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Presenting sailing to at risk children
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Feb 25, 2011, 10:26 AM

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Fundraising in San Diego - S D Kids Afloat
Friday 22 July, 2011, Harbor Island Yacht Club

Our mission is to provide children less fortunate, from the ages of 10-15, a day on the water learning and experiencing the fun of sailing. A chance in a lifetime experience will hopefully engage them in pursuing future dreams and aspirations.

Many of these kids may have never had the opportunity to go to the beach much less sail in San Diego Bay. They come from the inner city of City Heights whose population is made up of refugees as well as original immigrant children whose families are struggling to make ends meet. They represent countries like Vietnam, Myanmar, Guatemala, Mexico, Nigeria, Sudan, Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and more.

We are a group of volunteers from the San Diego Sailing Community and hope to raise awareness by giving an opportunity that may never otherwise occur. We will supply education to raise awareness of clean sailing and why it is important to those that inhabitant our waters. Our classroom instruction will teach the dynamics of sailing, importance of wind and a proper sail set, boating terms, boating safety and will be put to the test on the water, with a few hours of sailing and a mini regatta.

The kids will be selected from groups in special health education programs as they may be struggling with obesity, diabetes or mental challenges as a result of being placed in a different environment. To qualify certain health initiatives will have to have been met.

The profits raised through sponsorships will go to continuing Health Education Programs through La Maestra Community Health Centers. La Maestra Community Health Centers’ goal is to provide quality health care and education; to improve the overall well being of the family; bringing the under-served, ethnically diverse communities into the mainstream of our society, through a caring, effective, culturally and linguistically competent manner, respecting the dignity of all patients.
As the name illustrates, La Maestra ("The Teacher") believes that the basis for any social change and effective healthcare outcome is education. To date, La Maestra Community Health Centers has been the medical home and a resource center to over 65,000 low-income community residents. The multicultural, multilingual requirements of the diverse target population complicate access to coordination of necessary services. La Maestra Community Health Centers has recognized these demonstrated needs and responded by developing creative solutions and collaborative efforts through services and programs since its inception.

Please be a part of our great journey by joining San Diego’s devoted Sailing Community to bring happiness to those who may never have this experience.

Rita Monares, Chair
S D Kids Afloat
555 West Beech Street, Suite 451
San Diego, CA 92101



Feb 26, 2011, 6:21 AM

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Sounds like a commendable program. We have a series of "Sailing with Neighbors" outings with kids from a disadvantaged area near here. We focus on having a good time on the water rather than giving lessons in fluid dynamics and foils. Seeing the sail start to luff when you turn into the wind sure beats a drawing on the board by some old guy you've never seen before. One of our main problems is noshows - kids who say they'll come, and sign up, but who then somehow miss the ride to the club. They are insecure about leaving what they know. You might sign up for a hangliding session and decide not to go at the last minute too. For these kids, sailing is that strange. Maybe they can't swim. (Not that they'd admit it, especially in front of their friends.) We'll get five or eight kids at the outset instead of ten to twelve. That disappoints our skipper-volunteers because we then only need two boats instead of the four we'd pre-arranged. Splitting kids up - one per boat- seems to backfire. Out on the water - some for the first time ever - they lack self-confidence and don't want to take chances. Taking a bunch together enables them to see how simple it is and feel more comfortable by being with people they already know. They can chat together about this new and strange environment. They come back for the next session with skills they want to show off to the friend they convince to come along. It is slow going, but keep up the good work!

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