Our Fall Series started up this past Tuesday and it's been a great transition from summer into the school season. The 3-hr sessions have a camp vibe with plenty of time to get to know each other, learn and skate both at our indoor ramp space and plenty of outdoor time at nearby parks.
The weekend sessions start up tomorrow and there's still some spots left in both the morning and afternoon sessions if you'd like to sign up. Some of the weekday sessions have room as well so we'll be doing ongoing registration where space is available.
Returning Soon! Ages 5-6 (Grades K-1)
We have really been missing skating with our younger shredders! Starting in Fall II (Early November–January) we will be bringing back multi-week series for students ages 5-6. We are working out the exact details but this will a drop-off program with a slightly longer length than our standard classes. Stay tuned!
Summer is a State of Mind!
Summer may be just about over but we are planning to keep the summer camp vibes going well into the Fall season at SKATEYOGI!
This year's Fall I multi-week series is like a week of camp that gets stretched out until the end of October. Same time slot every week with the same group of friends to learn and skate with. The 3-hr sessions allow for plenty of outdoor skating whether it's at a park nearby SKATEYOGI or at Golconda Skatepark in Downtown Brooklyn.
As a fellow parent, I know this is tough time as our children transition back into learning amongst all the uncertainties. We're hoping that SKATEYOGI can provide a space for kids to be themselves and get much needed physical enrichment.
We have series throughout the week, in the morning, afternoon and afterschool hours. Spots are starting to fill up so sign up soon since there's limited enrollment.
Liv joined SKATEYOGI in Summer 2020 after relocating from CT. Liv also runs a women/womxn’s skateboarding platform called Sk8Babes. We are so excited to have her as part of SKATEYOGI community. She will be helping us to provide people with a safe space to learn and make friends!
Big thanks to everyone that responded to our Fall Planning Survey! The feedback was very helpful in determining a range of options for us to offer.
We are stoked to announce that registration for our Fall I season is now open!
Adult Basics will return too!
Fall Program for Kids
SKATEYOGI's Fall 2020 Kids program builds off our experience running summer camp under COVID-19 guidance.
You choose a particular time slot and come back for that same time each week. This keeps the students in a cohort for consistency and safety.
To fit the range of family needs we have sessions available on weekdays and weekends, in the morning, early afternoon and aftershool hours. For an even longer session you can sign up for back to back sessions and the student can stay with us during the 30 minute transition time (For example from 9am-3:30pm).
The age range is 7-13 for series at SKATEYOGI and 9-15 for series at Golconda. These ranges are based on our experience with students in these longer format programs.
Kids Under 7
We hope to offer programs for our students younger than 7 once we feel comfortable to return to shorter class lengths. Please stay tuned! In the meantime we do have limited availability for private lessons for students of all ages.
It has been great welcoming students back this summer. As a parent myself, I've seen the screen time quota go out the window. It's delightful to see our students getting outside, challenging themselves and going home dirty and tired. I like to say that skateboarding can be whatever you want it to be – I sincerely hope that this fall, SKATEYOGI can offer a space for extracurricular enrichment and community to serve your family's needs!
Please note, due to the longer sessions we have less spots overall than a typical Fall season. Please sign up soon to secure your spot! Please let us know if you have any questions.
Skateboarders Adapt! ️
From Prospect Park to Downtown Brooklyn, our two camp crews had an amazing first week full of new friendships and fun memories. We even started making our own little skatepark at the playground near SKATEYOGI.
One thing skateboarding teaches is resilience and adaptation. This summer, that means adding masks to our safety gear list, swapping high fives for smiling eyes, and not forgetting to sanitize. Small inconveniences to be shredding safely with two smaller camp groups in Prospect Park and Downtown Brooklyn. We are so stoked to be skating in-person together again!
Summer Curbside Shopping Hours
This summer I'll be at the shop for curbside pickup and shopping on Wednesdays 4-7pm and Sundays 2-5pm. Shop ahead online or come by with any questions. See you at the shop!
Summer Camp – Some spots available
Urban Shredders (All Levels OK - Ages 9-15)
- Week of 8/3 1 spot
- Week of 8/10 3 spots
Everyone here at SKATEYOGI is so stoked on welcoming campers back this summer!
From the response we've received, it is apparent that our enthusiasm is also shared by our campers and their parents. Spots have filled up quickly and we're now down to just a few scattered spots left for both our SKATEYOGI Summer Camp and Urban Shredders camp. To accommodate some more aspiring summer skaters, we've just added two more full weeks of our Urban Shredders camp (Weeks of August 3-7 & 10-14). Sign up soon!
What is an Urban Shredder?
The Urban Shredder camp is designed for intermediate level skaters ages 9-15 to experience a week in the life of an NYC skater. We meet up at Golconda Skatepark in Downtown Brooklyn, warm-up and then skate and walk to a plethora of skate spots in the surrounding vicinity, from DUMBO to Brooklyn Borough Hall. This variety of terrain will help make them well rounded skaters and feed the creative spirit found through adventuring around with your skate friends.
Can my child join Urban Shredders?
