Los Angeles, CA
STEM EDUCATION FOR UNDER-RESOURCED YOUTH
Each year, LifeSail serves more than 350 students ages 5-18, from schools and partner agencies in Los Angeles County Service Planning Areas. The majority of the students served are from low-income families and attend Title 1 Schools where more than 75% of students receive free or reduced-price lunches. LifeSail’s programs respond to several key areas of need in the disadvantaged communities, which have limited after-school educational and recreational programs and lack of access to safe parks and outdoor spaces. By reaching young people in the context of experiential science, sailing, and boat-building programs, LifeSail empowers participants to develop a love for learning, a connection to the ocean, and the competencies they need to lead healthy, productive, and successful lives.
- Support LifeSail’s year-round STEM Sailing and Boat-Building programming.
- Provide under-resourced youth with the tools and resources to develop self-confidence, learn team building, and improve social skills in a recreational setting while also encouraging hands-on, real-world explorations of STEM topics and environmental stewardship.
- Grow staff capacity, allowing LifeSail to reach additional students.
LifeSail was founded in 2003 to provide underserved youth in the Los Angeles area with programming to develop self-confidence and improve social skills in a fun, recreational setting of sailing and boat-building. The organization’s programs encourage hands-on, real-world explorations of science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) — and ocean stewardship. LifeSail’s strategy, as the first accredited West Coast provider of REACH, US Sailing’s STEM Education Series, is based on the time-tested methods of inspiring youth by using nature as an instructor, adventure as a motivator, and mentorship as a lifeline.
Header image photo credit: LifeSail