ASTA Intern Matt wrote a great post on the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE blog about the Sloop Providence’s participation in ASTA’s Tall Ships Youth Adventure program. I had a chance to sail with many of these young people during the program’s first week and even over that limited time period it was amazing to see the transformation take place and attitudes change. Read my previous posts here, here, here, here , here, here and here. ASTA Matt wrote:
I think I learned as much in those two weeks as the kids. Sure, I learned some things about sailing, but I learned a lot about working with youth. I learned that you really can make a difference by spending some time with the kids and giving them some attention. And most importantly and most surprisingly ,by giving them some responsibilities – something I remember getting too little of at that age.
I wholeheartedly agree with Matt. I also believe that creating a safe environment of structured freedom makes the adventure one of learning, maturing and fun.
A significant percentage of these teens expressed interest in sailing again next summer and I look forward to working with Middletown’s Public Schools, Substance Abuse Task Force and Police Department in making that happen.
Above photo by astamatt. For more great photos check out the ASTA TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE Flickr account.