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Interested in Becoming an S.I.T.?

What traits should you possess?

  • First-year candidates need to be rising Sophomores or Juniors in High School.
  • The most important thing to know is you will be working outside (in the heat). Candidates should enjoy working outside
  • The second-most important trait to possess is Punctuality. If you don't like to arrive a few minutes early to prep for work, the S.I.T. Program is not for you.
  • Candidates should be ready to show up for all work days, whether it involves sailing or SAT Prep. Summed up with a character trait, candidates should be committed individuals.
  • Ultimately, this S.I.T. program will prepare you for a summer job teaching sailing to youth, persons with disabilities, and adults.
  • Lastly, the DSC is looking for disciplined candidates who are willing to be flexible. Candidates need to be disciplined in their study of the sailing/boating/SAT material and flexible with the weather.

Here's what you need to know:

  • S.I.T.s do not need to know how to swim; however, comfort on the water and in the heat and around kids is a requirement.
  • Potential Employees must go through our interview process, typically conducted through one of our partner organizations - though if a youth is interested, they may contact Stuart via the office phone or by email at stuart@downtownsailing.org to schedule an interview or find out more information.
  • S.I.T.s must be enrolled in YouthWorks
  • The typical entering S.I.T. class is a group of 10 youth, 15-17 years old; some people know each other and others do not. 
  • The S.I.T. Program has a second year component, with 5-8 persons typically returning for a second year. Graduates have the opportunity to become sailing instructors
  • 1st-year S.I.T.s should be rising sophomores or juniors in High School.
  • YouthWorks is 5 weeks of employment. Our program is 8 weeks, with the 3 additional weeks paid by generous grants and foundation support.
More Info You Should Know:
  • First day of work in 2017 will be Tuesday, June 20th
  • Last day of work in 2017 will be Friday, August 11th
  • The workweek is 25 hrs/week
  • M = 9:30-12:30; Tu-F = 9:30-3:30, with 1/2 hr. unpaid lunch
  • The DSC provides basic lunch opportunity, including PB&J, Fruit, & Vegetable. This is a great opportunity to save same $$$
  • Rising Juniors will be required to complete Omni-test's SAT Prep Course on Mondays; Other students will be focusing on ways to improve their college hopes
  • Work starts promptly at 9:30; those who arrive late or unprepared for work will not be paid for their missed time.

Even More Stuff You Should Know:
  • YouthWorks Applications for enrollment are open from January 3rd through March 10th.
  • YouthWorks Interviews end March 23rd.
  • YouthWorkers must be residents of Baltimore City. If you are a resident of Baltimore County, please contact Stuart at the office. 
  • S.I.T.s must be enrolled through YouthWorks in order to be employed by the DSC with few exceptions
  • S.I.T.s will be employees of Baltimore City and Downtown Sailing Center. For YouthWorks, employees will receive check-cards; for DSC, employees will receive paper checks.
  • Dress code for special events is a collared shirt and chino or jean shorts/pants and tennis shoes. Dress code for normal work days is conservative athletic clothing, t-shirt and durable shorts with tennis shoes.
  • S.I.T.s will have homework most nights and the work, while it is "learning to sail", is physical and sometimes physically challenging.
  • We make a commitment to you - please make sure you commit to us this summer!

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1425 Key Highway, Suite 110, Baltimore, MD 21230
410.727.0722 • lynn@downtownsailing.org

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