Help Outdoor Afro ensure every child and caregiver within our sphere of influence learns how to swim.
Swimming is a life-saving and nature-embracing skill. Outdoor Afro launched “Making Waves” during 2019 in response to the alarming number of Black children who drown today tied to the historic prohibition of Black access to beaches and public pools.
Research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention consistently shows Black youth ages 10 to 14 drown in swimming pools at a rate more than 7.6 times that of white children. This public health disparity is due largely to decades of segregation and exclusion from public swimming spaces.
Making Waves also aims to help Black families and Black communities develop a positive relationship with water. Our 2023 aim: teach 1,000 new swimmers by October with your support. Learn more about this year’s goal here.