Skateboarding in Jamaica

Skateboarding in Jamaica

Impact

200
children impacted through Edu-Skate

32%
female participation accross programmes

3450+
skateboards loaned

29
total attendance last month for the Homework programme

250+
weekly skatepark users

5
permanent staff

Jamaica map skatepark

The Story

Jamaica, and especially its capital, is one of the most vibrant but also violent places on earth. In fact, while boasting impressive music, arts and sport cultures, it also has one of the highest national homicide rates in the world. Providing Jamaican at-risk youth with a positive, constructive and healthy outlet to avoid getting tangled in such criminality and violence thus lies at the heart of this project.

Located just outside the Jamaican capital in 8 Mile Bull Bay, the 1300 sqm Freedom Skatepark was built over the course of 7 weeks in early 2020 by some 40 international and local volunteers. The build saw the first implementation of CJF’s paid apprenticeship programme, which allowed 6 local skaters to shadow professional builders over the construction period while earning a living wage.

The Edu-Skate programme was implemented at the Freedom Skatepark following the Covid-19 restrictions in August 2020 and continues to operate with the aid of international volunteers and local staff.

The Skatepark

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Follow our impact through our monthly and seasonal reports.

News from Jamaica

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Sep 26, 2020 · 6 min read

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The Freedom Skatepark: Covid-19, Communities, and Concrete Turtles


Much will be written about the fundamental global changes ushered in by the emergence of COVID-19. Overnight this international health emergency forcefully inserted itself into the everyday, ironically serving as a reminder of the interconnected delicateness of human existence ...

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Sep 18, 2020 · 4 min read

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A space and time: Local Planting Seeds Apprentice Kayla Wheeler on building Kingston's first skatepark


I was nervous, battling second thoughts of even going. What if I dislike the work? What if I can’t do what’s required? Life can be beautiful even if you don't feel completely comfortable, I tell myself ...

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Sep 27, 2019 · 4 min read

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Building Kingston’s First Skatepark


In February 2020 a group of 25 international volunteers will link up with Jamaican skateboarders to build Kingston’s very first skatepark, as well as a community centre attached to it...

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Sep 18, 2020 · 4 min read

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A space and time: Local Planting Seeds Apprentice Kayla Wheeler on building Kingston's first skatepark


I was nervous, battling second thoughts of even going. What if I dislike the work? What if I can’t do what’s required? Life can be beautiful even if you don't feel completely comfortable, I tell myself ...

Read more
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Sep 27, 2019 · 4 min read

CJF Blog Preview

Building Kingston’s First Skatepark


In February 2020 a group of 25 international volunteers will link up with Jamaican skateboarders to build Kingston’s very first skatepark, as well as a community centre attached to it...

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Check out our Jamaica IG channel for daily news from the local team.

Current local staff

Meet the homies behind the scene and the international volunteers presently here.
This local team handles the day to day activities at the skatepark.

Jamaica Staff Tabetha Phillips

Project
Manager

Tabetha Phillips

Jamaica Staff Blake Burnett

Skatepark
Manager

Blake Burnett

Jamaica Staff Jeff Crossley

Skatepark &
Media Manager

Jeff Crossly

Jamaica Staff Ivah Wilmot

Edu-skate
Head Teacher

Ivah Wilmot

Jamaica Staff Kayla Wheeler

Edu-skate
Head Teacher

Kayla Wheeler

Jamaica Staff Daniel Mattis

Edu-skate
Assistant Teacher

Daniel Mattis

Jamaica Staff Joshua Mattis

Edu-skate
Assistant Teacher

Joshua Mattis

Jamaica Staff Sanjay Grant

Edu-skate
Assistant Teacher

Sanjay Grant

Jamaican skateboarder at Freedom Skatepark
Jamaican skateboarder at Freedom Skatepark

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Project partners

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Project partners

Join CJFamily now

Concrete Jungle Family is our global community of supporters, skateboarders, students and parents that share our mission to empower children through skateboarding, youth programmes and community development.

With the support of the Family, we have over the past three years been able to...

  • Build 3 free-of-charge, public skateparks in at-risk communities in Peru, Angola and Jamaica
  • Directly impact 365 children through 223 classes as part of the Edu Skate programme
  • Provide 9 paid apprenticeships to youth in need as part of the Planting Seeds programme
  • Achieve a 36% female particpation rate across our programmes
  • Employ 16 local adolescents and young adults across our project locations

By donating 5€ or more a month you can join the Concrete Jungle Family, help us support the hundreds of youth we work with around the world, as well as help us build more skateparks for communities in need.

All Family Members also get -25% off everything in our online shop!

Thank you for helping us spread the positive seeds of skateboarding.

Referral programme
Group picture of Jamaican skateboarders

Join CJFamily now

Concrete Jungle Family is our global community of supporters, skateboarders, students and parents that share our mission to empower children through skateboarding, youth programmes and community development.

With the support of the Family, we have over the past three years been able to...

  • Build 3 free-of-charge, public skateparks in at-risk communities in Peru, Angola and Jamaica
  • Directly impact 365 children through 223 classes as part of the Edu Skate programme
  • Provide 9 paid apprenticeships to youth in need as part of the Planting Seeds programme
  • Achieve a 36% female particpation rate across our programmes
  • Employ 16 local adolescents and young adults across our project locations

By donating 5€ or more a month you can join the Concrete Jungle Family, help us support the hundreds of youth we work with around the world, as well as help us build more skateparks for communities in need.

All Family Members also get -25% off everything in our online shop!

Thank you for helping us spread the positive seeds of skateboarding.

Referral programme
Group picture of Jamaican skateboarders