The pressure for teen girls to stay on course throughout adolescence, and throughout high school is immense. Not only must children of active servicemen and servicewomen face these regular teenage pressures; they must also cope with day-to-day uncertainty with bravery and resilience. They face numerous deployments and the fears that accompany them while their father or mother is away from home. Many families are often required to move throughout the country or abroad, and military kids do not have a choice but to say good-bye to existing friends and make new ones.
Although in many ways, these young ladies are the same as any other teenager: pushing the envelope of independence, lacking in confidence, searching to find their voice in the world, Sisters Under Sail wants to recognize that being a daughter in a military family poses additional challenges and circumstances to being a regular teenage girl.
In 2015, Sisters Under Sail is once again offering scholarship opportunities for daughters from United States and Canadian military families. Each of these teens will sail for one week aboard the all-women crewed tall ship, S/V Denis Sullivan, from Mackinac Island to Milwuakee, WI. Teen girls between the ages of 13 – 18 with a parent who is on active status or fallen in the line of duty are encouraged to apply. Girls from military families will be selected as scholarship winners, valued at $1200, for this cross-border initiative. Each applicant must complete an essay, provide references and asked to contribute $200 toward their voyage; providing "skin in the game". The application deadline is April 15, 2015 and award winners will be announced by April 30, 2015.
"Sister Under Sail has not only given me valuable sailing knowledge, but has also instilled confidence and perseverance to try new things and overcome fears. Before I went on my adventures, I never would have imagined myself climbing the ship’s rigging, steering the ship, or becoming the crew’s “engine room queen”. It was comforting to have sailed with military girls as well because we all had recognizable connections in our lifestyles, so building strong friendships was a breeze. The most rewarding part, however, was really finding my inner voice through challenges and new obstacles. This unbelievable experience has assured me that I can put my limitations to the test and achieve any goal I set to make."
Elissa ~ Fort McCoy, WI
While we believe that all girls deserve to learn valuable life lessons, we are committed to identifying young women making great choices who would not otherwise be able to afford such opportunities. Help these girls climb aboard with Sisters so they too can grow from our hands-on confidence-building leadership program.