It's been three years since we started Sea Change--our May sailing voyages with young adults that focuses on climate change. It's been six years since our first OBT trip--taking young adults sailing. And it's been 10 years since our first young crew member backed down the companionway hatch and joined our family for six weeks.
What a journey! 30 young people so far, and counting. The passage of time becomes most clear when we view this through the eyes of Cedar and Lamar. For years, they just watched silently, and followed when they dared. They were tossed into the air by Ryan, played puppets with Brittany, were read to by Emma, trick-or-treated with Will and David, and swam in the big waves with Natalie. Gradually the relationship changed. They joined the chore list and began doing dishes with Julia, standing watches with Jake, and beading with Devon. Then--laughing with Leah, sharing music with Keera, and teasing Zander. This past year, for the first time, they began presenting slides at our public events and listed themselves as full crew on the chore list.
Our relationships with young people continue long after our liveaboard time with them ends. We hear about weddings, moves across the country, new careers. Mark writes references and calls employers; I feed them and cheer them on as they stop by with their boy/girlfriends. We hope and believe that we are enriching lives as ours are being enriched. This is why, despite the changes to our land-lifestyle and our busyness with things like school and sports, Sea Change continues to grow in our lives.
Announcing, Sea Change Expeditions. It has its own website to prove it. Two trips this year instead of one! Our regular May trip for 18-25 year olds, and then another trip June-July for 14-18-year-olds. Both with a continued focus on liveaboard sailing and climate solutions. This year we are expanding our partnerships with schools and also starting a new data-collection project, working with NatureConservancyCanada by collecting and recording Arctic plants along the remote shoreline and islands of Lake Superior.
But for now, we need you! We need you to think of anyone age 14-25 who might consider applying to be our crew in 2017. We also need you to consider a financial donation, and to send this appeal on to others who give financially where they see a need and a purpose. Our trips will always be affordable for young people which means we will always need to be raising money. Our non-profit status makes possible more substantial grants in the coming years, but we have always relied primarily on those who believe we should be doing this and giving us enough funds to make it possible.
During our annual fundraising campaign (which runs from now til the end of February), you can send us a check through snail mail (133 3rd Ave., Two Harbors, MN--make check out to "Sea Change Expeditions") or you can pay directly online via Paypal, available on this webpage. We will keep all contributors in the loop if and when we reach our fundraising goal of $5000 by March 1.
There has never been a more important time in my adult lifetime to take a stand for what's important. If we
Katya, Mark, Cedar, and Lamar
"When a great ship is in harbor and moored, it is safe, there can be no doubt. But that is not what great ships are built for."--Clarissa Pinkola Estes