SoundWaters Harbor Corps
Marine Career Training for Stamford Youth
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.
Cohort #1 of Harbor Corps is off to a great start! The Harbor Corps crew is doing great work as they restore our Herreshoff Catboat. It is inspiring to see seven young men and women embrace this opportunity to learn skills and explore the possibility of a career in the marine trades.
– Capt. Michael Bagley
I recently had the opportunity to speak with the participants in SoundWaters Harbor Corps. Their challenge was to refit a 1973 Herreshoff sailboat that was in very sorry condition with a timetable of four weeks.
These people had no experience in the marine business, or with boating, yet they expressed an eagerness to learn and to improve themselves. They asked good questions and seemed eager to develop new skills. We talked about opportunities in the boatyard/marina business, and the need for good, versatile people.
I came away with the feeling that this is a very worthwhile endeavor – most important that these individuals could expand their horizons, and also that they could benefit an industry that needs good people. Great program!