S.I.T. Workforce Development Program
The Sailing Instructor Training (S.I.T.) program is a workforce development and college preparation program for Baltimore City high school students. It is run by the DSC in partnership with the Baltimore City's YouthWorks summer jobs program. Interested!? YouthWorks Registration opens Jan. 3, 2017 and closes March 10th!
The S.I.T. Program is a way for our sailing community to help change people's lives for the better through sailing. In many ways, however, we have found that our S.I.T.s and graduates contribute more to improving sailing than sailing has improved them. S.I.T. graduates who stay on with our programs have consistently proven themselves at the top and the bottom levels of our summer programming, leading our Juniors, STEM, and even our S.I.T. programming and influencing the direction of the DSC curriculum and pedagogy. Our longterm partners for youth recommendations include the Bridges Program at St. Paul's School and two local high schools, Digital Harbor and Cristo Rey.
Throughout the course of a summer, trainees learn sailing, leadership, and coaching skills in addition receiving financial literacy and getting paid. They study with a professional SAT preparatory instructor, improve their teamwork through team building events, and culminate their experience with a capstone overnight sailing adventure. After graduating the S.I.T. program, these young adults become mentors and role models to the younger youth from their own communities through the our various Outreach, STEM, and Junior Programs.
This intensive summer job program also includes:
- American Red Cross First aid and CPR Certification
- US Powerboating Safe Powerboat Handling Certification
- US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification
- Public speaking application
- Coaching practice and application
- Teaching theory and application
The goals of the program are two-fold:
- Help develop natural talent from youth who would otherwise not be exposed to sailing and create employment opportunities for these young adults for many summers to come.
- Celebrate the joy of diversity through a program that encourages our organization to constantly improve our celebration of the human body and human spirit through sailing education.
For Testimonials, click HERE (Baltimore Sun) and HERE (ABC2 News)
Class of 2012 and 2013
Class of 2015 Boatbuilding Project