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Phone: 310-833-6055
Berth 73
Suite 2

San Pedro
California 90731
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Target demographics: At-risk youth throughout Los Angeles between 10 - 18 years of age.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2,512

Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Help keep our beautiful ships in good order! Come down for a maintenance day and work with our professional crew dockside.

Geographic areas served: San Pedro and Wilmington and Title 1 Schools throughout Los Angeles.

Programs: The award-winning TopSail Youth Program

Los Angeles Maritime Institute (LAMI) uses sail training to provide youth with real-life challenges that develop knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to live healthy, productive lives. Sail training is an adventure activity that includes instruction in all aspects of sailing but its purpose goes far beyond this. 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 underserved communities throughout the Greater Los Angeles Area with transformational experiences at sea.

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As a volunteer-in-training, I am impressed with the importance placed on the educational aspect of this program. I have not yet had the opportunity to make a sail with a group of kids, but I have seen the Youth Crew in action. The Youth Crew are a number of kids who are following up on their ... more »
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