2019 Mid-Year Organization Wide Update
The North American Womens Parkour Gathering: Recap!
The summer is, unbelievably, almost up! It’s been a busy few months for all of here at Parkour Visions, expanding programming, building new partnerships, hosting visiting instructors, and laying the groundwork for the Fall launch of a few projects mentioned in our #MovementForAll campaign and annual fund!
Instead of reflecting on all of these projects and programs right now in brief, over the next few weeks we will be updating our news with individual stories and photos highlighting our various youth programs, STEM camps, national events, and projects in the works.
This frees me up to use this years Mid-year update to answer some of the questions I receive most frequently—from the direction of the organization to where we are going and how fast and how to get more involved. I’m going to jump right in, highlighting each section in bold!
Do you believe in Movement For All?
Last weekend was the 9th Annual North American Womens Parkour Gathering out in Washington DC, drawing 50+ participants over the course of the weekend from 15 different states and all ages. One of the key ideas behind this event is cultivating not only female participation in parkour but also developing leadership, confidence, and volunteerism in the community. It is one of the only all women-organized and led parkour events in the world, each year changing cities in hopes of reaching new and different demographics.
2018 Annual Report
We are excited to announce the launch of the#MovementForAll Fund!
Our goal is to raise $25,000 by Sunday, February 24th. The Fund will go to increased access to all of PKV’s programs, new and upgraded equipment, additional learning programs like parkour training for PE teachers and the Teen Team, free community events, regional and international coach development, program administration, and improved organizational resiliency…
The Barriers to Play - and the Power of Parkour
We are pleased to release our 2018 Annual Report! You can download this small pdf right here
In 2018 Parkour Visions faced huge challenges—and made huge leaps forward. The lost of the gym at the very end of 2017 severely cut back our program reach and offerings--but only for a short period of time. Though we started the year with only two classes a week running by the end of the year we had over 25! 90% of our programming was brand new — and ended up directly impacting youth and adult practitioners, coaches, business owners, and enthusiasts from over 30 Seattle neighborhoods, 35 states, and 5 countries!
2018 Mid-Year Organization-Wide Update
Did you know that we are most physically active at age 6? After that we start slowing down, and by age 19 we end up as sedentary as 60-year-olds. Yikes. I mean, by the time students approach the end of high school, almost TWO THIRDS (61-63.1%) don’t attend physical education classes at least once a week, and a majority of those who leave sports during that time often leave active lifestyles permanently….
Urban Survival and Parkour Camp Recap
In the last 7 months, Parkour Visions:
Was awarded a $50,000 grant by Kings County to run free programming for low-income, at risk youth in south Seattle in 2019
Partnered up with ARC & the City of Seattle to deliver over 100 free or reduced cost classes so far this year to diverse youth at 5 different community centers
Designed a few new playgrounds, including a project in Centennial Park moving into construction!
Launched 2 free monthly community classes, ensuring that no one is turned away from getting a quality movement education due to lack of funds.
Below I’d like to share with you a little more on some of these accomplishments, as well as updates on where we are in the gym hunt!
Innovation in Design Nomination!
Our Urban Survival and Parkour camp began with learning stealth movement techniques, navigation, and face painting and ended with major laughter, new friendships, and enough new adventure ideas to get us through until next summer.
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The Penzer Parkour Park, designed by Colin MacDonald and the Parkour Visions team, was recently nominated in two categories in the prestigious 2018 B.C. Wood Design Award, which aim to honor excellence in wood-based projects.
Swinging from the Lamp Posts
Parkour Visions is committed to supporting Parkour's long history of free sharing, mutual learning, and open education. Each month we will release a small set of high quality articles and documents for free to the public.
We are launching a Patreon to support this project, in hopes of one day being able to pay the authors who currently donate their time and energy to share with you their knowledge (as well as seek out authors in the larger movement community to contribute)!
2018 Letter from the Executive Director
We are so excited to announce that Colin MacDonald, our Design Director, was accepted to speak at this years Seattle Ignite! His talk, Swinging from the Lamp Posts: Designing for Play in the Modern City, will cover the incredible opportunities available to designers and communities for bringing play into the places they live.
Dear Friends of Parkour Visions;
I am both honored and excited to join your organization during a pivotal time in it's history. The last few months certainly have been difficult, and the obstacles before us might seem higher than ever before. However, I have learned from 10+ years collaborating within the larger movement world that incredible things can be achieved when we choose to share challenges and work together towards a common goal.
So yes, while we have a big challenge ahead, we also have a big, passionate community and big, powerful dreams--and these two things are enormous strengths.