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Among Arizona’s K-12 students, roughly 214,000 are alone and unsupervised after school. After-school programs like Skate After School keep kids safe, boost student success, and help parents keep their jobs.

Skate After School is a Phoenix-based nonprofit partnering with schools to provide skateboarding instruction to underserved youth.

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Our story

Skate After School began as a small community project in 2012. We have since grown into a nonprofit organization providing weekly after-school programming to over 240 underserved children across eight schools.

With donations, Skate After School is able to supply each student with the equipment and protective gear necessary to participate. Our team of trained volunteers leads instruction and ensures that fun and safety are top priorities.

Skate After School also awards annual summer camp scholarships to select students. The recipients join peers from all over the world at Woodward West in California for an exciting week of skateboarding and mentorship.

Additionally, SAS participates in community outreach events at Phoenix-area homeless shelters and refugee centers throughout the year. We donate refurbished skateboards to individuals in need, providing them with a crucial tool for mobility.

Our impact

For parents and schools, Skate After School is a safe place for kids to be and grow. Students learn generosity, respect, innovation, and persistence (GRIP) as they master kick turns and ollies. These values help kids succeed in both skateboarding and life.

  • We get kids moving

    We get kids moving

    47% of our students do not play any other sports.

    Skate After School attracts kids who enjoy the challenge and creativity skateboarding provides.

    graphic of skater jumping a ramp over football equipment
  • We’re engaging

    We’re engaging

    For 49% of our kids, Skate After School is the only extracurricular club they participate in.

    We create a fun, safe environment that kids want to stay at school for.

    Skate After School is number one
  • We make skating fun for everyone

    We make skating fun for everyone

    Skate After School is a space where kids of all genders thrive.

    Skateboarding is not just a sport for boys—nearly half of our students identify as a girl or non-binary.

    53 percent of Skate After School kids are male and 47 percent are female

If I do a trick and land it, I know that if I worked hard for it, I can do the same thing at school.

Watch the video to hear from students how Skate After School impacts their lives.

Volunteer with us

Skate After School depends on its community of volunteers to help provide skateboarding instruction to students. As a volunteer you will:

  • teach an exciting sport to enthusiastic kids.
  • work with different communities and cultures.
  • make new friends.
  • receive college credit for your time.

Can’t skate? No problem. Our team is made up of both skaters and non-skaters alike who share a passion for teaching.

Skate After School Volunteer

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For schools

If you are associated with a Phoenix area school and are interested in adding Skate After School to your programming, please contact Ryan Lay at or (480) 703-7470.

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