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Project SAIL 2016-2017

BMC’s after school program, Project SAIL, is accepting applications for the 2016-2017 school year.  Teens, ages 15-18, who live in Erie County, are eligible to apply. Fall classes begin on September 12, 2016 and run through November 1, 2016. .  For more information  

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Summer Programs Begin at BMC

Check out our summer newsletter and get all the latest news from the Bayfront Alternative Education Program, Project SAIL after school program, EASE, Bayfront Summer Credit Recovery Program, Schooner Porcupine and the Cardboard Boat Regatta. http://us5.campaign-archive1.com/?u=e1280799d9df918f51a087ac4&id=43014010f6

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Project SAIL Spring Session Begins April 4th!

Applications are being accepted for the Spring Session of the Project SAIL After School Program. Choose either Monday/Wednesdays or Tuesday/Thursdays; both classes begin at 3:30 pm and end at 5:30 pm. Paid work experience for teens aged 15 – 18 years old.  http://bayfrontcenter.org/education/project-sail/ Two Project SAIL students, Gage and Tyler, completed the program and then went on to finish a year long apprenticeship in carpentry at BMC.

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All Schooner and No Skiff Would Make Things Dull at BMC

Hello Fans of Porcupine and BMC, At roughly 42 by 15 feet, Porcupine inhabits a rather large section of both the BMC boatshop and our current organizational focus. She is by no means, however, the only vessel our students and staff are working on. In fact, BMC’s 92nd boat — our second St. Ayles Skiff — will launch this afternoon. Students from the Bayfront Alternative Education Program, apprentices from Project Sail and Project Voyage, and BMC volunteers all contributed to the skiff’s construction under the watchful instruction of our aptly named boatbuilder, Jodi Carpenter. Their labors will come to fruition as the

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Spring Session of Project SAIL Underway

The spring session of Project SAIL started this week and we have another crew of motivated high-school students who are engaged and preparing for their futures. Apprentices are learning essential skills for succeeding in their education and careers, and becoming self-confident leaders for their peers and community. Way to go, apprentices!

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Family at BMC: Former Project SAIL Apprentice Brings Cousin to Program

Ciza (L) a sucessful Project SAIL apprentice, graduated from high school and is working in Erie. He brought his cousin, Stephan (R), for his first day of Project SAIL today.  

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Project SAIL Fall 2014 Graduates

The successful Project SAIL Apprentices; great work, everyone!

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First Project SAIL Session Kicks Off

Project SAIL apprentices began their maritime training this week. Today was their first experience rowing our St. Ayles Skiff, “Mighty Oak.”  

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Project SAIL Apprentice Featured in United Way Campaign

Gage, a graduate of BMC’s after-school program Project SAIL, is currently featured in the United Way of Erie County‘s Faces United campaign. Gage was accepted into the program in January, where he received a hands-on learning experience that translated into a passion for carpentry and boats, especially the U.S. Brig Niagara. Gage’s experience through Project SAIL set him on the path of being accepted into Central Tech Career & Technical School’s carpentry program. BMC is a United Way of Erie County funded organization. Project SAIL is currently recruiting for its fall session. For more information, go to: http://bayfrontcenter.org/education/project-sail/ “We have embarked on a

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Taco the Town Is Back in the Water!

Taco the Town is back in the water! BMC’s 35′ racing catamaran is locally designed and locally built.

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ROWING!

Project SAIL apprentices rowed again today.  First there was some dry-land training to learn the commands needed to manage the skiff.  Some of these apprentices are refugees and new Americans and they are learning English at the same time!       Most of the apprentices have NEVER been in a boat before, and this is a  boat they helped to build – BMC’s first St. Ayles Skiff,  Mighty Oak.  

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Project SAIL

  Our Spring session of Project SAIL 2014 is in full swing. What a phenomenal group of teens! Many of these students are Bhutanese refugees who have lived most of their lives in refugee camps in Nepal  Project SAIL Coordinator, Amanda Loose, summed it up best when she said, ” While we try to teach our students about life, our students teach us what life is all about!” Click here to learn how you can apply to Project SAIL       Great job, everyone!  The “Mighty Oak” looks amazing.  

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This Week at BMC – March 17-21 2014

Another busy week at BMC: work on the next skiff, college students touring, a St. Patrick’s Day Birthday celebration, Project SAIL Graduation, Erie Boat centerboard repair, and more!

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Project SAIL Apprentices Serve Culture’s Cuisine

Many of our Bhutanese students wanted to share their culture, so they cooked some of their cuisine for their fellow apprentices and BMC’s staff. They created amazing samosas, and were laughing and dancing along to the boombox playing everything from Bollywood to Miley Cyrus. While we try to teach our students about life, our students teach us what life is all about.

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Video of Project SAIL Cultural Celebration

After seven weeks of hard work, the Bhutanese apprentices enrolled in the current Project SAIL session shared their culture and cuisine with Project SAIL apprentices, volunteers, and staff as the winter session nears completion.

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