When you make a donation to Youth Sailing Virginia, Inc., you give the opportunity for youth in the Hampton Roads area the ability to experience and develop life skills including:
- team work
- decision making
all of which can be applied from this age through their adult life. Your gift allows us to share the sport of sailing and provide opportunities for those less fortunate, by bringing our community together on the water and beyond.
5 Easy Ways to Support Youth Sailing Virginia
In 2019, we taught 180 high school and middle school youth how to sail through our sailing programs.
- Our High School Racing program provided opportunities for 78 students from 7 high schools to honed their competitive sailing skills during regular practices and regattas sponsored by the Virginia Interscholastic Sailing Association (VISA). Our racing program included students from Kecoughtan, Phoebus, Hampton, Bethel High Schools, Hampton Roads Academy, Walsingham Academy and Peninsula Catholic School.
- Our Learn to Sail program enabled 75 middle school youth to learn to swim and learn to sail. We created partnerships with community organizations including the City of Hampton Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services, Boys and Girls Club, and Alternatives Inc. to expand opportunities for disadvantaged youth in our community. Our Learn to Sail program incorporated Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) using U.S. Sailing’s REACH curriculum.
- We provided scholarships to 65% of our Learn to Sail program participants through the combined efforts of our partners and generous supporters, like you!
- Provided opportunities for 30 Sea Scouts to experience sailing and develop sailing skills during their spring sailing event.
Our sailing programs enabled youth to experience the many benefits of sailing. While out sailing, our youth had fun and learned skills that will serve them well throughout their life. Independence, concentration, self-reliance, decision making, teamwork and leadership are just a few of the life skills that develop in youth sailing