Portage Ontario and the Broad Reach Foundation for Youth Leaders have partnered to offer youth in Elora’s Rehabilitation Centre a sailing initiation program. The goal is to allow young people who have lived though times to discover a unique activity in an exceptional setting.
Founded in 1998, Broad Reach Foundation for Youth Leaders is a registered charity built on partnerships with youth-serving agencies in the Toronto community. Offering the only free program for at-risk youth, aged 13 – 24, that combines building life skills, job training and sailing on board one of their fleet of 35’ – 40’ sailboats, the foundation has introduced life skills education through sailing to over 3,500 young people.
Their specially structured sailing programs promote physical activity and exposes young people to a social environment that they may not otherwise have the opportunity to encounter and enjoy.
With common goals such as building self-esteem, confidence, problem solving, reliability and responsibility in the youth they each serve; Portage Ontario and Broad Reach Foundation partnered to make available the unique sailing program to the youth in Portage’s aftercare program over the summer.
Several of the young men and women from Portage attended the sailing lessons over the weekends. They also earned their small pleasure craft license. This was an opportunity they might never have experienced.
The program is expected to continue next year.