The youth in our program are continually learning how to overcome failure and achieve success. As Josh says, "Failure is half of success." In our program, we constantly compare what we're experiencing on the board to what we experience in life. Through these discussions, our young people learn that through hard work, anything is possible, no matter where you start.
When children entered the picture for Josh Hurley and Sarah Hurley, it was more than a life-changing experience. It led to the creation of Switchlife, a nonprofit with a goal of changing the lives of underserved children.
Josh, a professional skateboarder, and his wife, Sarah, provide free skateboarding lessons and mentoring to youths throughout Dallas-Fort Worth, including Haltom City, which recently added the Switchlife program.
Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/northeast-tarrant/article196333604.html#storylink=cpy
We've been blessed by a lot of media attention lately, and this recent article does a great job of showing the need for more community skateparks (We're looking at you, City of Dallas!) and how skateboarding changes lives.
Thank you Clinton Haley of Skateparks of Dallas for the opportunity to share our story!
Josh and Sarah
We're just being so blessed on our mission with SwitchLife! This morning, we were able to lock in an after school program for the teens in a domestic violence shelter. In two weeks, we start weekly programming for children in the Haltom City area. Other program opportunities are in the works, as well!
A year ago when we started this, our dream was to bring joy and help kids chart new life maps for themselves, while providing free programs engaging youth on a physical, mental, and spiritual level. And here we are, doing just that!
If you've ever been afraid to take the leap and pursue your dreams, let us just tell you how very worthwhile it is. Other people might not always understand, but hold fast to your vision and your calling. When we step into our highest destiny (which is always tied to being of service to our planet and each other), our Creator responds and helps us on our journey. It ain't always easy, but it's always worth it!
That being said, our service can't happen without your support. Each donation we receive helps us expand our reach. We hope to have Switchlife programs happening every weekday all over the metroplex. We can reach that goal with your help. Just click here to donate. Thank you to the donors who covered administrative costs this fall, and to those who purchased new gear for our kids. Thank you for spreading smiles and changing lives.
In Service and Gratitude,
Josh and Sarah Hurley
There are things that can happen in life that no one ever expects. Like when two people from vastly different backgrounds happen to scroll past each other’s Instagram feeds and strike up a conversation that leads to lunch. And then lunch leads to the sharing of a dream and inside that dream, love is found. And out of that dream, a mutual purpose and drive to be of service to the children of this world is born.
You could never have told us before we met that so many of our dreams were about to come true. On a beautiful May day in 2016, the co-founders of Switchlife were brought together by circumstances that can only be described as an act of God. And on October 18th, 2017, one year to the day after Switchlife was born, the two people who created the organization came together as one.
It is our greatest hope that Switchlife continue to grow as we grow together and we continue to serve in greater ways- putting more smiles on the faces of children in our community and beyond. With our marriage, we dedicated our lives not only to each other, but to our shared passion for service and being conduits for positive change in the world through Switchlife, the organization that love built.
With Deepest Gratitude,
Josh and Sarah Hurley
SwitchLife is now offering birthday party packages! We bring the fun to you! Instructors, insurance, and gear are provided and all proceeds go to fund programming for needy children. Contact us for pricing and scheduling. Let's skate!
In a recent series of private lessons, Josh Hurley, Switchlife Program Director, had the opportunity to speak with his student about how skateboarding makes a difference in his life.