February 11, 2023

Exposure Skate Launches New Program Skate Rising to Empower Young Girls

Gabriela Levy, Public Relations Associate, Exposure Skate


Skate Rising is a youth learning service program that teaches girls 4-18 how to skate and give back to the community.  They had their first clinic of the year on February 11th at the Encinitas Community Park where they taught local youth about how to create a healthy mind and body through positive affirmations and how to properly wear and use skateboarding safety gear.

Participants then gave back to the community by writing self-love mantras in journals to give to children who participate in North County Lifeline's programs and services. Attendees also had the opportunity to win raffle prizes from Arbor Skateboards, Etnies Shoes, Hydro Flask, and 187 Killer Pads.

Kelly Unruh, a local parent who brings her children to Skate Rising, sees Skate Rising clinics as valuable learning experiences for her girls.

“I am so happy we found Skate Rising," said Ms. Unruh. "The girls learn how to skate in a safe environment while learning about relevant issues in their community and how they can make a difference. It is so great to see my daughter help the little ones with their skating and make new friends each month.”

Skate Rising is the youth program of Exposure Skate, a nonprofit that aims to empower girls through skateboarding and help them cultivate compassion through service.

Calli Kelsay founded Skate Rising in 2016 when she wanted to find a way to teach youth how to be kind and compassionate leaders in the world. Since then, a number of notable figures in the industry help with instruction at Skate Rising clinics, including Exposure Skate co-founder and Olympian Amelia Brodka, as well as other Olympic skateboarders Bryce Wettstein and Jordyn Barratt.

Past Skate Rising service activities include participants collecting support kits for houseless people and hospitalized youth, organizing school supplies for underprivileged children, creating empowerment journals for domestic abuse survivors, and participating in other activities centered around giving back to the community.

Monthly Skate Rising events take place at the Encinitas Community Park every second Saturday of the month from 9-11am, visit calendar here.

Admission is free and all equipment is provided! 

To learn more, visit or follow @skaterising on Instagram. Skate Rising is partiallyfunded by Hydro Flask’s Parks For All grant program, which supports nonprofits in creating equal access to public parks.