For many families, educational and recreational options for their children are severely limited by their financial circumstances.
Childhood possessions such as books or skateboards are often out of reach financially. Sometimes, having a skateboard and a book to call their own can create happiness out of despair, cause inspiration in a place of discouragement, spark imagination in the wake of harsh reality and offer an escape when it is needed the most.
Since 2015, Boards for Bros and Bess the Book Bus have been working together to give the combined gifts of reading and skateboarding to underserved youth in Tampa Bay. Hitting the road and reaching kids in their neighborhoods, these two nonprofits have found that working together has a dramatic and lasting impact on the kids lives.
Using an extensive network of collection centers, Boards for Bros gathers donations of new and gently used skateboard components and purchases the missing parts from our industry partners at deep discounts (we often purchase trucks, bearings and hardware). For approximately $22, our volunteers can assemble a high quality, durable complete skateboard.
A $10,000 grant would allow Boards for Bros to join Bess the Book Bus on an East Coast Tour bringing our Books and Boards events to the youth of Baltimore, MD, Camden, NJ and Asbury Park, NJ.
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Brian Wenning discusses growing up in New Jersey, getting on flow for Alien Workshop, turning pro for Habitat, filming for Photosynthesis, getting asked by Brandon Biebel to share a part in Subtleties, contemplating whether or not to switch ollie El Toro, night terrors, checking himself into detox, currently living in a halfway house, getting back into skating again and much more…