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LOS ANGELES MARITIME INSTITUTE Overview
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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This is my favorite charity. It reaches out to at risk kids from the inner city that may not ever have the chance to sail on the water, and learn the team work it takes to sail a Tail Ship. For some of the kids this may be the 1st time they have been out of a gang area. The crew member Tiny is as...
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 ...
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The volunteers get as much out of this as the kids do...
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