We think the StreetWaves mentorship program is an awesome initiative, but the most awesome part is the amazing results we achieve with at-risk youth. It has been our commitment since 2008 to provide surfing lessons free of charge to under-resourced and troubled youth every Saturday from 12-4pm. Our daily summer surf camp programming which begins June 1st and lasts through August 31st provides summer surf camp experiences every day for organizations like Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Overtown Youth Center, Educate Tomorrow, Empowered Youth and a host of other schools, churches and concerned families. Some of our awesome services include surfing, standup paddleboarding and sailing instructions all provided by qualified staff and volunteers. StreetWaves addresses major areas of concern that we feel contribute to the ongoing criminal activity and troubled youth found in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. Our program provides an alternative recreational stimulant that is non-competitive and gives each individual the opportunity to freely express ones basic nature thereby expanding their physical, emotional and spiritual horizons. We facilitate a safe haven of natural resources made available to a community who historically have not participated in many ocean activities. Over the 5 years that we have been providing services to our under-resourced communities, we have studied the affects that the ocean and watersports have on this growing population of newcomers. Amongst our measured outcomes, StreetWaves has measured shifts in participant’s attitudes toward life, an expansion in their perspective and an increased sense of belonging. StreetWaves greatly feels that we broaden our participant’s horizons and support the development of life skills that will benefit personal wellbeing by providing a guideline for success now and in the future. We are currently expanding our mission to serve a larger population of at-risk youth because we know….. It’s working!
Funded by Miami, FL (May 2013)