Why give to Los Angeles Maritime Institute?

Our TopSail Youth Program is offered year-round, free of charge to students from under-resourced schools and youth organizations in San Pedro and Wilmington, and throughout the greater Los Angeles area.  Since our founding in 1992, we have served more than 60,000 at-risk youth in low-income communities throughout Los Angeles County.

Our “no-cost” program is offered to Title I middle schools and high schools as well as youth groups located within the 15 council districts of the City of Los Angeles and is made possible by generous financial support from the Port of Los Angeles, a TopSail program sponsor for more than a decade.  We also serve upper elementary grades and provide tall ship dockside programs.

Our “reduced cost” program is offered to any school or youth group with limited ability to pay, thanks to the support of corporate sponsors, foundations and individual donors.  In addition, any revenue earned from public sails, fundraising events or private bookings goes back into our adventure education programs.

Since our inception, our goal has been to never be in port when we ought to be at sea, to never turn a young person away for lack of money, and to never sail with an empty berth.

We hope you will partner with us in our mission to provide educational, transformational experiences at sea for all of L.A.’s Youth!  Please donate today and help keep our life-changing program afloat.  Remember… 

Today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders.



The Swift of Ipswich is currently in the water near our boatyard in San Pedro where she is undergoing restoration.

TWIN BRIGANTINES, Exy Johnson & Irving Johnson

The twins always need love and attention. Contribute to their ongoing operations.


Give our 80 year old schooner some love. Donate to support American Pride’s ongoing maintenance and programming.

More Tax-Deductible Benefits through the American Rescue Plan

Millions of Americans are relieved to start receiving their Rescue Plan stimulus support, desperately working to make ends meet during these challenging times. If you are fortunate to not be economically vulnerable like so many of the families we serve, please consider making a donation to Los Angeles Maritime Institute and let kids get back to being kids!

Building on the CARES Act of 2020, The American Rescue Plan Act continues 2021 tax benefits for individuals taking standard deductions who donate up to $300 each and now up to $600 for couples filing jointly.


LAMI’s uniquely engaging and transformational programs use sailing and the sea to emotional and intellectually deepen a young person’s understanding of the world, others, and themselves. Help break the economic barrier of access to life-changing experiential education for youth from under-respresented communities. Your contribution will help with subsidized education programs for Title 1 schools and need-based summer camp sponsorships for underserved youth in the Greater Los Angeles Area.


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