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Alongside the planned skatepark in Kingston we shall build a youth-led, multi-purpose platform for creative events and entrepreneurship
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Why Jamaica?

In 2016 I took a career break from my previous job as a police officer in London and embarked on a journey volunteering on projects around the world, but there came a time when I sought a new challenge, so I decided to combine my experience supporting vulnerable young people on the fringes of dangerous gang lifestyles and my passion for action sports as a tool for engagement, by building a skatepark in a location where the need was great.

During my research, I found that Jamaica has the 5th highest murder rate in the world, a thriving community of skaters, but not a single skatepark on the island. It was then that I discovered the heart-breaking story of Andre "Wildfiyah" Thompson, a 20 year-old Jamaican skater who took part in a mini-documentary, with Andre clearly expressing his wish for a skatepark on the island. These would be the last recorded words Andre would speak, as he was senselessly killed days after it was filmed. On seeing this video, I made a commitment that I would help Andre's dream come true and not stop campaigning until there was a skatepark in Kingston.  

'Get A Board' Workshop in Mountain View, Kingston

Freedom Skatepark & Youth Centre

In order to make this project a reality, I founded a UK registered charity named Flipping Youth and set off to Jamaica to learn about the culture and spend time getting to know the skate community in Kingston. Fast forward 3 years and we have an amazing team of people committed to the project, we have secured the land in Kingston and raised £100,000 to build the skatepark. However, in order for the project to be sustainable and provide opportunity for the skaters in a place where youth unemployment levels are high, we have decided to build a youth centre at the skatepark that will focus on education and youth entrepreneurship.

The youth centre will provide a multi-purpose creative platform for the community to teach skate workshops, host music events or curate arts/crafts exhibitions. It will be a youth-led project and provide salaries for local skaters to manage the overall running of the skatepark on a daily basis. We will focus on working with less privileged young people who are at-risk of youth violence and not currently in education or employment. There will also be free workshops delivered to under-represented groups to encourage wider participation in action sports and positive social mixing, such as targeted sessions for young women or those living with a disabilities. Skateboarding has also just been announced as an official Olympic sport, so we shall be enabling the dream of competing on the worlds biggest stage to be a possibility by providing a professional training facility.  

Youth Centre design gifted by Aecom
Design includes accessible toilets

Our Team

Flipping Youth has now teamed up with both local and international organisations to create the Freedom Park Steering Committee, which includes the Concrete Jungle Foundation, Seprod Foundation, Sandals Foundation and Tmrw.Tday Culture Festival. We have also received donations from The Skateroom and Sole DXB. As well as corporate partners, we are working closely with the local skaters, senior community figures and passionate volunteers. We have received pro-bono design work from Newline for the Skatepark design and Aecom for the youth centre design. 

Timeline

We shall begin building the Freedom Skatepark and Youth Centre in February 2020 and expect the construction to be completed by early April 2020. The Concrete Jungle Foundation are an awesome team of passionate skaters who last year built Angola's first skatepark, and will be leading the Skatepark construction for us in Jamaica. We shall use local Jamaican building contractor to build the Youth Centre next to the Skatepark. 

Freedom Skatepark designed by Newline

Contributing Creatives

The following people donated their unique creative skills to help support our campaign by creating an exciting set of rewards in exchange for your donations.

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 How will your money be spent?

To give you an idea of how your donations will be spent to create the Youth Centre, here is a breakdown of some of the main costs. So far we have received donations amounting to £16,000 towards the youth centre, which will partly go towards paying a local Jamaican contractor to carry out the building works. Some of our budget will also go towards Kickstarter fees and the rewards. Here is an idea of how your donation will be spent.   

'Get a Board' Workshop - Denham Town, West Kingston

Risks and challenges

We are confident that our timeline for construction of the Youth Centre will be accurate, particularly as we will be building the Skatepark at the same time, so we will ensure to have the required materials and labour force pre-planned well in advance.

Our rewards will be manufactured to order when the campaign finishes, with items being produced in the UK, USA and Austria, meaning that there could be a delay in us shipping them out to you, so please be patient with us and we promise to keep you updated :)

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Long-lasting design

We have chosen to use shipping containers as the core of a youth centre structure, as they are extremely durable, resistant to adverse weather conditions and provide a high level of security.

All concrete used in our project with be of a higher than usual psi, meaning the need for ongoing maintenance will be minimal and the Skatepark and Youth Centre will be a sustainable facility without the requirement for regular repairs.

Reusability and recyclability

The scaffolding used in our youth centre design will be second-hand, keeping costs low and preventing perfectly reusable materials from going to waste.

Sustainable fulfillment and distribution

We will aim to minimalise usage of single-use plastics during reward fulfilment, being conscious of the packaging that we choose.

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    BRICKS & MORTAR!

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    3 x Postcard Set, Grayson Lauffenburger

    Prints of unique photographs of the Jamaican skate community taken by photographer, Grayson Lauffenburger

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    Limited-Edition Signed Print

    Based on the original large-scale artwork inspired by this project, artist Iona Rowland will create 100 limited edition signed prints.

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    Colours deck signed by Kelvin Hoefler

    Colours Collectiv 8.1" skateboard deck, signed by Kelvin Hoefler

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    Limited-Edition Signed Photo Print, No.3

    27 x 40cm classic silver gelatin print limited to an edition of 20.

    Printed on exhibition-grade baryta fiber paper coated in silver halide, these prints are created in the fashion of pre-digital black and white printing techniques and are of a quality against which all other prints are measured in terms of permanence. Each print will come signed and numbered, ready to be framed for display.

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    Limited Edition Signed Photo Print, No.2

    60 x 40 cm classic silver gelatin print limited to an edition of 10.

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    Limited Edition Signed Photo Print, No.1

    1m x 1m classic silver gelatin print limited to an edition of 5.

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    Iona Rowland Original Artwork

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    3 x Vincent Milou signed skate decks

    Three assorted skateboard decks used and signed by Vincent Milou

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    Signed Nyjah Deck, Shoes & Poster!

    All signed by World No. 1 Nyjah Huston

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    • Nike SB Nyjah Free Skate Shoes, Size US 8/ UK 7, signed box
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