140+ off the grid and onto the water!
What a summer! So far this season we've taken 146 mentees from age 6 to 26 off the grid and onto the water. 1 in 10 youth have never seen Lake Michigan before! One mentor, age 32, had never seen the lake or sailed before going out with us!
This year, the number of mentoring organizations we've worked with doubled in comparison to last year. We now have over 30 growing relationships with organizations that together serve hundreds of kids in Chicago's most under-resourced communities.
We are currently taking significant steps toward working with high school student interns from those same communities. One of our goals for the 2018 sailing season is to have high school interns working with us in partnership with job training programs through our partnering organizations. This summer we saw our high school interns enjoy taking the helm, add their own style to leading, and it was rewarding to see the impact their initiative had on the youth they led!
To all of our volunteers, we want to say THANK YOU for all your time, hard work, and heart you've so generously invested into this season. We couldn't have done it without you!
The fun isn't over yet! We have more introductory sailing events lined up before harbors close in October. Volunteers, we look forward to working alongside all of you for the rest of the season.