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The secret sauce of the SailFuture model lies in the interconnectedness of our services: personalized high school, long-term housing, job training, life coaching, and sailing.

 

Right-of-passage sailing experience

Right of passage sailing experiences help youth reimagine their life possibilities and challenge their self concept through exposure, physical challenge, teamwork, and service learning.

Youth navigate a 65’ sailing vessel more than 1,500 miles around the state of Florida during a 3-month service-learning program. They live on board with three staff - a Captain, Counselor, and certified high school teacher.

Their journey takes them to 11 different ports in Florida, where they lead community service projects, visit every college and university in the state, and shadow professionals at dozens of different businesses. They also participate in fully accredited high school coursework while at sea and in port.

Our experiences at sea help our staff and kids return home and live together as a family bonded through shared experience. These relationships empower our teacher be more better in the classroom and equip our counselor unravel past trauma and help our boys develop effective coping mechanisms to their triggers.

 

Experiential High School

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SailFuture operates a fully accredited high school through Pinellas County School Board designed to fit the unique learning styles and educational challenges our students face.

All youth at the SailFuture Group Home are enrolled at SailFuture’s accredited high school. Our certified teachers lead students through a blended curriculum of online, project-based, and community service-based learning.

By integrating a fully accredited school model into our residential program, we are able to cater to our students individual educational needs and provide 1:1 support to ensure high school graduation or GED attainment.

 

Service Learning & Job Training

All youth receive comprehensive job training through hands-on community service projects.

SailFuture prepares youth through the workforce through skill-building and passion-finding activities built into sailing, home life, and community service.

During their 3-month service-learning journey around the state of Florida, youth shadow and tour dozens of businesses and visit every college and university in the state. Through their 7-day community service projects at each of the 11 ports, our boys work as a team to lead complex projects that teach them to think critically, work as a team, bear responsibility, and communicate effectively.

By the time our graduates enter the workforce, they have both a good idea of what they are passionate about and a strong set of tools that would make them compelling candidates for most any entry-level position.

 

Life Coaching & Counseling

SailFuture’s counselors are able to make significant break-throughs with the youth we serve because they are not just counselors – they are sailing partners, house parents, and have relationships with the boys outside of therapy.

SailFuture’s counselors are able to make significant break-throughs with the youth we serve because they are not just counselors – they are sailing partners, house parents, and have relationships with the boys outside of therapy.

A counseling session at SailFuture may take place while steering the boat through a night watch or while walking to a service project site. Each youth works with their youth counselor to develop a personal development plan that addresses employment, educational, housing goals to work towards upon returning home.

 

Long-Term Housing

SailFuture’s counselors are able to make significant break-throughs with the youth we serve because they are not just counselors – they are sailing partners, house parents, and have relationships with the boys outside of therapy.

Instead of hourly staff, our boys live with house parents—the same teacher and counselor that they lived with during their 3-month sailing journey around the state of Florida.

While living in the home, the boys are also required to work a part-time job, complete weekly chores, and attend school or GED classes during the week. The continuity of these relationships, house expectations, and high-level of trust fosters an authentic feeling of home where our boys can continue to grow and work towards their goals.