Young Mariners Foundation (formerly Stamford Sailing Foundation) is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing academic and life skills achievement of low income students through after school and summer programs.
So far they have helped over 1,600 children achieve documented and substantial academic, behavioral and aspirational gains in school and out using Sailing as the motivator and the method.
Young Mariners teaches underserved children responsibility, teamwork, math, astronomy, the ecology and marine biology of Long Island Sound and leadership life-lessons both on and off the water. Their curriculum is based on the Connecticut State science, math and social studies standards. It's implemented through a combination of swimming, sailing, afterschool classroom activities and field trips.
Studies show that underachieving kids' academic achievement improves with the inspiration and motivation they gain from after-school and summer activities. It’s for this reason that Young Mariners’ mission of “Keeping Kids on Course” is now more critical than ever; and they are proving that their approach is both effective and efficient with results that will benefit their community for years to come.
Peter Gunn is the Program Director, a 30-year veteran of the Connecticut public school system. He prepared the following PowerPoint presentation detailing the Young Mariners curriculum.