Semester-long intervention program for challenging students who are at-risk of expulsion or dropping out of high school.
SailFuture’s after school mentorship program provides tutoring, mentorship, and a supportive community to help at-risk teens achieve their high school diploma.
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.
Since the program began in 2013, SailFuture has served more than 150 at-risk high school students. 95% of our students have earned their high school diploma and/or remained enrolled in school.
After School Mentorship Program Model
Our success is rooted in an innovative curriculum that blends near-age mentorship, academic interventions, and sailing to create an environment that builds students’ self-worth and provides tools for academic growth.
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.
We work to inspire and empower our students to take control over their own education, and see it’s importance to their future.
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 teaches responsibility, inspires confidence and builds a foundation of lifelong friendships.
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.