A film by HooplaHa.

Neal Unger is proof that you can do anything if you stay young at heart and remain positive in all you do. In his 60s, Unger uses his love for skateboarding to mentor at-risk youth through an organization called the Next Up Foundation, which hosts after-school skateboarding activities for low-income kids that lack parental guidance or struggle with negative peer pressure. Unger and his fellow mentors believe that skateboarding lessons can not only distract teenagers from temptations like alcohol and other drugs, but can also teach perseverance and confidence.


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  • Learn more about Next Up and how you can get involved.
  • Watch the Barefoot Skaters of Janwar to see how skateboarding has changed a marginalized community in India.
  • Find a fun way to connect with and inspire at-risk youth in your area. 

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