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Youth Council’s skatepark work celebrated

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On Oct. 5, four lucky Mid-City CAN Youth Council members got a chance to meet celebrities and skateboarding legends at the Green Acres Estate in Beverly Hills. The Tony Hawk Foundation sponsored the four young people to go the fundraiser to recognize their success advocating for a skatepark in City Heights. The day’s highlights included a giant vert demo from skateboarders and a BMXer on ramps similar to those used in the X-Games and an intimate performance by Grammy-nominated band Modest Mouse. This year’s Tony Hawk’s Stand Up For Skateparks raised $860,000, according to the foundation.

This month, The California Endowment also published a case study about the Mid-City CAN Youth Council’s work advocating for a skatepark in City Heights.

Mid-City CAN Youth Council Member Rosa Olascoaga, 17: Today we attended the Tony Hawk Foundation fundraiser Stand Up for Skateparks. It was a pretty awesome event because we got to meet celebrities. The highlight of my day was seeing all those many supporters of skate parks. The other highlight was being able to talk to Tony Hawk and saying, ‘Thank you’ to him for being supportive of us.

Mid-City CAN Youth Council Member Terry Stanley, 19: The high point of the day for me was meeting Tony Hawk, talking to him, and listening to Modest Mouse. We are hoping we could build a relationship to where they can help us with our future skate parks.

Mid-City CAN Youth Council MemberDaniela Barron, 18: Today we got to meet Tony Hawk and other celebrities. My favorite part was getting to meet Tony Hawk. He looked chill.

Mid-City CAN Youth Council Member Jorge Robles, 19: Stand Up for Skateparks is a fundraiser for helping lower income communities that are in need of a skate park. Today the coolest part for me was seeing Modest Mouse and skateboarding legends.

Action-sports performers included Andy Macdonald, Tom Schaar, Elliot Sloan, Kevin Staab, Mitchie Brusco, Lizzie Armanto, and BMXer Coco Zurita.

 Tony Hawk talks to Mid-City CAN Youth Council Member Rosa Olascoaga, 17, and Mid-City CAN Youth Council Member Terry Stanley, 19, at the Stand Up For Skateparks event on Oct. 5.  Photo by Christopher Donez

Tony Hawk talks to Mid-City CAN Youth Council Member Rosa Olascoaga, 17, and Mid-City CAN Youth Council Member Terry Stanley, 19, at the Oct. 5 Stand Up For Skateparks event. | Christopher Donez

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