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CBC PARTNERS WITH US SAILING FOR STEM PROGRAMS
THROUGH KIALOA YOUTH LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE
The Community Boating Center (CBC) has partnered with US Sailing, the national governing body of sailing, to create a STEM (science, technolgy, engineering, and math) pilot program with the goal of serving as a national model for inner-city outreach initiatives.
Funded by a grant from the John B. and Nelly Llanos Kilroy Foundation, the program focuses on STEM and quality programming specific to the challenges of engaging inner-city youth in the sport of sailing.
Quality standards adapted from the Providence After-School Alliance (PASA) have been matched with US Sailing instructional materials and best practices to help ensure consistent, high quality programming. Local youth from Rhode Island based Boys and Girls Clubs met twice per week each, four days per week total, for four weeks in August 2011. The culmination of the program included a City Sail-Off regatta for bragging rights as Top-Dawg sailors of Providence, RI, capital of the Ocean State.
John OFlaherty, Executive Director of CBC, commented We are thrilled to serve as a basis for a national model to ensure that community sailing programs nationwide have access to high-quality STEM programming standards for all deserving youth sailors.
The United States Sailing Association (US SAILING) is the national governing body for sailing. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, the organization provides leadership, promotes integrity, and fosters growth for the sport of sailing in the United States. US SAILING offers training and education programs for instructors and race officials, supports a wide range of sailing organizations and communities, issues offshore rating certificates, and provides administration and oversight of competitive sailing across the country, including National Championships and the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Teams. For more information, please visit www.ussailing.org.
Community Boating Center (CBC) is a non-profit, 501c3 recreational organization offering all members of the community an opportunity to sail. Located in India Point Park, CBC provides outreach, sailing lessons and affordable access to the Providence waterfront. Gifts of cash or property to CBC may be treated as charitable donations for Federal Tax purposes.
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