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 healthy, productive lives? 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 a way to replace mindless media and substance abuse with personal development and growth.
With your support, we are building a historical sailing ship that will take learners on the journey of a lifetime. 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 your education starts working for you. You gain the abilities to problem solve and think for yourself, 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 home, develop leadership skills to bring back to our community, and discover their own 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 “Build the Ship” capital campaign, you are helping create a better world through better people.