New Skateboard Store Partners with West Bank Youth

Drew Swanson and Phillip Kelly are two U of M students who hope to foster a better sense of community with the West Bank side of campus. Their solution? An internship that allows Cedar-Riverside youth the chance to work at the duo’s skateboard store, TurtleKing Longboards, according to the TC Daily Planet.

The business owners opened their longboard shop in June and partnered with two community organizations—the Cedar-Riverside Youth Council and the Minneapolis STEP-UP Program—to show local teens how to design, build, and sell the product; eventually, they can create their own unique board for keeps. The Cedar-Riverside Youth Council is recruiting interns now, planning for between five and 10 participants in July. Swanson told the TC Daily Planet, he and Kelly want to have a workplace that’s “beyond longboarding,” where the kids can contribute new ideas at work.