The year consists of a two-week sailboat training on the Willamette River and two-weeks of wilderness survival training for upcoming 10th-grade students.
The purpose of this program is to provide the opportunity for students to empower themselves and learn survival skills that connect them to the natural environment through Wilderness Survival Training and Sailing Courses. The program builds trust, leadership skills, self-confidence, and teamwork.
We partner with outstanding local organizations to provide our students with the best professional guidance and enriching experiences;
Willamette Sailing Club
Island Sailing Club
Students gain a lasting personal mentor and role model, available to offer guidance following the program.
SCHOOL YEAR AT SEA
EXPECTED TO LAUNCH SEPTEMBER 2024
Following the Wilderness Survival Training and Sailing Courses, we introduce the opportunity for 11th graders to travel an entire school year at sea.
Traveling aboard a sailing vessel offers an environment that positively challenges students with situations and routines that only can be mastered through cooperation, teamwork, trust, personal responsibility, confined personal space, and continual physical and mental demands.
Each person on board will learn quickly that success depends on each student's contribution; everyone aboard a vessel has responsibilities that impact the well-being and productivity of the entire crew and voyage.
EXPECTED TO LAUNCH 2025
After completion of the Year at Sea, students will be invited to remain in Portland to live under Sail2Change housing while attending 12th grade at a local High School.
During this year, students may choose to work part-time for the organization for pay. The same amount earned will be set aside in escrow by Sail2Change and will be available as part of tuition if the student decides to register for continued education. Students are able to apply for mentorship and spokesperson positions.