Alexandria Seaport Foundation helps young people gain self-esteem and empowers them to reach their human potential by building boats.

Through the building and use of wooden boats and adult mentoring, the Alexandria Seaport Foundation helps at-risk youth turn their lives around, providing them the job skills, social skills, and educational tools needed to become responsible citizens.

ASF Apprentice Testimonies:

"The Seaport Foundation has helped me more than I could have ever known. I was given hope when I had none; I was given purpose when there was none; I was given patience and time when I felt I’d never earned it; I was given a chance when I thought I had used the last of them up."

"During my time at the Alexanria Seaport Foundation, a
change occurred in my perception of life. My negative attitude was replaced by a newfound appreciation for responsibility, accountability and respect. I was shown that there are more positive ways to survive than the ways that I was choosing. ASF changed my life."

"When I first came to Seaport I was in and out of trouble doing drugs, running the streets. I didn't care how other people felt about me or what they thought. I had the worst attitude ever but they helped me stay focused on the things I needed to do to better myself and actually be someone in life. It took a lot of hard work and dedication from me and Seaport, but it paid off."

National Recognition and Awards

  • CNN Giving in Focus
  • NBC Making a Difference
  • CBS Evening News
  • Washingtonian
  • Catalogue for Philanthropy
  • Alexandria Philanthropy Summit (2009) Nonprofit Leader of the Year

It costs $35,000 to put one apprentice through our seven-month program. The success of ASF programs depends upon contributions and donations from corporations, foundations, and individual donors.


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