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Mentoring in Action

  Thank you to Project VOYAGE mentor, Anne Sinopoli, for her fine work.  Anne is a 2012 Graduate of Clarkson University where she majored in Mechanical Engineering.  Her job at GE brought her to Erie where she began to volunteer for BMC, first at our fundraisers, and then joined the  Board of Directors in 2014.  Anne’s enthusiasm is contagious!  When she learned of a Project VOYAGE student who was interested in a STEM related field, she jumped at the chance to assist Ghana in pursuing her career path.  Thanks to The Erie Community Foundation for funding Project VOYAGE.      In

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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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Project VOYAGE Apprentice Completes Multiple Projects

Gage, one of BMC’s current Project VOYAGE apprentices, completed multiple projects in the past few months. Thanks to funding from the Erie Community Foundation, Gage and other Project VOYAGE apprentices are learning valuable job skills through one-on-one, long-term mentoring with accomplished professionals. Gage is working with Christopher Laird, a retired FMC mechanical engineer who is also an accomplished boatbuilder and carpenter. With Chris’ assistance, Gage built a shelf for his sister and a wine rack for his mother. Gage has learned construction drafting, the milling process, and how to professionally finish his projects. Chris said that Gage “is motivated to

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