Empower women and girls through skateboarding and create an inclusive skateboarding community.
Skate Like A Girl Portland was started as an offshoot of the founding Seattle chapter of Skate Like a Girl in 2007 by Jessie Haungs. After a hiatus in 2010, the chapter was revived in August of 2013 by Kristina Narayan who presently serves as the Volunteer Chapter Director. Thanks to the foundation laid by previous leaders, community support, and our awesome volunteer coaching staff, we are pleased to announce a successful revival. This success allowed us, with the help of our parent chapter, to bring Brandy Machado to the fold. In July 2014, Brandy joined us as our first staff-person, directing programming and communications.
Since our revival, we have partnered with the Boys & Girls Club, Betties 360, CampFire Columbia, Girl Scouts, Girls Inc., and SheShredsMagazine as well as several other local businesses and organizations.
Skateboarding is fun. Skateboarding also pushes boundaries, the limits of what we thought was or wasn't possible, it has no rules and births creativity. We believe skateboarding with women provides an environment that is conducive to learning, fostering friendships, building confidence, and learning the rewards of practice through patience.
Women and girls who learn how to skateboard learn more than just how to balance; girls who skateboard learn to push their own personal boundaries, test their capabilities and in the process, teach and encourage others.
It is our firm belief that these attributes reap rewards outside of the skatepark and our immediate community. Girls and women who believe in themselves are more likely to raise their hand in the classroom, advocate for themselves in the workplace and attract the company of those who respect them.