About Us



Together with youth we work to create a lasting social impact increasing opportunities for engagement, equality and empowerment.


To engage vulnerable youth in the constructive development of knowledge, skills, values and social belonging, through the sport, science and experience of sailing.


Broad Reach provides youth with opportunities to gain an exceptional advantage to learn, mature, aspire, and to contribute wherever they are engaged. We strive to assist youth in being more confident, curious, courageous, caring, resilient, and respectful.

sailing bliss


Founded in 1998, Broad Reach Foundation for Youth Leaders is a registered charity built on partnerships with youth-serving agencies in the Toronto community. Promoting accessibility and inclusion, we believe that economics should never be a barrier to participation.  Offering the only free programs for vulnerable, at-risk, disadvantaged youth that combine building life skills, job knowledge, social belonging through sailing aboard our 35′-40’ sailboats.  Through Summer Afloat and Winter Ashore program activities, youth aged 12-24, benefit from sail training as a learning platform.

A unique community concept, Broad Reach Foundation has introduced experiential education through sailing to over 5,000 young people with economic, social and physical barriers.  Being able to offer our unique programs to youth throughout the Greater Toronto Area is made possible through the generous financial grants and donations from sponsoring organizations, individuals, and the support of the sailing community.  Building on the spirit of community we are grateful for our dedicated team of volunteers who give generously of their money, time and expertise to assist our staff in delivering our programs.

Each year we hope to welcome even more youth and provide them with the basis to become leaders in their communities and share the excitement of sailing with others. We’re also thrilled when some decide to play an active role in our Broad Reach community by becoming peer mentors, working on projects and serving on our Board.

We are able to offer a number of different program experiences, please visit our REGISTRATION page for details of what is available.

To see photos of our fleet. Jilasi, Orca, Blurr and Shillelagh.


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Broad Reach Foundation for Youth Leaders
304 - 20 Lower Spadina Ave
Toronto ON M5V 2Z1
Tel: 416-850-5755
Email: [email protected]