After successfully completing Sail Academy, students are eligible to continue in our First Mates program—which provides a scaffolded set of youth development experiences that prepare students for college and career. Our First Mates continue to develop their skills and expertise in sailing and the marine environment, boat building and maintenance, navigation, and racing. With significant financial support from our neighbors at IAC, and a strong volunteer corp, we provide ongoing mentoring, competitive racing, college entrance preparation, homework support, summer employment assistance, and career discovery. Each summer we provide 10 students with a structured internship where they apprentice with professional sailing instructors to deliver our youth camp, City Sail.

Program Outcomes

Students in First Mates will:

  1. Build a dedication to homework completion, such that grades continue to improve
  2. Be empowered as role models and mentors for younger students
  3. Deepen interest in math and science
  4. Increase ability to use scientific method and learned content to solve problems
  5. Earn certifications from accrediting organizations to demonstrate growth in sailing skills
  6. Gain career awareness through internships and exposure to HRCS Member speakers
  7. Receive support for the college application process

We currently have First Mates from:

  • Manhattan Business Academy
  • NYC Lab School of Collaborative Studies
  • NYC Museum School
  • Landmark High School
  • Hudson High School of Learning Technologies
  • Harvest Collegiate High School

Students receive:

  • Homework help
  • Community service opportunities
  • Science, math, and technology education relating to sailing
  • Individualized weekly tutoring in all academic subjects and test preparation for the Regent’s exams
  • Assistance in job placement for the summer months
  • College application guidance
  • Exposure to mature role models
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