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2019, 2020


Providence, RI

Community Boating Center, Providence

Sailorships and STEM Education

Community Boating Center’s (CBC) after-school and summer program uses the fun and excitement of sailing to encourage students to focus on higher levels of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) academic achievements, environmental connection, and career ambitions. CBC’s youth summer scholarship program provides funding for low to moderate-income children and teens to attend sailing and paddling lessons at CBC. Additionally, this project will partner with Providence public schools, the Boys and Girls Club, and the Sophia Academy to develop mentorships that provide quality, out-of-school-time programming that promotes physical, social, and emotional well-being for underserved, at-risk youth in Providence public and independent/charter schools.


  • Provide access to the week-long Youth ‘Sailorships’ Summer Program, providing on-water STEM education activities for 34 students from Providence public schools.
  • Engage over 100 students in twice-weekly after-school and summer STEM education through a four-week sailing program.
  • The organization utilizes US Sailing REACH curriculum, along with lessons on local water quality and marine debris, to inspire environmental stewardship of natural resources such as Narragansett Bay.

About Community Boating Center, Providence

Founded as a non-profit charitable organization, CBC offers a variety of opportunities that allow the general public to experience the thrill of sailing in upper Narragansett Bay. Its mission is to provide instruction and access to recreational sailing and boating for all, with an emphasis on children, without regard to financial station. CBC provides programs that build self-esteem, broaden horizons, advance environmental awareness, and nurtures a true sense of community in which the diversity of the urban environment is respected and encouraged.

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