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 program for at-risk youth that combines building life skills, job training and sailing in a unique setting aboard one of our 35′-40’ sailboats. Through Summer Afloat and Winter Ashore activities, youth aged 13-24, use sailing as a learning medium to develop confidence, leadership, teamwork, responsibility and positive work ethic.
A unique community concept, Broad Reach Foundation has introduced life-skills education through sailing to over 3,500 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, individual donors, 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 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.
To see photos of our fleet. We are quite proud of our matriarch Orca and her sister ship Shillelagh, both Screamers 12M (40 ft), ocean racing yachts Blurrr, a Flying Tiger 10M joined us in 2017 – so swift and nimble that one is! Our beloved Jilàsi, a Cheoy Lee built, Philip Rhodes design Offshore 40 joined the fleet at the end of 2017. In 2019 we will be sailing Sotto Vente, a J105 thanks to the ONtario Trillium Foundation.