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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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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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BMC Volunteer Featured in Erie Yacht Club’s Log

The Erie Yacht Club‘s Log recently had a feature article on Christopher Laird, one of BMC’s dedicated volunteers and a inveterate sailor. Chris is a mentor for our Project SAIL and Project VOYAGE apprentices, assists with our events and boat projects, and participates in our Community Rowing Program. Chris also volunteers as an ESL tutor at the Multicultural Community Resource Center. Way to go, Chris!

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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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Second St. Ayles Skiff Nearing Completion

Students will be making and setting floorboards, applying varnish, and building and installing a coxswain seat on the second St. Ayles Skiff. Follow our students’ progress on our student written blog ~http://bmcstaylesskiff.blogspot.com/  

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BMC’s Awesome Staff

We’re thankful to have an awesome team working at BMC . This staff picture was taken after our Thanksgiving celebration with our BAEP students. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!  

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Project SAIL Fall 2014 Graduates

The successful Project SAIL Apprentices; great work, everyone!

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Friendship Sloop Momentum’s First Day Back in the Water

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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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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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BMC’s Blog Tracking Progress of Second St. Ayles Skiff

Our students have been working hard on the second St. Ayles Skiff! Check out their progress at BMC’s blog highlighting the two skiffs being built for Erie’s inaugural Community Rowing Program.    

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Welcome to Our New Project SAIL Apprentices!

BMC welcomes our new Students to Project SAIL! This’ll be a great team.   

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St. Ayles Skiff Construction.

Maritime Education at BMC is all Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, STEM learning. Carpentry and assorted vocational skills and career awareness are part of the curriculum, too. But these students are also learning teamwork and problem solving while developing persistence and grit!

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Project SAIL After School Program Begins New Season!

Project SAIL, BMC’s after school program, is up and running with a full roster of 31 apprentices. Students sailed as much as possible last week to take advantage of the warm, sunny weather. This week they went on their first field trip to our neighbor, Donjon Shipbuilding & Repair. Experiences like this raise career awareness about future jobs available in the maritime industry . Project SAIL is made possible by grants from the TK Foundation, and the United Way of Erie County.

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Big Step in the St. Ayles Skiff’s Production.

On Tuesday, April 16th, the St. Ayles Skiff, built by high school students, will be turned right-side up. “Hull-turning” is a significant moment in the boatbuilding process. Students and staff will lift the skiff off of the building forms and turn it right side up to sit on a cradle. High school students attending the Bayfront Alternative Education Program at BMC have been building the 22’ St Ayles Skiff since mid-September. Erie teens attending BMC’s after-school program, Project SAIL, have also been working on the skiff. The students have built the boat, made the cradle for it, and are already

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