Cleveland Tall Ships Festival 2013

Youth Empowered to Succeed through Sailing


Youth most in need of programming are often left outside the programming circle. Reaching these students is the impetus of Project YESS, a legacy program developed by the Rotary Club of Cleveland and launched in 2010. Project YESS helps youth (ages 13-17) by providing direction, developing courage, confidence and community, and opening students’ eyes to unique career opportunities that exist in the Great Lakes region.

YESS students develop teamwork, leadership, safety and navigational skills during an extraordinary 6-session land-based curriculum. Graduates then sail away on a 6 day, 5 night adventure aboard a tall ship and apply the skills they’ve gained through our program toward becoming a vital member of a dynamic on-board community, navigating an historic vessel toward its destination.

Click here for a Project YESS Fact Sheet

Click here for a Project YESS "Save the Date"

Click here for a student application for our YESS Class of 2014.

If you are unable to download the application, email ProjectYESS(at) subject line APPLICATION 2014 or call the Rotary office at 216.556.8637 to request an application.

2013 Program Schedule 

Friday, March 15, 2013 Applications Due  
Thursday, April 25, 2013 Orientation 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Sunday, May 19, 2013 Leadership Boot Camp 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday, May 23, 2013 Safety 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Thursday, May 30, 2013 Environment 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Thursday, June 6, 2013 Seamanship & Navigation 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Thursday, June 13, 2013

Career Relevance/Graduation

6:00 - 9:00 pm
July 2013 Tall Ship voyages - 6 days/5 nights  
Beyond 2013 Project YESS graduates become ambassadors to assist with program visibilty, marketing, and recruitment

Click on this for Project YESS Kids Video on YouTube

Click on this for Project YESS Sponsor Video on YouTube


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For additional information about Project YESS, contact:
The Rotary Club of Cleveland . 1122 Prospect Avenue . Cleveland, Ohio 44115
Phone 216.556.8637 .




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