Youth Guidance partners with Youth Sailing Foundation

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — Youth Guidance is proud to be partnering with a new nonprofit, the Youth Sailing Foundation of Indian River County, Inc. (YSFIRC).   The organization was established to help young people become involved in sailing while using the natural water resources of our area.  YSFIRC volunteer directors are U. S. Sailing Certified Instructors and experienced blue water sailors whose goal is to create a safe sailing program introducing community youth to the sport of sailing and the virtues of the Indian River Lagoon.  The program teaches boys and girls, ages 6-16, how to sail and race and helps them develop self-reliance and discipline as they sail boats they helped build.

Volunteers assist parents and children to assemble the world’s most popular youth sailboat, the Optimist Dinghy; a safe, competitive design, built to controlled measurement rules, principally for training the young to sail, race and learn the rules of the sea.

Parents and children build a boat using a boat kit that includes mast, spars rigging and sail.  Youth Guidance mentor/mentee matches are able to build boats and sail for free thanks to the partnership YSFIRC has with Youth Guidance.  Adults interested in sailing who do not have a child can be matched with a Youth Guidance youngster and be their sailing mentor.

For more information contact Charlie Pope, 772-567-9000 or visit

The primary purpose of Youth Guidance is to match each of its nearly 700 at-risk K-12 grade children with a volunteer mentor 21 years or older.  Mentors spend just a few hours a week with their mentee doing friendship based activities that they both enjoy.  The agency is actively seeking volunteers to serve as mentors, tutors, or periodic volunteers at ongoing activities for the unmatched children in the program, or to provide regular help in the office.

For information on mentor orientations, the Guidance Gallery or volunteering, visit or call 772-770-5040.

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