SailFuture's High school mentorship program is a semester-long intervention program for challenging students who are at-risk of expulsion or dropping out of high school.
Youth in this program are disengaged teenagers that have lost respect for the “traditional path.” The average GPA is a 0.6 and many youth are on the verge of expulsion of dropping out of high school.
We specialize in creating second chances reaching and impacting these students that traditional programs have been unable to engage. We reject the idea that they are too far gone or too difficult to work with. Our youth are not disrespectful; they are independent. They are not defiant; they challenge the status quo. They are not troublemakers; they are activists.
Our continued success has been in our innovative curriculum focused on three core components of near-age mentorship, academic interventions and sailing.
Near Age Mentorship
We recruit driven, passionate and relatable college students to become mentors for every one of our students. Mentors are not parent-like figures and they aren’t lecturers. As a team, the partners go through physical, emotional and intellectual challenges throughout the program. We believe that our mentors can learn just as much from our students as our students learn from our mentors.
The challenge with our Fellowship youth is never their intellectual capability. It’s their will to succeed in a traditional academic setting. We work to inspire and empower our students to take control over their own education, and see it’s importance to their future. Every student works with their teachers and Fellowship staff to develop an individual academic plan with weekly benchmarks to ensure their academic progression and timely graduation.
Sailing is the basis of everything we do. Through it, we teach responsibility, inspire confidence and build the foundation of lifelong friendships. It allows us to achieve an equal playing field because both the youth and mentor have no prior sailing experience. Working together, they learn to sail on board 2-person college racing boats. The boats are sensitive to the slightest change in weight, capsize easily and require strong communication and synergy to operate. On the boats with only each other, they gain important life skills, confidence and personal growth, and a genuine friendship that was formed organically.