Donate to LA Maritime Institute

Why give to Los Angeles Maritime Institute?

Our TopSail Youth Program is offered year-round, free of charge to students from under-resourced schools and youth organizations in San Pedro and Wilmington, and throughout the greater Los Angeles area.  Since our founding in 1992, we have served more than 60,000 at-risk youth in low-income communities throughout Los Angeles County.

Our “no cost” program is offered to Title I middle schools and high schools as well as youth groups located within the 15 council districts of the City of Los Angeles, and is made possible by generous financial support from the Port of Los Angeles, a TopSail program sponsor for more than a decade.  We also serve upper elementary grades and provide tall ship dockside programs.

Our “reduced cost” program is offered to any school or youth group with limited ability to pay, thanks to the support of corporate sponsors, foundations and individual donors.  In addition, any revenue earned from public sails, fundraising events or private bookings goes back into our adventure education programs.

Since our inception, our goal has been to never be in port when we ought to be at sea, to never turn a young person away for lack of money, and to never sail with an empty berth.

We hope you will partner with us in our mission to provide educational, transformational experiences at sea for all of L.A.’s Youth!  Please donate today and help keep our life-changing program afloat.  Remember… 

Today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders.