The Youth Sailing Foundation was honored recently with a grant from the United States Power Squadrons Educational Fund in recognition and support of YSF’s afterschool sailing instruction offered free to the children of Indian River County. Fund Trustee/Secretary Nigel Hargreaves presented a check for $7,500 to YSF Chairman Pat Harris at a waterfront ceremony attended by members of the local Vero Beach Power Squadron and YSF volunteers.
Organizations from all over the country vie for ten to twelve educational grants made by USPS each year. According to Mr. Hargreaves, this award marks the first USPS grant to a non-member organization, a high honor for YSF, which will use the award to fund one of its four after school squadrons in Fall 2020. The grant recognizes the educational value of YSF’s programs, which seek to instill character, confidence, and valuable life skills in local children regardless of means, background or circumstances.
During the award presentation, members of the Beachland Shark Squadron were actively rigging and launching off the beach under the supervision of YSF Assistant Sailing Director Kym Helwig. These 4th and 5th grade sailors received a personal introduction to Mr. Hargreaves and expressed their thanks to him and the Educational Fund.
USPS, known to many as America’s Boating Club®, has over 24,000 members organized into more than 350 local squadrons across the country. Founded in 1914, the non-profit organization is dedicated to boating safety and education.
Youth Sailing Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit offering free sailing instruction to the children of Indian River County. This spring 175 sailors are enrolled in YSF programs, ranging from novice instruction to competitive scholastic sailing. The afterschool squadrons are drawn from several local public schools and represent all segments of the community, including many underserved families. To learn more, volunteer, or make a donation, please call 772-492-3243 or visit www.ysfirc.org.