7Hills is a community based, skateboarders driven, non-profit that works to create safe public spaces and activate them through free-of-charge activities to establish youth empowerment programs for the youth in Jordan.
Through the joyous outlet of skateboarding, 7Hills bridges the gap between different cultures, social and racial backgrounds, religions, gender and age. 7Hills provides secure spaces for people from all walks of life and offers tools - skateboarding , arts & crafts - to defeat gender, racial, religious or cultural inequalities.
WHAT DO THEY DO?
1. BUILDING AND ENHANCING PUBLIC SPACE AND SOCIAL INFRASTRUCTURE TO DEVELOP SAFE CIVIC SPACES
2. ACTIVATING PUBLIC SPACE THROUGH FREE-OF-CHARGE SKATEBOARDING / ARTS & CRAFTS ACTIVITIES AND YOUTH LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS
3. HOSTING OUTREACH PROGRAMS TO SERVE AND MOBILE YOUTH OUTSIDE OF AMMAN
4.ORGANIZING URBAN, INFORMAL EDUCATION PROGRAM - 7HILLS AL RASEEF 153 CREATIVE HUB
5.DEVELOPING A SUSTAINABLE RESEARCH COMPONENT THAT HARMONIZES ALL DOMAINS OF ACTIVITY
We host a weekly 'girls only' skate class at 7Hills. Female participation averages around 45%, with a goal of reaching at least 50% participation throughout our programs. Since the start of the skate program, the community involvement at 7Hills Skatepark has increased significantly. Every day, more local youth assist during skate classes, while their parents and families come together to enjoy the public space.
70% of the population in Jordan is younger than 30, and most of them have no occupation, limited access to resources, and few outlets for creativity and play. This means 7Hills carries a huge responsibility and an even larger potential for higher youth engagement, and the creation of opportunities that allow for freedom, self-reliance and solidarity.
7Hills creates an open, democratic environment for everyone in the city of Amman struggling with social barriers. It aims to give all children, youth and parents a safe, public space to skateboard, socialize and unwind.
Since 2014 till today, 7Hills has been building a super diverse community of young people with over 10 different nationalities. We work with host, migrant and refugee communities including Jordanian, Syrian, Palestinian, Lebanese, Sudani, Somali, Yemeni, Egyptian, Nigerian, Filipino, Iraqi youths between 5 and 35 years old.
OVER 200 YOUTHS EVERY WEEK IN THE SKATEPARK
(45% female participation & 60% refugee participation)
OVER 250 YOUTHS/YEAR IN THE CREATIVE YOUTH HUB
(50% female participation & 50% refugee participation)
FUNDS ARE USED FOR:
- 5 DAYS/WEEK ACTIVITIES FOR YOUTHS
- SKATE CLASSES
- FREE TRANSPORTATION TO THE SKATEPARK
- LOANER SKATEBOARDS
- YOUTH-LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS
- COMMUNITY & CULTURAL EVENTS FOR THE YOUTH (skate events, exhibitions, public talks, screenings, etc.)
- OPERATIONAL CREATIVE YOUTH HUB: ARTS, MEDIA & CRAFTS WORKSHOPS (Workshops range from carpentry to build your own ramps and jewelry, clothing design with sewing, silkscreen and lino printing, or arts like painting murals, sculpturing, film and editing and much more.)