Mission: Hudson River Community Sailing is a non-profit 501c3 organization dedicated to developing leadership in underserved New York City youth through sailing education and providing maritime recreation to the community at large.
Programs: Youth program - develops leadership and academic skills needed by students to succeed in high school and prepare for college and the work place. Important life skills such as teamwork, self-reliance, persistence and responsibility augment the academic skills that are developed through the mediums of sailing and boat building. The youth program consists of multiple projects which include, but are not limited to: sail academy - a year-long after-school project offered, in partnership with seven new york city public schools, to students entering their first year of high school which provides the opportunity for the students to earn academic credit in mathematics, science, and physical education by participating in hands-on boating combined with classroom instruction; first mates - after successfully completing the sail academy project, students are eligible to continue in the first mates project which uses volunteers to provide mentoring, college preparation, homework support, and career discovery while also furthering the development of expertise in sailing and the marine environment, boat building and maintenance, navigation, and racing; and city sail - a fee-based, week-long summer youth camp which provides any student in grades 6 - 11, many of whom receive full or partial scholarships, the opportunity to learn to sail, develop leadership and teamwork, and understand basic scientific concepts related to sailing.
adult program - a fee-based sailing and membership program which offers adults a us sailing sanctioned community sailing center, sailing lessons and classes. Fees and dues from this program are used to subsidize the costs of the projects which are provided to underserved youth at reduced or no cost through the youth program.
I'm a crew-level member of the HRCS sailing club. This is the best deal on the Hudson and it makes me additionally proud that all the proceeds go towards high-school education. This organization does an amazing job for those kids and for the community in large.
I have both donated and volunteered with Hudson River Community Sailing (HRCS) and am a huge fan of this organization. HRCS's "Sail Academy" recruits students from New York public high schools and engages them in a year of academic after school programming using sailing and boat building as its medium. The program has had amazing success in improving both the students' interest and skills in math and science. Not to mention teaching the students the importance of teamwork and leadership. The staff is intensely dedicated and committed to making sailing accessible to all members of the community, often working weekends and late nights to help grow the organization and to make it a success in the face of minimal resources. I highly recommend supporting this organization by volunteering and/or making a donation. Given that HRCS is located on the Hudson River, they are especially in need of donations to help recover from Hurricane Sandy.