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Los Angeles Maritime Institute

Rating: 4.97 stars   31 reviews 1,182

Address:

Berth 73 Suite 2 San Pedro CA 90731 USA

Mission:

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 young person can look to the future with confidence. Sail training uses the experience of being at sea, as part of the crew, as a means to help youth learn about themselves, discover hidden strengths and talents, and understand the value of working as a team.

Results:

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.

Target demographics:

young people develop the problem solving and leadership skills needed for adult life, and discover maritime and marine biology career paths.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

3,500 youth

Geographic areas served:

Title 1 schools and socio-economically challenged communities throughout Los Angeles County.

Programs:

TopSail Youth Program, Student Ocean Scientist Program, Science at Sea Programs, Volunteer Youth Crew Program, Boat Building Program, Adventure Learning Voyages to Channel Islands.

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310-833-6055
http://www.lamitopsail.org/

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Reviews for Los Angeles Maritime Institute

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a volunteer crew member for about 14 months. Sailing with LAMI is a fantastic experience. We have the boat, the ocean, the sun (or rain), and we are surrounded by captain and crew members who are knowledgeable, happy and having a wonderful time. As a volunteer crew member, I'm learning more with every sail, and I'm helping kids to learn too.

I recommend LAMI to everyone who loves tall ships, because volunteers can work and sail on a tall ship. At the same time, they are helping kids to expand their horizons while experiencing the magic of teamwork.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2016

 
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I was volunteer crew for several years with LAMI. The staff is fantastic. It was always amazing to see the transformation of the school kids who trained with us. The kids often came on board tentative and shy, but after learning about the ship, taking on the responsibility of being part of the crew, and working together as a team, they left full of pride and confidence in their newfound skills. The ships and the program offer a one of a kind experience and is transformative.

 
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I worked as an AB/deckhand for LAMI in 2005-2006. I was a green deckhand with lots of excitement but little knowledge or experience. I think LAMI gave me the experience I needed not just for my career (I am a small charter boat captain) but also for life. I learned attention to detail and the importance of hard work and doing your assigned task. But the job was fun! I got to climb masts and set sails with excited kids! Combining work ethic with that important sense of excitement and fun makes everything my job and life is today. I still have an Irving Johnson T-shirt (a bit worn out) and a turkshead on my ankle, and I still wear them with pride.

 
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I began volunteering with LAMI after my son's science class took a week long voyage. He had so much fun that I had to join in. He continued with the Youth Crew and I became a crew member.

The education that the kids (trainees!) get can't be found anywhere else. It's not simply the science lessons like physics or astronomy or geometry, but the life lessons. Learning to plan and prepare meals for a lot of people, for instance. The best lessons are the personal ones like self-confidence (climbing the rigging there's nobody but you and the ship), team work (it takes a lot of people to manage the sails and get underway) and responsibility (standing watch at 2AM, or steering the ship.)

 
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LAMI TopSail is a great non-profit! It's geared towards helping students from elementary to high school build self confidence and learn skills that they can carry with them through life. I really admire their passion and dedication. Since being here I've experienced nothing but kindness and encouragement. I am a single mother with a little boy of my own, so I would definitely consider taking my son on a sail or sending him to spend a weekend learning the ways of the sea. I feel that LAMI is very important for kids because they not only teach skills on how to work on a team, leadership, self-sufficiency, communication, and many more but they are very environmentally friendly and working towards conserving the ocean. There is a lot of collaboration between LAMI and other organizations to make the community and the ocean a better place for everyone. I'm very happy that I've gotten the opportunity to work with everyone here. :)

 
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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 the rough points of high school. Essentially, my great, angsty, teenage rebellion became sailing with this wonderful alternate family, and I am so lucky for the experience. I'm now finishing up a graduate degree at Northwestern University, and I doubt I would have traveled the same path if I had never gone sailing.

 
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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 transforms these youths into eager participants. We very quickly can see the kids who are eager to learn, to take the helm, challenge themselves to go aloft, to try something new, to step into a leadership position and "lead" a team tacking sails or preparing a meal. It's an analogy for life; you can choose to participate, or you can choose to observe. The Brigantines Irving and Exy Johnson allow all participants, whether youth crew or adult volunteers, to find exhilerating new opportunities for personal growth in a wonderfully unique environment. From seeing dolphins cavorting at the bow of the ship, to going aloft or taking the wheel, to just being on a boat for the first time and experiencing natures bounty, the Brigantines of the Los Angeles Maritime Institute are the vehicles for opening windows into a whole new world for the youths that have the opportunity to sail with us.
This is an invaluable organization providing countless happy memories and educational moments to the youth of Los Angeles. I strongly encourage support of this fantastic organization!

 
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This is one of the most effective youth programs I have ever seen!

I can't count how many youth I've seen turn from borderline angry when they came on deck, to peaceful teenagers with more perspective on their lives, when they left. And all inside a single day...

There is something very special going on at LAMI, whose traditions I hope will continue for years to come. How I hope I can conrtibute to the on-going community service that blooms at LAMI!

 
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I have worked with kids, in the school setting, for about 17 years. Although I have always found my work rewarding, I was looking for a different opportunity to support our youth. I just recently started volunteering with LAMI and have been absolutely blown away at the positive impact this group makes every day. In large part, I attribute this to the passion and dedication of the organizers, coordinators, and boat crews. Top notch all the way.

Best of all, they are planting seeds of success that will sprout for generations.

Mike V.

 
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LAMI has captivated our heart for a long long time... their amazing work and their amazing spirit flows on the waves of the Pacific... We are so lucky to have been involved in several occasions with you guys, thanks for the friendship, thanks for the community involvement, thanks for your high spirit...
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Marcia + Jorge Vismara

 
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