Our young adults are struggling. Depression, anxiety disorders, self-harm, and suicide are all on the rise for teens in the United States. On the Cape and Islands, the rates for depression and substance abuse are higher than national averages, and rates for young adults are even higher. How do we change these patterns so young people will lead lives that are healthy and productive? One answer is in our past.
Historically young people from the Cape and Islands went to sea to learn, develop, and grow. Now American teenagers are averaging 8 hours and 56 minutes of digital media use per day, not including time spent at school or doing homework. The FUEL Program offers to replace mindless media and substance abuse with personal development and growth.
With your support we are building a historical sailing ship that will provide learners adventure and challenge so they may grow. This ship will help young people transition to adulthood the same way great ships from the Cape and Islands once did.
We know that, for many, it is hard to find inspiration from sitting still and being lectured to. That is why we take learners outside the traditional classroom and give them an unforgettable and life-changing adventure. After navigating across oceans on a world-voyaging sailing ship, their education will start working for them. They will gain the ability to problem solve and think for themselves, and the confidence and enthusiasm to live a meaningful life.
Learners will earn college credit while developing socially, mentally, and physically aboard. They will expand their horizons beyond the home, develop leadership skills to bring back to their communities, and discover their potential in a dynamic and challenging environment. They will be shown how to engage with life in meaningful ways and, by doing so, make a positive impact on our world.
By investing in our comprehensive campaign, you are helping create a better world through better people.