Sail2Change

Fresh Wind For Youth

PORTLAND, OR   |  https://www.sail2change.org

Mission

To change the lives of historically under-served and under-represented youth through sailing, mentorship, and tutoring.

Notes from the nonprofit

Sail2Change Vision: To build a community where equity, opportunity and the power of nature unite to break down barriers for youth to enable them to be the best version of themselves. Sail2Change Goals: To use holistic services and programs which lead to step-by-step individual changes, empowerment, and personal growth through alternative outdoor programs, including a year at sea for a selected group of qualified students. We provide gateways of equitable academic and employment opportunities and guidance to our youth, and close the circle by fostering engagement as Sail2Change alumni and mentors to the next generation.

Ruling year info

2019

Founder & President

Dieter Waiblinger

Executive Director

Alexander Stuart Earl

Main address

10135 NW LANGWORTHY TER

PORTLAND, OR 97229 USA

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EIN

82-5281174

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Historically under-served and under-represented youth require support and services to equalize the playing field for them. Access to nature along with nature is one of the most powerful and empowering forces on the planet. We are developing gateways of academic and employment. There is a significant retirement and diversity, equity and inclusion crisis in the maritime industry. We are working to position the youth we work with to fill this gap with well paid and fulfilling long-term careers. We have a five year plan for each participant culminating in a year at sea and activating the life plan we help to create.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Access Maritime: Sailing, Watersports, Mentoring, Tutoring, Academic & Maritime Career Gateways

The mission of Sail2Change is to change the lives of historically under-served and under-represented youth through sailing, mentorship, and tutoring.

Sail2Change supports and empowers our teen participants through unique holistic services and programs:

- Free sailing courses and special distance, weekend sailing events.

-One-on-one and career guidance mentorship, plus optional tutoring, and peer mentors

- Building a community of caring instructors, positive adult role models, new friends young and old

- Access to educational opportunities through monthly events, job readiness training programs, and higher education or certification

- Partnerships with companies and organizations to provide internships, apprenticeships, job shadowing, vocational training, career fair invitations, volunteer opportunities, and other (Covid-safe) hands-on experiences to create a pipeline for them to become the next generation of employees to the maritime and marine industries.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Ethnic and racial groups
Children of LGBTQ parents
Sexual identity
At-risk youth

Sail2Change offers free mentoring services to our participants. Our mentors are carefully selected, professionally trained and they must complete appropriate security checks. We match participants to mentors that are the best fit for them and their long-term goals.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Ethnic and racial groups
At-risk youth
Adolescent girls
Adolescent boys

Sail2Change provides free professional online tutoring services to each participant to help them with any learning gaps or deficiencies to position them to meet their long-term academic and career goals.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Adolescents
Ethnic and racial groups
Family relationships
Sexual identity
At-risk youth
Adolescents
Ethnic and racial groups
Family relationships
Sexual identity
At-risk youth
Adolescents
Ethnic and racial groups
Family relationships
Sexual identity
At-risk youth
Adolescents
Ethnic and racial groups
Family relationships
Sexual identity

Sail2Change works to develop and to provide academic and maritime employment gateways for under-served and under-privileged youth.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Adolescents

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

GreatNonprofits Top Rated 2020

GreatNonprofits Top Rated 2021

Charity Navigator Give With Confidence - 86/100 2021

100 Seconds Video Competition Award 2020

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students registered for online courses

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, Age groups

Related Program

Tutoring

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

To use holistic services and programs which lead to step-by-step individual changes, empowerment, and personal growth through alternative outdoor programs, including a year at sea for a selected group of qualified students.

We provide gateways of equitable academic and employment opportunities and guidance to our youth, and close the circle by fostering engagement as Sail2Change alumni and mentors to the next generation.

Sail2Change uses nature + nature for therapeutic healing and empowerment of historically under-served and under-privileged youth. We provide free access to sailing and watersports along with other outdoor activities. Sailing, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding etc are carbon neutral activities that rely on human power and ingenuity. Our participants learn environmental education including micro plastics and debris. They also learn about climate change especially relative to weather, wind and current. They experience these elements first-hand.

Sail2Change supports the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 along with the shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. Sail2Change also supports and educates our participants about the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the heart of this agenda, which are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership. These goals recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests. These goals align with the goals of Sail2Change.

Sail2Change uses holistic services and programs which lead to step-by-step individual changes, empowerment, and personal growth through alternative outdoor programs, including a year at sea for a selected group of qualified students.

We provide gateways of equitable academic and employment opportunities and guidance to our youth, and close the circle by fostering engagement as Sail2Change alumni and mentors to the next generation.

We also have a custom curriculum inclusive of environmental education, climate change and the UN SDG's goals for 2030.

We provide free public transportation for our participants. We serve all lunches and snacks on washable dishwear.

Since inception in 2018, Sail2Change has progressed through an evolution and refinement of our programming and scope of focus. We have instituted environmental education, climate change and the UN SDG's.

We have established metric and regular assessment.

We have engaged our partners especially in the maritime industry including the US Coast Guard with regard to our commitment to sustainability and climate change.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Historically under-served and under-represented youth.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We surveyed over 200 people in our community to see what services are lacking. We found students are seeking job training and college readiness programs, parents and guardians desire more recreation opportunities for their children, school staff and community members responded they would like more mentors available to students. With these results, we pivoted our program. We will continue to offer sailing lessons and monthly events for the recreation piece. Our new and improved mentorship program will include one-on-one mentors, but also career guidance. For the students, we will now create a pipeline to careers in the maritime world, access to further education, and build their skills and confidence so they are set for success after high school, no matter what they are interested in.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    It lead to the refinement of our programming and it was driver in our JEDI strategy and BOD diversification.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, Finding ways to reach people in the Portland school district was a challenge, but did not stop us!,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Sail2Change

Board of directors
as of 12/18/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dieter Waiblinger

Sail2Change

Term: 2020 - 2022

Katie Allen

Sail2Change

Bruce McKinnon

Entrepreneur Tech Executive

Milan Taelor-Wills

Entrepreneur/Consultant

T.J. McHugh

Executive/Consultant

Racheal Gingrich

Regional Practice Director, Northwest Permanente

Tinisha Williams

Entrepreneur/Realtor

Billy Van Der Wal

West Coast Sailing

Savenia Falquist

Executive Director, Community Mediation Services

Dieter Waiblinger

Entrepreneur/Founder

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/17/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/16/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.