2017, 2018, 2019, 2020


Stamford, CT


Young Mariners STEM Academy

SoundWaters Young Mariners STEM Academy provides a rigorous hands‐on summer learning experience through a STEM based curriculum, while at the same time building self-confidence through outdoor water and sailing focused programming for underserved and low-performing students. These children are entering 5th – 9th grade in Stamford Public Schools (SPS) and are selected and invited to participate based on low academic performance. Entering 5th grade, they are typically 1-2 grade levels behind their peers. Young Mariners is intended to prevent them from falling further behind during the summer (aka, “summer slide”) and launch them into the next school year with confidence and positive momentum. Students are invited to return each summer for increasingly more challenging STEM learning and outdoor experiences, eventually progressing to become counselors-in-training, education assistants, and SoundWaters SoundGeneration interns during the school year.

  • Conduct an intensive summer academic and enrichment program designed for 125 elementary and middle school children, who are underperforming in core subjects, using sailing as a platform to excite kids about learning and counter the effects of “summer slide.”
  • Integrate outdoor, hands-on science education and experiences into each day’s activities, filling an important need for children to connect with their local environment.
  • Create lessons and activities to instill confidence when a child is confronted with new challenges; to help students develop strategies for solving problems in math and science; and most important, to create, through innovative activities, a desire and excitement for learning. Students learn to sail and swim, build a boat, conduct experiments, keep journals, write creatively, investigate their local environment, and play games.

About SoundWaters

SoundWaters is a recognized and trusted organization across the Long Island Sound region, working with 146 partners across 65 communities in Connecticut and New York. They have sustained relationships with communities, schools, businesses and political leaders for over 25 years based on shared values and trust. They have been awarded a 4-star rating, the highest possible, from Charity Navigator, based on financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.

SoundWaters is committed to ensuring that no child or school will be excluded from their programs due to an inability to pay. Knowledge about, and access to the benefits of Long Island Sound are far too limited already for so many in the region. Close to 50% of the students they teach come from low income communities and receive full or partial scholarship assistance. The generosity of corporate, foundation and individual supporters enables their work, whether it’s an education sail aboard the Schooner SoundWaters, STEM education at their Coastal Education Center or summer camp or Young Mariners scholarships for children.


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