Skateboarding in Jamaica

Skateboarding in Jamaica

Impact

206
children impacted through Edu-Skate

32%
female participation accross programmes

3700+
skateboards loaned

92
total attendance in November for the Homework programme

9
total attendance last month for the Enrichment Activities

250+
weekly skatepark users

6
permanent staff

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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May 31, 2022 · 6 min read

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Resonating with the Youth of Jamaica



After a year and a half of COVID-19 reality, four months of planning, two planes and one night spent in Toronto airport, my dream filled with anxiety-induced anticipation has come true. A frosty aluminium box has successfully transported me from a gloomy temperate London into a tropical dreamland.

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May 28, 2021 · 4 min read

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Interview with the Energetic Nomads from Jamaica



A year after they started skateboarding, we caught up with the Energetic Nomads, the first group of graduates from the Edu-Skate Programme at the Freedom Skatepark. They have grown into a close-knit group that spends most of their days together. Get to know the group better through the following group interview.

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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 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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Current local staff

Meet the homies behind the scene.
This local team handles the day to day activities at the skatepark.

Jamaica Staff Blake Burnett

Project
Manager

Blake Burnett

Jamaica Staff Nicholas Balla

Skatepark
Manager

Nicholas Balla

Jamaica Staff Icah Wilmot

Homework
Teacher

Icah Wilmot

Jamaica Staff Janice Wilmot

Homework
Teacher

Janice Wilmot

Jamaica Staff Rayquon Abrahams

Edu-skate
Head Teacher

Rayquon Abrahams

Jamaica Staff Shaqueal Grant

Edu-skate
Assistant Teacher

Shaqueal Grant

Jamaica Staff Gawayne Douse

Edu-skate
Assistant Teacher

Gawayne Douse

Jamaica Davion James

Music Programme
Teacher

Davion James

Jamaica Staff Rica G.

Computer Programming
Teacher

Rica G.

Jamaican skateboarder at Freedom Skatepark
Jamaican skateboarder at Freedom Skatepark

Volunteering opportunity

Our ongoing activities in Jamaica rely on the dedication and support of both local skaters as well as international volunteers. Keen to get involved on the ground?

Minimum time commitment: 1 month

Skatepark Volunteer


Minimum time commitment: 1 month

Have you experienced the positive influence skateboarding can have on your personal development and the development of a community? Are you excited to support a rising skateboard community and spread the love and benefits of skateboarding with the youths that can benefit from it the most? Come volunteer at one of our projects and experience first-hand the powerful impact our skateparks have in developing countries. You can compose your own volunteering experience based on your passions and the fields our projects need support in. Take a look at our volunteering packs for more information and fill out an application form if you're ready to take the next step!

Learn more about this role through the Jamaica Volunteer Pack.

Apply now

Project partners

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Project supporters

Logo Help Jamaica

Project partners