Sk8 for Gr8

Sk8forGr8 is a progressive mentoring initiative that pairs up talented designers with kids in need of the opportunities.

The problem we aim to solve:

To expose kids to the opportunities that design thinking holds; entrepreneurship and a career in creativity.

The solution our project offers:

We offer mentorship and encouragement for kids not yet exposed to design thinking as a career option.

The impact our project had so far:

We have run 12 workshops, mentored 18 kids and funded 6 kids' school fee's, Nebula Skate and the Sk8 for Gr8 Trust.


There are currently no open needs. Get in touch with Alison Harris if you can contribute and help out.

Who is behind this project?

We love community engagement: The more you interact, the more stars you get! (E.g.: Write a comment, publish a project or apply for a need)

About the project

Sk8 for Gr8 is a ‘Social Enterprise’ that creates its innovative products through progressive mentoring initiatives. Every range of decks that we release is child-inspired and designed by world class professionals. That’s because we pair up the most mad talented artists and designers with kids in need of the opportunity to broaden their mind-sets.

The past workshops began with the kids skating down the ramp into our Woodstock studio, minds ablaze and eyes wide open. The creative talent from both the artists and the kids exploded during the very first workshop, as the journey took them from discovering their style to developing a brand and executing their imagination. As we kept hearing about the kids’ dreams to launch clothing ranges, skate professionally, transform their communities and even become president one day, our artists’ deck designs had no hunger for inspiration. In the end, these eight beautiful designs shone each kid’s personality and dreams like little else could. We believe in the biggest dreams, because as one of our young ambassador’s said, “You can design anything you see”.

What I like about designing is that you can design everything that you see. Like chairs, tables and even on paper.

Ayanda, mentee from Khayelitshe
Each kid was given 6 words that they then had to illustrate into a creature.

The lesson is never in the end result but in the process of getting there.

Alison Parker, Sk8 for Gr8 founder
A piece inspired by Tashreeq Dollie and created by Kirsty Rielly
A piece inspired by Ayanda Koert and created by Brad Harris

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Instagram: sk8forgr8

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Hello Alison. What a wonderful project you have! I too are engaged in educational projects for young people. But I’m more focused on animation and on students from developing countries. It seems to me that our areas of activity in many respects resemble. Maybe we could somehow work together?

Just imagine - your students making cartoons on the most important social topics! It will be a bomb! Let’s think about the options for our cooperation.

Here is my website where you can find out more about my projects