SoundWaters Harbor Corps engages young men and women ages 19-24 in an eight-week program to learn workforce and technical skills which will prepare them for employment in the marine trades.
Harbor Corps members have earned their high school diploma or GED but have not yet gained the traction and/or skills for success. The Harbor Corps program extends the opportunity and the support for participants to learn what it means to be a good employee, including communication, professionalism, self-management and initiative, and other critical skills. At the same time the young people engaged in Harbor Corps will learn technical skills such as fiberglass repair, bottom painting, varnishing, small engine maintenance, and rigging. Throughout their experience they will meet and network with industry partners like marina managers, marine construction companies, commercial fishermen, and commercial vessel operators to learn about career opportunities on our waterfront.
In the Fall of 2019 Harbor Corps was piloted in partnership with DOMUS, and seven Harbor Corps members restored a classic 1973 Catboat.
We will be recruiting for Spring 2021 beginning in March.
Harbor Corps is funded by State Street Global Partners, Bank of America, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation and The Scripps Family Fund for Education and the Arts.