Last weekend, Planet Hope had the sweet privilege to take four returning sailing students on Palakas, an Ericson 28. For several years Planet Hope has partnered with Southeast White House through our summer sailing program. This last summer, we had a group of bubbly kids join us for one of our week long sailing camps at Fort Washington. When George, Brian, Chere, and Lolly walked into our office ready to go sailing last Sunday, I was doubly impressed by their recollection of safety rules, parts of the boat, tacking, jibing and capsize procedure. This afternoon sail was a chance for this group of young people to shine and apply their small boat skills with a bigger keel boat.
Brian led us out of Herrington Harbour while the others helped raise the main and head sails once we were clear of the break water. Kids are kids, which means laughter can’t be far when hanging out with young people. We laughed, relaxed, got adrenaline kickin’ with the stronger gusts, and worked together.
I believe that this group of four strongly demonstrated their potential as great sailors, both on the sea and through life. Southeast White House is known for its incredible mentoring program. I believe young people can do awesome things with their life and I love the innovation that stems from youth. When a young person is paired with a caring mentor, ideas and dreams take shape and can become reality. That encouragement communicates that each person has purpose and value.Planet Hope desires to encourage youth in such a way. Be sure to check out Southeast White House.