On behalf of the board and staff of the Young Mariners Foundation, I am delighted to share with you some very exciting news that will have a major impact on our ability to reach more “at-risk” students and expand our experiential learning through sailing programs and related class-room education.

Effective January 29th 2016, we have elected to join forces with SoundWaters, and merge Young Mariners Foundation into their organization, creating a combined educational program targeting our underserved youth in both Stamford and Greenwich. The new program will be known as the Young Mariners Academy.

The Young Mariners Academy will perpetuate the current afterschool enrichment classes and summer sailing camp for 5th grade and older children, with over 2,400 children helped to date. We are alsodiscussing the addition of a program for 4th graders currently managed by SoundWaters and other similar activities to help put more underserved children on the water earlier.

We will keep you informed as future plans develop. Four of our members are joining their board: Maureen Bailie, Greg Gigliotti, Frederick Lorthioir and I. Other YMF board members and volunteers are also joining various SoundWaters committees. So that together we will serve more children, strengthen our programs and be more efficient in the process.

When the Young Mariners Foundation is incorporated into SoundWaters, its mission of “Learn Sail Achieve” will live on in the Young Mariners Academy, which you will continue to see in action at Boccuzzi Park and at Greenwich Point this coming summer.

We are enormously proud of what we have achieved for so many children over the past 18 years in Stamford and more recently in Greenwich. This has only been possible with the help of our supporters,friends and volunteers. As we go forward we encourage everyone to continue to help us support these “at-risk” children. Future donations should be made to SoundWaters Inc., and designated to support the Young Mariners Academy, if that is how you would like your donation to be used. Please visit www.soundwaters.org/youngmariners to learn more about SoundWaters and the future of the Young Mariners Academy.

Warmest regards,

Thomas O’Connell
Board Chairman