Since UKSA first opened its doors in 1987, the charity has evolved its accessible training, careers and educational offer to address a range of important societal issues including youth unemployment, crime, educational disengagement and exclusion and social disadvantage.
From its 3.5 acre waterfront base in Cowes, UKSA uses maritime and on the water activities to help individuals and beneficiaries overcome personal challenges, broaden their horizons and achieve outcomes that last for life. It also works with high achievers opening access to maritime careers.
Twenty five years later, there are now 100,000 UKSA Alumni around the world, working in either the maritime sector or enjoying other career paths as a result of the life skills UKSA gave them.
“Our inclusive and inspirational approach to changing lives empowers individuals to help themselves: we enable high performers to become future leaders and those challenged by emotional, physical, educational or financial disadvantage to achieve their potential,” says UKSA CEO Jon Ely.
“Only this year one of our young apprentices told us that he didn’t think he would be alive if it wasn’t for the lifeline UKSA had thrown him. That’s one life changed, one life saved. It’s this kind of human story that keeps us all awake at night, and also makes us all get out of bed in the morning.
“The challenge facing UKSA in its milestone 25th year is how best to use its experience and learning to inform its strategic goals for the future and meet new and emerging needs for intervention and provision. We face some significant challenges, but who better to help us succeed than our inspirational army of Alumni, supporters, partners and friends.”
During her visit on August 10, HRH The Princess Royal will meet with supporters and young people, officially open the UKSA’s new youth zone 50° North, inspect the newly extended pontoon area and board the historic ketch Gipsy Moth IV which has been loaned back to UKSA to further its educational and outreach work.
For further information and media invitations to the August 10 reception: Susann Jerry, susann.jerry@
UKSA is the UK’s leading youth maritime charity, working to change lives through maritime education and personal development. 7,222 individuals benefited from UKSA’s charitable activity in 2010, of which 17.6 per cent received assisted funding from UKSA.
As a globally recognised professional training provider in yachting careers and watersports, UKSA has a strong alumni network in the global maritime industry. Its graduates include the world-renowned sailor Dee Caffari and the record-breaking quadriplegic sailor Hilary Lister.
Based in Cowes, the UKSA’s 3.5 acre on shore campus and fleet offers a comprehensive range of industry accredited careers programmes, watersports and leisure careers training, and multi-activity watersports for schools, youth groups and the disabled. UKSA was founded by the retail entrepreneur Noel Lister.
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As a youth maritime charity, UKSA uses maritime education and on-the-water activities to inspire individuals and transform lives. Personal development, improved self esteem, broadened horizons and fulfilling maritime careers are just some of the outcomes.