Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $250,418)
The American Sail Training Association (ASTA) is a 35 year old national membership, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting programs of youth education and character building aboard tall ships. The ASTA Tall Ships® Youth Adventure (TSYA) program is a leadership and youth development program for 12 to 18 year old youth. Boys and girls from underserved communities experience sail training aboard tall ships as an approach to building character and leadership skills. As sail trainees, youth participate as an integral part of the ship's crew, and train together for at least ten days aboard large traditionally rigged sailing vessels.
ASTA's TSYA program seeks to target individual youth predictors of juvenile delinquency, by increasing youth's social competence and ability to achieve personal goals in social interaction, and increasing their pro-social attitudes, values and/or beliefs. ASTA, and four ASTA member sail training organizations receiving direct service sub grants, and an evaluator will monitor progress by the number of youth completing program requirements and measure the outcomes through their change in targeted behaviors.