Youth Program

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For the past four years, I have had the privilege of working with students from Swim Sail Science, a program Courageous created in partnership with Boston Public Schools. The SSS program aims to serve students who are at risk of summer learning loss. These students continue their academic studies through the summer, in conjunction with sailing, swimming, and marine science lessons. Through the different aspects of this program, my students cultivate a passion and new found comfort for the sea. Many
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My 18th birthday, this April, inspired me to do some serious thinking about what it means to be mature and how I define adulthood. At the same time that I was working through these big questions for myself, I became a member of the senior staff for the first time at Courageous. Although I was extremely eager to take a step up on the totem pole and accept more responsibility, this new job title did frighten me. I had never driven a powerboat and the
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This summer, I was a sailing instructor in Courageous' Swim Sail Science program (otherwise known as SSS). The SSS students are from various diverse backgrounds and live all over the city of Boston. With that being said, the kids represent several different ethnicities and do not always speak English as their first language. This summer, the students' first languages ranged from Spanish and Portuguese all the way to Cantonese and Mandarin. During the first week of the program, we started to
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This past spring, Courageous received a donation that allowed the purchase of two J/80s.  J/80s are 26-foot-long sloop-rigged sport boats, with a roller furling headsail and an asymmetrical spinnaker.  The intention is, assuming Courageous likes the J/80s and finds that they suit its needs, to replace the aging J/22 fleet with a fleet of more modern J/80s over the next few years. I first heard about the J/80s in a March Facebook post from Courageous.  I was excited; it’s not every
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This summer, my second at Courageous, I had the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the Youth Program as a whole. Previously while working with the Instructors in Training, I only had a narrow view of that one piece of Courageous. Returning to Courageous, I was excited to become a part of the Step Program as well as Swim, Sail, Science. The week before the program, while defining what my position was going to entail this summer, we talked about
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