Programs for Youth at Risk and Students with Special Needs
CCC has been very pleased to support programs in our local areas for youth-at-risk and students with special needs. Our programs are individually tailored to meet the specific needs for particular groups. We provide successful programs involving students in both the classroom and on the water. First day classes teach basic skills, practical application and history related to the maritime heritage of New Bern and our surrounding waters. The second day is the science day and may be conducted at the dock onboard the educational vessel ADA MAE. Students are introduced to navigation, charts and water quality study and measurements. Students also perform a plankton trawl and view the small creatures caught under ADA MAE’s onboard video microscope. Students are also presented with the oyster or crab lifecycle and dissections. The day ends with a “Town Hall” type discussion related to environment, heritage and current issues concerning our local waters.
The third and fourth sessions are conducted on the water sailing the skipjack ADA MAE. Students put into practical application the skills introduced in the previous sessions, getting the vessel underway, setting the sails, charting a course, steering the ship and trawling for marine life. It is fun to watch students grow as they develop confidence and teamwork and take on tasks they had never tried before. Sometimes, students may be nervous to start as they may not know how to swim, but soon those worries pass with smooth sailing and lots of activity.
We look forward to providing continued support for these programs. We also look forward to developing future partnerships for programs for other students with special needs.