GiveBIG for Youth
Brant beside one of the Umiaqs used in our field trips.
Our first #givebigforboats story features one of the many ways people come together here at The Center for Wooden Boats to make an impact. CWB envisions a future where every child has the confidence to pursue and reach their full potential. We inspire youth of all ages through various experiential maritime programs. From field trips that allow kids to paddle an umiaq on the water, to toy boat building, to sailing lessons, CWB provides opportunities for children to gain hands-on experience, build self-esteem, problem-solve, and participate in active collaboration. We partner with The Museum of History & Industry in our Significance of Salmon program to deliver greater impact in teaching Northwest history. The resources gained throughout these programs are ones kids can carry with them through multiple facets of their lives. We asked Brant, our Field Trip Program Lead about the vitality and significance of our youth programs and those involved. You can support these programs by donating to CWB on May 3rd through the Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG initiative and follow us as we #givebigforboats!
CWB envisions a future where every child has the confidence to pursue and reach their full potential. In what ways do you think the Youth Programs offered here are accomplishing this?
We provide means and tools so youth can see what they are capable of. Putting young people out of their element and still ask things of them, such as putting them in an Umiaq, they gain confidence, and problem-solving skills, tackle adversity and have an exhilarating experience.
What do you do?
Lead a lot of young people to experience maritime culture and undertake team building exercises. Expose young people to hardware and history they don’t usually have access to!
How do you believe the Youth Programs here at CWB, and those involved, join together to make an impact?
We expose young people to this maritime culture, which used to be so big throughout the Seattle area and now is dwindling. People come together here to preserve history through living stories.