Broad Reach Foundation provides programs based in the sport, science, and experience of sailing for youth from vulnerable communities.The programs combine leadership and life skills development through sail training – a unique model seldom accessible to this population.
Broad Reach works with over 300 youth every July and August in our Summer Afloat Program. They come from a variety of economic and socially challenged environments such as homeless shelters, priority neighbourhoods, young offender programs, and street youth drop-in centres.
Most of these youth have no opportunity to participate in on-water recreational and skills developing activities. To that end, Broad Reach believes that economics should never be a barrier to participation and provides all its programs free of charge.
Thank you for providing me with the opportunity to participate in the Broadreach program. Sailing was an experience I will value for the rest of my life. Gaining this experience of sailing was something I never expected to be involved in. I learned that with sailing, you have to practice good judgement, as well as multitasking.
Sailing, I must admit is quite a challenge, especially when they introduced me to being the skipper. I would like to thank all the instructors for their guidance, as well as their expertise, and making this an enjoyable endeavour. I hope one day I will be in a position that I can donate to your cause so that someone else can go to this program.
Once again thank you.
— MT, program participant