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Sail2Change is a nonprofit organization, aspiring to improve community equity by empowering our youth through access, opportunity, authentic relationships, and alternative outdoor education.

We provide tools for personal growth while creating an understanding of the natural world complexities through sustainable recreation. We believe that every person has the potential to succeed given the appropriate environment and opportunity. 

Our vision is to provide meaningful experiences for our youth to learn new skills, build self-confidence, and be immersed in opportunities they may have never had access to before. Through our partners, sponsors, and supporters, we can build a community where our youth feel safe to discover the best version of themselves.

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MENTORSHIP

ENVIRONMENT

Spending time outside has significant personal development and wide-ranging health benefits. Exposure to nature contributes to physical wellbeing by reducing blood pressure, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones. 

The youth we serve will gain authentic relationships and support with local community partners, staff, peers, and mentors throughout their experiences.

HEALTH & BEHAVIOR

Through outdoor experiences such as sailing, camping, and hiking, the youth in our programs will be provided the tools to help build self-confidence, learn stress management techniques, conquer fears, along with increasing both physical endurance and mental strength.

 

EDUCATION

Our STEM oriented programs and activities provide marginalized youth with unique experiences that can be used when applying for colleges or specialty schools.

DIVERSIFYING

Our goal is to help close the gap between lower and middle class by providing alternative education that serves as a pipeline for work opportunities in industries that desperately need diversity.  

  

EMPLOYMENT

We plan to serve as a pipeline for countless job opportunities. 

Coast Guard

Teach for America

Maritime Industry

US Forest Service

so much more...

WHY WE ARE UNIQUE

Sail2Change is a long term program that is free for our participants. We have cultivated multiple partnerships in a wide range of communities, to provide access to recreational activities with specialized educational programs, and serve as a pipeline for diverse career opportunities.

WHO WE SERVE

Our program is geared towards youth in 10th to 12th grade who are less likely to transition into adulthood and achieve economic self-sufficiency. 

We offer support to students 10th-12th grade with emotional and behavioral complications, truancy, low-academic performance, and students experiencing a disconnection from the traditional school environment. 

ORGANIZATION

NONPROFIT 501 (C) (3)

REGION

Serving the Pacific Northwest

Based in Portland, Oregon

ENVIRONMENTAL FOCUS

Providing more opportunities in nature is a great way to teach future generations that they don't need to choose between economy and our environment. Our participants cultivate a sense of connection and responsibility as stewards of the environment.

PROGRAMS

Nautical Education

Year at Sea

Monthly Recreational Events

Long-term Mentorship

ACADEMIC YEAR AT SEA

ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION SUMMER PROGRAM

Upcoming 10th-graders
four-week summer program
 
Nautical Education
Mentorship
Monthly Event
11th Grade School Year 
September - June
Foreign Homestay
Sailing Education 
STEM Curriculum
Preparation for Captains License

CONTINUED SUPPORT

12th Grade Year+
Optional Student Housing
Continued Education
Career Opportunites
Continued Mentorship

EMAIL: info@sail2change.org

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