Learning to Lead by Sailing the Sea!
Maritime Youth Leadership Ambassadors (MYLA) of Wilmington is a unique program – open to youth ages 12-18 who reside in or attend school in Wilmington – that gives participants an opportunity to learn about sailing, marine ecology, maritime careers and vocations, and most importantly, themselves. They will develop their leadership and problem-solving skills, while interacting with each other and the world around them at sea and in nature through three sail sessions, followed by a three-day weekend voyage to Catalina. The program is offered free of charge, and each participant receives gear and materials, including a water bottle, t-shirt, hat, and a sailing logbook to complete as part of the program.
Parents/caregivers have the option to join any session and/or the overnight excursion free of charge as well. Since going on a boat may be a new experience for participants and their families, we provide this option in order to ensure that parents feel comfortable with the experience for their children. Free transportation to and from the tall ships is also available for those who need it. The pick-up and drop-off location is conveniently located at 325 N Neptune Ave, Wilmington, 90744.