Project Adventure and Schooner Adventure Receive Cape Ann Community Foundation Grant
Two Local Non-Profit Organizations Founded with Goals of Building Sustainable Learning Communities Come Together with the Cape Ann Community Foundation Grant
GLOUCESTER, Mass., June 18, 2018 – Project Adventure out of Beverly, MA and the Schooner Adventure out of Gloucester, MA have been developing quality youth programming, founded in providing transferable leadership skills to youth that will help build their neighborhoods and learning communities. With this grant, they plan to combine their resources and create a program that is both on land and sea and support the current and future Cape Ann workforce by instilling real-world leadership skills in the youth of the local area.
Both of these organizations believe that change is necessary for growth to take place and that change also comes from a leader who has an inspiring vision of the future, motivates people to act on that vision, and coaches them so there is not just one leader, but a group of leaders intent on achieving that vision. Project Adventure and the Schooner Adventure plan to create a leadership program that encourages middle and high school aged students to step out of their comfort zones and stretch into a place where they become the role model and make a difference in their communities.
“We are excited to be part of this collaborative effort with Project Adventure,” stated the Executive Director at Schooner Adventure, Stefan Edick. “I believe that by sharing platforms and resources we can better benefit the community. Like Project Adventure, we offer a place for learning where young people find the strength they had not expected.”
By providing an experience that takes students on land and sea, they will apply their skills to each situation and come to understand the different roles they can play as a member of a group. Richard Ross, the Executive Director at Project Adventure, believes that “it is our goal to provide students with an experience that allows them to be a leader at any level and to realize that providing leadership is not forcing a group to follow orders, but to create an environment of shared responsibility. We have been working with the Schooner Adventure staff to think of innovative ways to collaborate on projects that would allow youth to take part in a new experience, and this grant will help us start what we had envisioned.”
Pictured above from left to right:
Bruce Feldman, Norie Mozzone, Stefan Edick, Ruth Pino, Richard Ross, Ashley Corcoran, Pat Slade