The results of the 2022 edition of the Survey of Social Skateboarding Projects Worldwide by Skateistan and Pushing Boarders are now published!
In 2022, we received answers from 152 skateboarding projects working in 40 countries worldwide — who reach a combined 18,464 participants each week.
This year’s survey saw the highest number of respondents we’ve had since launching in 2018! For the first time, we made the survey available in Portuguese and received an incredible 55 responses from projects based in Brazil. With so many respondents coming from one country, we see some differences in the trend of results — most notably in the staff/volunteer and participant demographics and the sources of funding.
The purpose of this annual survey (running since 2018) is to better understand and document the aims, impact and activities of the social skateboarding world.
In 2022, we see an increased emphasis on mental health as a top aim for projects worldwide, as well as improved mental health training for staff and volunteers. With the total combined budget of all respondents returning to what it was in 2019, it is great to observe projects returning to full strength post-Covid lockdown and working to improve their resilience moving forwards.
The social skateboarding world continues to grow — we are adding new entries of projects from all corners of the globe to the Goodpush Social Skate Map every week. Let’s continue to push for improved practices and accessible, inclusive programs!
Overview of Key Results:
- The 152 projects combined work with approximately 18,464 participants weekly
- 41% of these participants are girls
- 58% of projects in 2021 work with people of color
- 42% work with the LGBTQI+ community
- 34% work with people with disabilities
- 31% work with migrants and refugees
Staff & Volunteer Diversity
Interestingly, the percentage of projects that have full-time paid staff has dropped in 2022. While the percentage of part-time paid staff has significantly increased and the percentage of projects which have full or part-time volunteers have remained the same. Despite this, the percentage of full-time paid staff within the total number of all staff and volunteers has actually increased. This means that the projects who have full-time paid members of staff have likely taken more on, while there still remains a large percentage of projects operating solely with volunteers and/or part-time paid staff.
- 66% of projects have at least one woman as staff and 27% have 5 or more women team members.
- From the total number of 2036 staff and volunteers:
- 22% are people of color
- 6% identify as LGBTQI+ (although this data is not always known), and
- 6% are people with disabilities
The total budget of all 152 projects combined is 9,385,000 USD (compared to 7,417,500 USD for 98 projects in 2021, 6,650,500 USD for 117 projects in 2020 and 9,900,000 USD for 124 projects in 2019).
This highlights the great resilience of social skate projects around the world to sustain themselves through this challenging period of Covid-19 lockdowns and programme hiatus’. The average combined annual budget is now just slightly lower than what it was in 2019, before the effects of the pandemic.
What programs do the social skate projects offer each week?
Compared to our 2021 survey results, we see rises across the board – most significantly in the percentage of projects offering weekly LGBTQI+ sessions, which almost doubled. The percentage of remote/online sessions has decreased by exactly half as Covid-19 restrictions worldwide have ended.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to fill out the 2022 survey, and a very special thank you to the Confederação Brasileira de Skate (CBSk) for their help with translating and promoting the survey for Brazilian social skateboarding projects.
These survey results will help to shape how the Goodpush Alliance serves and supports the social skateboarding community worldwide in 2023 and beyond.