Women Win and Skateistan have partnered to launch a new initiative called ROLL Models to empower a generation of female leaders in Europe through skateboarding. The project is designed to bring the physical, mental and emotional benefits of sports to a whole generation of young women. Its main focus is to ensure that women of color, refugees and women living with disabilities are directly involved in the programming. Skateistan will contribute through its Goodpush program, which supports the social skate sector worldwide through skateboarding and creative education programs for children and youth.
Operating in Germany, the Netherlands and Greece, ROLL Models is designed to develop 72 female youth leaders between the ages of 15 and 30 through skateboarding sessions, intense leadership training and seed funding over the course of three years. These young women will in turn support and develop social skateboarding projects for 900 girls, inspiring younger girls to follow a similar path.
Why We Like It:
With the current generation of European girls and women being the least active ever, only 10-20% of adolescent girls meet the recommended level of physical activity. Women Win and Skateistan’s joint effort aims to reach this demographic and address the increased mental health issues linked to lack of exercise and participation in sports. The ROLL Models initiative empowers women to actively direct their own futures by encouraging physical activity and health while promoting their mental and emotional health to be inspirational leaders for the young women that come after them.