Alexandria Seaport Foundation


Kegni and Michael building their toolboxes, the first apprentice project.


Educational Boat building in the schools--dory boat models at Winkler Preserve


Apprentices, volunteers, and staff turning the first dory.


Curtis Blues and the Hammond Hammerheads playing cigar box guitars.


Gluing up the Challenge Wherry


Making toy boat kits in the 2 Duke St. Shop


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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Organization Information

Alexandria Seaport Foundation
PO BOX 25036
Location - 0 Thompson's Alley ALEXANDRIA, VA 22313


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

EIN 541208614

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