We get this question a lot. We're not going to ask how high they can ollie, but we do expect Urban Shredders to be very comfortable on their skateboard. Would you feel comfortable with them skating ahead of you on a sidewalk, navigating the cracks and obstacles and stopping at the corner? If so, they probably have the skill to join.
Besides skill, they should also have a strong interest and skate independently outside of any classes or programs. In addition to interest, the program also requires stamina since we're out skating around all day. There's no need to already know tricks. We will learn together and encourage one another.
Feel free to reply to this email to ask any questions you may have about our Urban Shredders program.
As the Black Lives Matter movement gains momentum, people of all types are taking to the streets to voice their support for systemic change to dismantle the racist injustice and inequity our fellow Black Americans have suffered for centuries. As individuals and as SKATEYOGI we have marched in solidarity with groups around Brooklyn; from a family march in Grand Army Plaza to a procession of over 5,000 with Educators for Justice from Downtown Brooklyn to Manhattan City Hall.
I've found the best source of information is posted at justiceforgeorgenyc on Instagram with daily events posted the night before with updates throughout the day in the story. There's something for everyone and every comfort level, from children's marches, to silent vigils and bike rides. We're starting to see some quick governmental changes in response, but to really affect lasting fundamental change, we need to keep this momentum up all the way to November and beyond!
Speaking of something for everyone, the NYC Skate Coalition has spread the word on the first skater-led Black Lives Matter event today at 3pm (Friday 6/12) where we will be skating, biking and marching from the Williamsburg Monument to McCarren Park. Come on out to show your support to skate and destroy racism!
Peace and love!
It is official!
Yesterday, during his daily press briefing, Gov Cuomo announced that NY state summer day camps will be allowed to open June 29. I almost couldn't believe what I heard, so I went back and took a screenshot of the presentation to share with our team. We can now look forward with certainty to spending the summer doing what we love most: sharing the joy of skateboarding and creating lasting summer memories.
I am happy to see children will have outlets available to support their physical and mental well-being after months of isolation. And as a fellow parent, I can appreciate an opportunity to lighten the load of juggling everything-from-home.
Official NYS guidelines have not yet been issued for Summer Day Camps. After studying CDC guidance, we are confident we will be able to meet or exceed all of the requirements. Given our small size and the mostly outdoor nature of our activity, I believe a safe SKATEYOGI camp this summer will feel very similar to any other year with the addition of safety practices that have become second nature for kids during this current time.
One modification we are certain of is that we will be limiting our capacity to 8 campers per week, down from the usual 12 campers. (NYC metropolitan residents only.)
Due to this limited capacity, I would recommend registering soon to secure your spot if you would like to sign up. Please feel free to reply to this newsletter to ask me any questions you may have.
Like many New Yorkers, Gov. Cuomo's press briefings have become a daily ritual for me. When he talks about reimagining the future, it inspires me to think of how SKATEYOGI will evolve as a community. Before all of this, I saw online more for just discovery with in-person teaching being our primary mode. As we've put more energy into connecting with students online, I've realized that there is an opportunity for online and offline to enhance each other.
In one perfect example, I met someone who found us through Google search, watched some of our YouTube videos, ordered a skateboard from our online shop and then came for curbside pickup. Upon leaving they said they plan to watch some of our tutorials and are looking forward to attending class when they reopen.
In the spirit of keeping these connections going, I present to you our newest offering: Live Q&A with Kevin at SKATEYOGI! Every Wednesday at 5pm I will go live on our YouTube channel to answer your questions such as skate techniques, trick tips, skate gear, or anything else you can think of. Type your questions or comments in the live chat or submit them in advance.
On a more serious note, events in recent weeks of racists acts of hatred, violence and murder against our fellow Americans essentially for their Blackness have moved us express our outrage and sadness. Our vision at SKATEYOGI is a world where our differences are celebrated with peace and respect. These actions go against everything we believe and strive for in the greater community and future for our children.
As individuals we can take action by signing the petition to bring justice for George Floyd, get educated on the issues and remember to vote. As MLK said, "In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."
Peace and love,
Hope this finds you well. Thank you for coming by SKATEYOGI to buy skate gear during our curbside pickup hours! We've been humbled by all your support. THANK YOU!!!
It's been 2 months since everyone's life has been impacted by the NYS on Pause. We are tirelessly working towards finding a way to safely run our in-person programs this summer. Please know that we will only open if we know that we can safely do so.
Last Friday, the American Camp Association issued a detailed field guide for camps with guidance to safely run programs during COVID-19. We have thoroughly reviewed it and are ready to implement its recommendations. However, we are still waiting on NY state's guidelines for summer youth programs. Until we receive these official regulations, we are unable to assess the likelihood of camp this summer.
In order to allow us to properly train our staff, prepare our facility and implement new safety protocols, we have decided that if we can open in-person camps, they will begin on July 6. For those of you who have registered for the week of June 29, we'll reach out to you with refund/transfer options. We will be in touch again as soon as we are able to further update you on our summer plans.
In the meantime, please know we will continue to keep the stoke going with all of you through virtual programming , YouTube videos and curbside pickup for your solo skate gear needs!