Bay Area Youth Learn About the Environment and Themselves by Building and Sailing a Tall Ship


Educational Tall Ship Inc.

2330 Marinship Way Suite #150

Sausalito, CA 94965

www.educationaltallship.org

January 19, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

“Bay Area Youth Learn About the Environment and Themselves by Building and Sailing a Tall Ship”

An effort to build the Bay Area’s first wooden tall ship in nearly 100 years has loftier goals than just launching an historically inspired vessel. By including youth in the building process, and later, in sailing the ship, the Educational Tall Ship for San Francisco Bay (ETS) hopes to instill youth with confidence in themselves and a respect for their environment.

“Building and sailing a ship like this can really make a difference in how a kid looks at their environment and how they feel about themselves”, says Alan Olson the Executive Director of the project. The goal is to build a 130 foot long wooden schooner and later use the vessel as a teaching opportunity for youth. “We just started our fundraising in the summer and we already have found an overwhelming enthusiasm for the project from our supporters.”, adds Olson. “I think the real enthusiasm comes from their knowledge that this is not just going to be a museum piece, but a living and operating vessel that can have a real impact on Bay Area youth and the greater community.”

During the construction process an interpretive center will be operated at the site that will illustrate how these vessels are built and how they interact with their surroundings. Educational opportunities, through workshops and interactive exhibits will augment programs geared directly towards youth education. “We plan to run as many hands-on educational programs for kids as we can,” declares Sam Schow the Educational Programs Coordinator, “Everything from field trips and afterschool programs to mini summer camps where the kids are encouraged to participate in projects that go directly towards building the ship.”

ETS is currently in the planning stages, with hopes to begin the construction in the Spring of 2012. Once a site is secured and the interpretive center is set up programs will begin. “We are really looking forward to getting the kids involved,” says Schow, “We believe that their involvement will give the greater community the sense of pride and ownership that will truly make the vessel the Bay Area’s tall ship.”

 

For More Information Contact:

Matt Suddaby

Educational Tall Ship

2330 Marinship Way Suite #150

Sausalito, CA 94965

Matt@educationaltallship.org