Year 1 Institute

Sailing In The Wake Of Our Ancestors

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The Year 1 Curriculum is an exploration of the self in the context of community. The “campus” is the Atlantic Ocean while sailing a historic schooner – Tall Ship. Participants apply theories of collaborative leadership during the challenge of a multi-day voyage.

You’ll learn to sail and navigate a tall ship, and participate in workshops on global faith traditions and multicultural identity and understanding the marine environment through the GYLI curriculum. Exploring maritime history and context, participants learn about the many who have traveled before them.

Essential questions of Year 1:
“Who am I in a multicultural context?” 
“What is my relationship to others?”

Our two Year 1 locations/partners: We are pleased to work with great program partners for the Year 1 program who have a combined 60 years in youth sailing and leadership programs.  Each location is lead by professionals who carry all necessary Cost Guard certifications and are specially outfitted for youth programs.  In addition, GYLI staff are continuously trained in safety and risk management, as well as the best practices in youth leadership facilitation.

Eastern Connecticut: GYLI participants will stay in a dorm at Mitchell College the first night, and they will stay aboard the Mystic Whaler Tall Ship for the rest of the program.

View the Mystic Whaler Site 

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Los Angeles: GYLI participants will stay at the San Pedro Youth Hostel the first night, and they will stay aboard the Exy Johnson Tall ship for the rest of the program.

View the Exy Johnson TopSail Youth Program Website

View the San Pedro International Hostel Website 

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Year 1 Tall Ship Info Sheet