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  

7 people found this review helpful

Piers Park is an absolutely remarkable place. To me, Piers Park is all about accessibility. The design of the space and of the programs make it possible for a variety of non-traditional sailors to savor the harbor. Disabled sailors come to Piers Park to really sail, not just to be sailed around. Children and adolescents come to Piers Park to learn and grow, not just for a pleasant summer activity. The staff at Piers Park seems to be always growing themselves and are constantly looking out for ways to better serve their communities. It's a great place, worthy of support...don't miss out on any chance to be part of this!

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

watching the youth staff grow as leaders over the course of the summer.

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

dedicated, deeply caring and really fun to hang around with.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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6 people found this review helpful

PPSCis different from other sailing programs due to the fact that it is all inclusive, its amazing to see kids with disabilities of all sorts sailing. My daughter has been involved with other sailing programs in the city and has learned more in two summer sessions at PPSC than any other program. They really teach, and the kids really learn. Amazing program !!!!

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

watching my daughter place in a sailing race week

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

any experience that gives my daughter the ability to grow

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

experienced, personable, and all inclusive

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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10 people found this review helpful

I've sailed with Piers Park Sailing for several years and delight in the wonderful youth they serve. Piers Park Sailing does more than just introduce at-risk kids to a sport and a world out on the water that they might never experience otherwise - Piers Park Sailing creates young leaders. The kids who learn to sail at Piers Park come back to teach others. Often they progress to study maritime trades, ecology or the environment.

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

Knowing that my enjoyment of sailing in Boston Harbor and the Harbor Islands National Park supports the non-profit mission of Piers Park Sailing to bring sailing to at-risk Boston youth and to create stronger, smarter young people.

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

Bring sailing, sport, leadership and a love of the outdoors to every Boston youth.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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5 people found this review helpful

I had 15 years of sailing experience prior to joining Piers Park Sailing Center in 2007. PPCS has proved to me that disabled people can sail. In my prior life, I was an Outward Bound Instructor. PPSC has brought out the confidence I have in my ability. I highly recommend sailing as a life-long sport. The boats and staff at PPSC are extraordinary. The boats are easy to sail and the staff find ways to help people have a great time.

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

buy new boats.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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5 people found this review helpful

I have been living in East Boston for nearly two years, and I am convinced that there is no other community like this in the world. The success of the Piers Park Sailing Center is exemplified in the stories of many of its participants, but more importantly, its mere existence is a source of pride for the people of this neighborhood. For years, this organization has penetrated the hearts and souls of every person living in the region, and now for the first time, PPSC is gaining international recognition for its programs that provide access, recreation and therapy for people with disabilities. Many of us here in East Boston count down the days until the start of the season. Hundreds of children and adults of all abilities wait eagerly for the boats to hit the water each spring. Truthfully though, the profound impact of this program stretches far beyond sailing. It fosters hope, confidence and community in a neighborhood that would otherwise be lost. Thanks PPSC!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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

Knowledgeable, welcoming, and organized.

Ways to make it better...

Its not secret that an organization like PPSC has a significant amount of overhead. Maintaining a fleet of sailboats is an expensive task. However, further focus on facilities and equipment would be at the top of my list.

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One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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