Piers Park Sailing Center Inc

Rating: 5 stars   12 reviews

Issues: Environment, Sports

Location: 95 Marginal St East Boston MA 02128 USA

Mission: Piers Park Sailing Center is a community sailing center that uses Boston Harbor and the seas beyond to provide year round recreational, educational and personal growth opportunities for people of all ages and abilities.
Results: Achievement: Improved academic performance and graduating from high school. Learning job skills to gain employment. Prevention: Living healthy, active lifestyles to prevent obesity and depression. Avoiding peer pressure and not engaging in violent or risky behavior. Development: Building tolerance and understanding of their peers of all backgrounds and abilities. Realizing their full potential to become engaged citizens and live productive adult lives.
Target demographics: Our youth development program serves youth who are at-risk or living with disabilities. Participants are ages 7-18 from East Boston and other primarily low-income, diverse neighborhoods in the cities of Boston, Chelsea, Lynn, and Revere. The majority of the populations from the neighborhoods we serve are recent immigrants and English is not spoken at home. These neighborhoods provide few healthy eating options. 80% program participants qualify for free lunches and participate in our free summer food service project.
Geographic areas served: Boston, Chelsea, Lynn, Western Mass
Programs: The flagship of PPSC is our free Summer Youth Program. Each year more than 500 young people, aged 10 to 18, able and disabled, enjoy learning to sail, race, and explore the islands of Boston Harbor. From April through October we teach sailing to dozens of adults, and offer Sailing Passes for adults, and their families and friends, to enjoy the unique recreational resource of Boston Harbor with the boats in our fleet. We support a weekly race series and host several special events each year. Our facility and dock are fully wheelchair accessible, as is our fleet of sailboats. The majority of our fleet is made up of Sonar class sailboats, which are one of the boats sailed in the Paralympics. Our Adaptive Sailing Program teaches sailing to people of all levels of physical ability; it is headed by Maureen McKinnon-Tucker, a gold medalist in the 2008 Paralympic Games.
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EIN 04-3411388
617-561-6677
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Rating: 5 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

Nearly 40 years experience in sailing and maintaining sailboats from 10-44 feet and teaching my children and others to sail.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

working with the physically and mentally challenged sailors at Piers Park. In addition I work with the staff to plan and carry out activities to serve the Adaptive Sailing Membership.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the enthusiasm, imagination, knowledge and determination of the members of the Adaptive Sailing committee.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

"disabled" to a degree and two of the committee members are quadriplegic and one is paraplegic. The paraplegic member is a Gold Medal Winner in Sailing at the Paralympic Games in Beijing, China.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

develop and test more equipment to help more disabled people to participate in sailing. Hire professional staff to expand the adaptive programs. Custom rig 2 or three more sailboats. Build a new office to accommodate the disabled staff members.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

 
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5 people found this review helpful

Piers Park Sailing Center brought me up since I was just 10 years old. In the Fall of 2000 I started sailing with Piers Park. I was so impressed and happy with them that I decided to stay with them and do all of their spring, summer and fall sailing sessions. At the age of 15 I became a future leader, training to become a sailing instructor. Now as a cadet at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, I still teach sailing to the youth and underprivileged of the city. I am giving back to a place that gave me so much.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand their fleet of boats and offer much more to the community. We are small and serve as many people as we can. We just wish we could help more!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

 
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6 people found this review helpful

This organization serves so many people in the community by giving them the opportunity to learn to sail. Youth, teens, and adults from all backgrounds and abilities are given an opportunity most could not afford on their own. It also teaches everyone the treasure that we have, the Boston Harbor and its importance to our everyday life. I highly recommend this organization to anyone that wants to learn a life long skill, and to someone who wants to meet great people. My wife, and my one year old son enjoy sailing. Our hope is for our son to learn this skill and gain the confidence he needs to succeed in life.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

becoming a confident sailor.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting great people who enjoy sailing.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly, outgoing, and nice.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

serve more youth, expand its training facility, buy larger boats, and expand its reach and course offerrings to serve more members of the community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

 
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