“The Reach Initiative at Community Boating Inc. has made a positive impact among the youth in Community Boating’s junior program. Throughout the summer, I noticed how those in attendance became more aware of their environment and became more passionate about the sailing world. I believe this was due to the activities included in the reach curriculum that gave the kids real world and tangible experiences. The effect of the program became apparent when the kids in attendance began to ask more science based questions and their creativity in projects increased. The Reach program has become a staple at CBI where the kids genuinely look forward to learning and have taken on a new perspective in their immediate environment and the sailing world.”
Environmental Science Coordinator
Community Boating Inc.
“The two mentoring sessions held at Community Boating Center, the Reach IT training, and the STEM Program Quality Assessment (PQA) evaluations have been critical in helping us up our game at the Downtown Sailing Center. We’ve got a long way to go but we’re off on the correct foot! Keep up your great work and know it’s making an impact!”
Programs and Education Manager
Downtown Sailing Center
Westwind Sailing Executive Director Diane Wenzel – Dana Point, CA
Dana Point, California
“This is where is all started – the Community Boating Center of Providence. Just a 13 year old kid who’s grandma forced him to go to a summer sailing camp. I remember it like it was yesterday, I hated the first week! But as time went on I started to like the idea of sailing. The following summer I was asked to be a junior instructor. This only led me to love the idea of passing what you know on to the young. When I was 16 they presented me with an opportunity – An opportunity which has changed my life forever. They offered me a sailing instructor position. I learned a lot about myself in the years I was a sailing instructor. I learned from the children who I was instructing. Over time CBC started to trust me not only with the children but they also taught me how to maintain sailboats and from that they taught me how to repair them. There it was, my eyes opened up to a whole new world. My life has had it’s moments but when I’m sailing nothing else matters, I forget about the world, I am stress free and truly happy. With my love for sailing growing everyday I am proud to say that on the 17th of March I will be starting my first full time job at the Martha’s Vineyard Shipyard as one of their riggers. I would like to thank CBC for everything they have taught me and also my family for always being there for me. I am one step closer to my goal.” – Anthony CBC prior student
“The Community Boating Center has offered my students an opportunity to participate in US Sailing’s Reach program, which has facilitated project based-learning and provided students outdoor opportunities that they otherwise would not be able to enjoy. The students have participated in a number of activities from giving back to their community by picking up debris along the Providence Harbor and exploring water quality and ecology. They have enjoyed being a part of the Reach program, which fosters leadership and passion for being on the water!”
– Musheng Alishahi, Village Green Charter School, Science and Special Education Teacher
Community Boating Center partners with several schools when implementing Reach, below is a testimonial provided by a teacher from Village Green Virtual Charter School. They will partner with CBC again this coming spring for their third Reach Program at CBC. Village Green serves students from across the state of Rhode Island.