Thursday, June 20, 2013

3rd Annual Youth Partners Breakfast on the Provincetown II

Save the Harbor's Youth Program Partners at our
annual breakfast on the Provincetown II
On Tuesday morning, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay hosted its 3rd annual Youth Partners Breakfast. The event took place on the Provincetown II, docked next to the World Trade Center. People mingled and ate breakfast before Save the Harbor's Bruce Berman introduced himself and talked about our goals for the summer.
This summer we will run our free All Access Boston Harbor trips to the Boston Harbor Islands on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during July and August.  We will also offer our free Boston Harbor Explorers program at 8 program sites on and around the harbor, including the Courageous Sailing Center in Charlestown, Piers Park Sailing Center in East Boston, Community Boating on the Charles River, the Mcdonough Sailing Center in South Boston, at Black's Creek in Quincy and at Camp Harbor View on Long Island.

This year we will also be hosting kids programs at Better Beaches events from Nahant to Nantasket, so even more young people can get involved.

Save the Harbor's Board Member and Youth Committee Chair Harold Sparrow of the Greater Boston YMCA stressed the value of free programming and the importance of getting the kids out on the water and exploring the islands. This summer, SHSB hopes to get more families out on the water as well, with free All Access trips for kids and their families, which also take place on the Provincetown II.  "Book early and book often" said Berman, citing the organization's goal to take advantage of our increased capacity to include more kids.

Another reason for the annual breakfast is to hear from the Youth Partners about what they want and need for the summer. The Youth Partners were enthusiastic about the expanded opportunities to explore the harbor during the summer and in the spring and fall as well.

Also in attendance were Save the Harbor President Patty Foley, and board members David Lee and Harold Sparrow, of the Greater Boston YMCA. A special thanks to Julie Doherty and Mike Glassfeld from Bay State Cruise Company for their partnership that allows so many of the region's youth and teens to "share the harbor" with us each summer.

Last year, Save the Harbor's free youth environmental education programs and free family programs connected 13,545 youth and teens from all Boston's neighborhood and from every beachfront community from Nahant to Nantasket to the harbor and the islands we have worked so hard to restore ad protect. We hope to reach even more kids this summer.

--Rachel Frenkil
Communication and Events Summer Intern

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