Youth Employment Skateboarding (YES) is a program in Seattle WA that teaches teens valuable skills like CPR, Peer Mentoring, Skateboard Instruction and Event Production. Funded by the city of Seattle and administered by the Skate Like a Girl organization, YES gives an outlet for kids interested in skateboarding and some valuable life skills as well as offering service hours and employment skills. YES is accepting applications until May 4th, so if you are a skater in Seattle between 15-18, then this is for you!
With all the positivity that skateboarding has to give, its great see Seattle put some significant support behind Skate Like a Girl. Mean while in Chicago, more spots are getting skate-stopped and the city is cutting funding at Gallery37, which provides similar employment development, including a skateboard deck art program.