Whether it’s special cruises, after school programs, STEM
training, sailing scholarships, competitive sailing, or Command of the Watch,
the CYC Foundation is dedicated to providing Chicago area youth with
opportunities to learn and appreciate the nautical arts.
Young Women Commanding the Watch
The Command of the
Watch is a program for high school girls aged 14-18 which provides them with
hands on experience and experiential learning activities over five days,
sailing aboard a traditionally rigged tall ship schooner in Lake Michigan. It
is funded through scholarships provided by the Chicago Yacht Club Foundation. The
girls learn lifelong skills of teamwork, cooperation, leadership, and awareness
of environmental and maritime careers. It is our goal that young women learn
they have the power to make a difference in this world and that this experience
allows them to realize a level of self-discovery that is often described as
Shipboard life and the demands of sailing a traditionally rigged vessel
are important components of this experience. The girls will learn boating
safety, navigation, and sail handling aboard the 77’ schooner Inland
Seas. This program which was designed specifically for the Chicago Yacht
Club Foundation has 5 goals:
people to place. The crew believes that connecting the girls with nature
on the beach, water, and the Northern Michigan Islands is an important way to
explore the Lake and develop an affection for it.
- Understanding how the Great Lakes work. Through
hands on experiences collecting samples from the lake, examining creatures, mud
and water, they will learn about the layers of the lake and how different
species in them interact. They also learn about the ecology of the Great Lakes,
sand dunes, coastlines and islands. They learn about the weather and the stars.
When people understand the way nature works, they can better act to protect
- Encouraging the girls to practice STEM skills and
explore STEM careers in freshwater. We hope the girls will fall in
love with the water and become passionate about protecting it. There are lots
of ways to turn that passion into a career. The crew will talk about and
explore careers in field science, ROV technology, shipping, engineering, and
math, all which combine STEM learning with freshwater protection.
- Help the girls develop teamwork and leadership
skills. By creating an environment that is very supportive, with
expectations that everyone will pull their own weight, the girls learn quickly
that everyone must work together, and personal desires take a backseat to the
needs of the group.
- Instilling in the girls an ethic of care for the Great
Lakes. The Great Lakes are valuable for numerous reasons and thus we
must work to protect them anyway we can. We hope the experiences on board
develop this ethic of care for both the Great Lakes and their own communities.
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Youth education programs sponsored by the CYC Foundation bring students to the
Chicago Yacht Club from the city and suburbs each year, they include:
The CYC Foundation brings youth to the Chicago Yacht Club to learn about
ecology, commerce, and recreation provided by Lake Michigan and the Great Lakes. These activities include cruises for kids and
special needs groups, handicapped sailor instruction, after school programs
with students from various schools and Chicago’s Boys/Girls Clubs of the Union
League Club of Chicago. The Foundation
provides sailing school scholarships and inner-city youth scholarships for competitive sailing, as well
as STEM training with a nautical focus in Chicago schools.
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