2018 – 2021
New York City, NY
Hudson River Community Sailing
For public school students in New York City, interactions with their local waterways are limited or non-existent. Hudson River Community Sailing’s flagship program, Sail Academy, gets students out on the Hudson River and provides year-round youth development, academic enrichment, and leadership education through sailing and boatbuilding. The curriculum is student-centered, discovery learning with math, science, and leadership taught through on-water STEM education and hands-on activities.
Following years of success at its headquarters in the Chelsea neighborhood, and with the support of 11th Hour Racing, the Sail Academy piloted a satellite campus in 2018 at the Inwood neighborhood. The Inwood Sail Academy pilot was such a success that the City Council provided funding to build a permanent floating classroom to reach more students.
- Expand the Leadership Intensive program to include spots for 75% of the 9th-grade class, expand the number of Junior Educators from 10 to 17 students.
- Offer summer employment opportunities to students from lower socio-economic backgrounds, and provide the tools they need to build professional experience in ocean-related fields.
- Lead a weekly skipper intensive track for six current Sail Academy students and alumni. This curriculum consists of an intensive small group, on-land, and on-water drills, activities, and lessons.
- Build upon the new student steering council, where students will meet once a month with one another and staff to provide feedback on current program structure and offerings and to brainstorm changes to create a more effective, student-friendly youth program.
- Engage 68 students at Atmosphere Academy and the Salomé Ureña campus in New York City.
- Teach 25 6th-grade students STEM through sailing, carpentry, and teambuilding skills by building and launching boats. Graduate the 25 8th graders that completed their second year of the program. Students will build Remote Operated Vehicles (ROVs) and use them to explore the Hudson River.
- Language acquisition will be part of this program for English language learners.
- Launch a transformative, replicable model for early intervention, leadership development, environmental education, and STEM through a sailing-based platform.
- The goal of the Sail Academy program is to provide year-round, long-term academic and environmental programming for local middle-school students, with a focus on underserved neighborhoods.
- Engage students at a younger age to care about the health of the Hudson River, and provide them with a pathway for future opportunities and support throughout high school to graduation.
- Daily assessments will empower instructors to understand students’ comprehension levels.
About Hudson River Community Sailing
HRCS believes everyone can learn to sail, and that sailing provides a unique opportunity for growth and discovery. The organization uses sailing to fulfill its mission: developing leadership and academic success in under-resourced New York City youth and providing maritime education to the city at large. This work takes place at a vibrant community sailing center, where the organization offers professional instruction, membership, veterans courses, summer camp, group, and corporate events, and community regattas.