Skate Like a Girl (SLAG), a grassroots organization whose mission is “to empower girls and women through the vehicle of skateboard-related programs,” is reaching out to the Green Lake neighborhood, home of the Lower Woodland Skatepark.
“We are trying to mobilize communities to take ownership of their skateparks,” SLAG Board Chair Nancy Chang says.
SLAG is helping put together a neighborhood steering committee to advocate and advise on skateboard program needs. The group is applying for funding from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Large Projects Fund, which provides awards up to $100,000 to support community members in building community relationships around a project. SLAG would use the funding to provide citywide skateboarding programs, Sept. 2011 – 2012.
“We are also encouraging neighborhood groups to apply for funding through the Small and Simple Projects Fund to run skateboarding programs for July – Sept. 2011,” Nancy says. “The deadline to apply for this is in May. Skate Like a Girl will help committees go through the process, but the success of these programs must be generated from the residents of the neighborhood which the skateparks belong in.”
Nancy shared the following information about the roles and commitments that interested Green Lake community members could take on:
Neighborhood Leads: 1-2 people that can help from beginning to end (initial grant process to end of project dollars). This would resemble a project manager – working with neighbors of all ages, recruiting youth input, taking ideas and planning summer programs, coordinating with the Seattle skateboard community to help implement program plan. Ideally the Neighborhood Lead would work on the Small and Simple grant, AND Large Project Proposal.
Neighborhood Advocates: As many people that are interested to give feedback, or take on small tasks. Time commitment is up to the individuals.
Interested? Contact Nancy Chang at seattle [at] skatelikeagirl.com, preferably by March 1, 2011.