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Tall Ships® Youth Adventure Program


The ASTA Tall Ships® Youth Adventure (TSYA) program is a leadership and youth development program for 12 to 18 year old youth, who train together aboard large traditionally rigged sailing vessels.  Boys and girls from underserved communities experience sail training aboard tall ships to build character and leadership skills.  Youth are sail trainees, participating as an integral part of the ship’s crew.  Tall Ships® Youth Adventure 2008 goals include:

  • Increase youths’ social competence and ability to achieve personal goals in social interaction
  • Increase youths’ pro-social attitudes, values, and/or beliefs
  • Increase sail training organizations’ abilities to serve at-risk youth
  • Demonstrate efficacy of program methods and practices through a formal program evaluation

With funding from the United States Department of Justice and Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), ASTA will award at least four sub grants through a competitive sub grant program to ASTA members.  ASTA and local ASTA Member affiliates work with at-risk youth and collaborate with other local youth serving organizations to offer character building programs on tall ships.

The American Sail Training Association (ASTA) is a national membership non-profit organization dedicated to promoting programs of youth education and character building aboard tall ships.  Founded in 1973, ASTA represents more than 150 affiliates and 250 American and international sailing vessels, and is the largest sail training association in the world.

Tall Ships America • 221 3rd St., Bldg. 2, Ste. 101• Newport, RI 02840 USA • (401) 846-1775 • asta@tallshipsamerica.org