Los Angeles, CA
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.
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.
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