged youth of the city to practice the sport.
Together, we will plant the positive seeds of skateboarding.
Skateboarding to me is nothing but love, life and laughter and it is a pleasure to spread these positive energies through CJF projects far and wide across the globe.
“The world is happier with skateboarding”
For over 14 years, skateboarding has influenced my daily life. Along the way, I’ve noticed that the same values are shared amongst all skate communities across the world. Anyone who picks up and rides a board will benefit in the same way.
“Helping planting the seeds of skateboarding and witnessing its positive effects within communities around the world - it’s what CJF is about.”
There are so many positive values naturally inherent to skateboarding that I value greatly myself, that have influenced me in a positive way and that I believe can contribute to anybody’s development in a positive way. During my studies and by working on different projects around the world, I’ve been exploring how to transfer the positive personal and interpersonal life-skills you can learn in skateboarding. In this way I hope to contribute in a positive way to the world!
Manager of Business Development and Community Outreach
Skateboarding is a global family that fosters personal growth, communal well-being and cross-cultural understanding. My role at CJF is to get that message across, and by doing so, to ensure that we can help spread this love and positivity for years to come.