Sail Chicago sponsors three summer community outreach programs aimed at Chicago-area youth. Some wonderful sails have been completed and it seems likely that more than a few young people now see sailing as a sport they'd like to learn. The three programs are:
- Urban Youth Sailing Sail Chicago here works with Association House which is dedicated to promoting health and educational opportunities for multi-cultural enrichment. Urban Youth sailors are aged ten to 13, and they receive their first experience sailing with us on one of our Colgates. Trips out on the Lake last for an hour or two and meet at 1:00 p.m. every Tuesday in July and August at Monroe Street Harbor.
- Schüler Scholar Program This organization works with high-potential but under-served students to prepare them for attendance at the most competitive colleges and universities. All through high school, Schuler scholars are tutored and counseled to ensure they reach their high potential. Sail Chicago provides one of the Schuler Scholar Program's enrichment activities by sponsoring sails aboard our Colgate fleet. Sails last for two to three hours and leave at 1:00 p.m. every Wednesday from mid-June to mid-August from Monroe Harbor.
- Lawrence Hall Youth Services For eight years, Sail Chicago has worked with this service organization to provide a sailing experience for the adolescents that they serve. The young people who sail with us get to take the helm of our cruising boat, Priorities, and learn a bit about the art of sailing. Sails last for two to three hours and leave Belmont Harbor at 1:00 p.m. every Tuesday from mid-June to August 31.
Every youth program cruise has a Sail Chicago skipper and first mate supervising. Counselors from the various programs also sail with us. Sail Chicago volunteers earn service time for their sails as well as the satisfaction of helping very deserving youth...and having a lot of fun, too. To volunteer for any of these programs contact the Sail Chicago program coordinator by clicking on any one of these: Urban Youth, Schuler Scholar, or Lawrence Hall.