How we roll

Our roots are essential in growing and advocating the activity of skateboarding. We are stoked that skate parks are finally being built throughout SA but without the presence of ‘established skateboarders’ and the availability of good equipment, skate parks can so easily become anything but a place to skate.

Step into Indigo Youth Movement and we bring a new lease on life in these facilities and for at risk youths. Our programs are based on creating a support structure for individuals and the facility as a whole. Indigo Youth Movement aims to recruit young mentors that have a passion to see positive change within their communities. Indigo Youth Movement identifies and empowers these individuals by giving them the correct skills sets and access to equipment to run our programs.

Our skate instructors become mentors to participants and provide roadmaps to disenfranchised youths looking for a way out of trouble. Social integration is one of our biggest mandates and we find that the skateboarding community in SA is all inclusive and paving the way in transformation. Through events and tours we provide a platform for youths to develop longlasting bonds and connections beyond their comfort zones.

Indigo Youth Movement skate programs caters an effective curriculum that tackles the common issues that youth face in their daily lives. We share skate park etiquette and encourage unity in skate parks in a non competitive environment that is all inclusive, we hope that lessons learnt in the skate park can be taken into life.

Most of our skate lesson plans and life skills components play themselves out in the skate park, we feel that while at play our youths are engaged to learn and positive traits can be passed on effectively. It’s about creating a harmonious environment, a circle of support treating everyone equally and giving everyone a voice on a neutral platform. It’s these daily gatherings before our sessions that youths are attracted to, having some consistency and structure is welcomed amongst the urban chaos surrounding most facilities we operate in.

Our skate of mind

"Indigo is proof that skateboarding can change the world"
- Tony Hawk

 

Indigo Youth Movement aims to create safe spaces, access to mentors and to skateboarding programmes to promote the wellbeing of our South African youth. We create sustainable and expanding skateboarding environments for our youth to find sanctuary in, by:

Educating the youth by using skateboarding as a vehicle to do so

 

Providing platforms for our younger generation from diverse backgrounds to meet on equal footing

 

Teaching vulnerable youth about areas of danger they should be aware of, from sexual abuse and drug prevention to anti-gangsterism

 

Recognising and developing the skills our participants have, from woodwork to event management, photography, videography to hospitality

Developing a sense of pride and ownership in our shared facilities

 

Creating and pushing for employment within the skateboarding industry for the South African youth

 

Introducing the youth into a community of skateboarders, creating a sense of belonging and a ‘family structure’

 

Unlocking the younger generation's ability to believe in their infinite potential and providing ways for these youth to explore their chosen paths

 

A word from the founder ,

Dallas Oberholzer

South African avid skateboarder and founder of Indigo Youth Movement.

 

Why take skateboarding to the most unlikely of places like a rural Zulu village? This is the all too often first question that comes up. Well I guess there were a few reasons to go rural. Personally, I wanted to session in and amongst natural elements and construct a skate park in beautiful surroundings, but further it was the sheer belief that skateboarding is for everyone. I felt that if this would work, then it would be proof that skateboarding’s time is now and indeed it is, as the popularity and reach of the activity has gone beyond borders.

 

As an aspiring skateboarder, I felt the need to create a positive story of the possibilities of our sub-culture - a story of hope in how, through play and a common vision, a community could be created through skateboarding. In the same breathe, an attempt at integrating our divided country needed to be made, this is how Indigo Skate Camp came about and how we went on to develop our NGO Indigo Youth Movement.

The team behind the grind

Amin Gray
Amin Gray

Skateboarding record holder and father of three skateboarders, Amin has been an active member since 2001.

Charl Jensel:
Charl Jensel:

Indigo Youth Movement’s operations manager since 2008.

Thabane Mchunu
Thabane Mchunu

Age: 23
Role at IYM: Head Skate Instructor
Responsibilities: Direct afterschool programs, financial keepings, Skate park maintenance and volunteer coordinator
Project location: Indigo Skate Camp

Sbonelo Msomi
Sbonelo Msomi

Age:21
Role at IYM: Assistant Skate Instructor
Responsibilities: skate park maintenance and admin
Project Location: Indigo Skate Camp

Matthew Jarred Johnson
Matthew Jarred Johnson

Age: 27
Role at organisation: Skate Instructor
Responsibilities: Admin, life skills co-ordinator
Project site: Scottsdene

Mario Pierterse
Mario Pierterse

Age: 24
Role at IYM: Head Skate Instructor
Responsibilities: Reports and leading of sessions
Project site: Kleinvlei

Kyle Trusky
Kyle Trusky

Age: 22
Role at IYM: Assistant Skate Instructor
Responsibilities: Health & Fitness and skateboarding instructor
Project location: Valhalla Park

Keerin Noah
Keerin Noah

Age: 27
Role at IYM: Head Skate Instructor
Responsibilities: Reports and leading sessions
Project location: Valhalla Park

Ayesha Ahmad
Ayesha Ahmad

Age:19
Role at IYM: Assistant Skate Instructor
Responsibilities: Girl skate mentor, admin and reports
Project Location: Kleinvlei