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Phone: 310-833-6055
Berth 73
Suite 2

San Pedro
California 90731
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Target demographics: young people develop the skills and character needed for adult life.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2,600 youth

Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Help keep our beautiful ships shipshape! Come down for a maintenance day and work with our crew dockside. Or, volunteer for a special event.

Geographic areas served: Title 1 schools and low-income communities throughout Los Angeles.

Programs: The TopSail Youth Program, Volunteer Youth Crew and Science at Sea (STEM program).

The Los Angeles Maritime Institute (LAMI) serves to empower youth to discover their greater potential through extraordinary at-sea experiences. We envision a thriving community where every child can look to the future with confidence and hope. Sail training uses the experience of being at sea as a means to help youth learn about themselves, discover hidden strengths and talents, and understand the value of working as a team.
Sail training requires youth to confront many demanding challenges, both physical and emotional. It inspires self-confidence and personal responsibility. It promotes an acceptance of others whatever their social or cultural backgrounds, and develops a willingness to take controlled risks. For most youth who undertake sail training on a Tall Ship, it is a positive life-changing experience.

Since our founding in 1992, we have served more than 50,000 youth in under-served communities throughout the Greater Los Angeles Area with transformational experiences at sea.

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LAMI is based in my home town, and I started sailing as a student at 14. Through high school, I spent the bulk of my summers sailing and volunteering through the youth crew program. That time away from school, shore and parents, working so hard with great people; was what kept me in my home town for... more »
I've been a volunteer with LAMI for nearly 3 years. In that time I've observed the effect the program has on often surly or reserved youths, sure they "know it all". When confronted by the Brigantines, with their mass of confusing lines, new language and unfamiliar tasks, this organization quickly ... more »
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