Alchemy Skateboarding and Education
The Mission of Alchemy is providing opportunities for youth to learn and grow through skateboarding.
Alchemy uses skateboarding as a vehicle to engage at-risk youth through common interest and interpersonal connection, creating a community that recognizes youth’s passion, creativity and perseverance as transferable to educational, personal and professional development.
Indoor Skate Park & Education Center: We operate the region’s only indoor skateboarding facility, a safe and vibrant hub for youth. Special evenings are set aside for specific programming, for example: “Study & Skate” for homework completion and “Ladies Night” to welcome and encourage new female participants. This is a space for learning, growth and community.
Classes within Tacoma School District: Alchemy offers for-credit high school courses in skateboarding, which include the history of board sports, conflict between dominant and sub-cultures, use of public spaces, physical education, safety training and ramp construction.
Skate camps and lessons: Athletic education and mentoring takes place in the indoor skate park and during community events, designed to teach younger children and those new to the sport the basics of skateboarding and safety.
The S.A.L.T. (Sponsored by Alchemy Leadership Team) leadership program focuses on cultivating athletics, leadership skills and strategies, employment readiness and civic engagement by connecting small groups of youth with local business, government and nonprofit leaders to spearhead a community change project.
Alchemy hosts Go Skate Tacoma in downtown Tacoma each June. The community gathers for a family-friendly, city-wide celebration of the spirit, discipline, resilience and athleticism of skateboarding.
At Alchemy, no youth is turned away for their inability to pay.
Annual Budget: $50,001 - $250,000
Accepts Volunteers: Yes
Service Area: Pierce County
People Served Annually: 1,050