Enjoy this beautiful original water color-embellished print: Aliento Hope Town, by renowned artist Steve Kuzma. Give with joy and enthusiasm. This painting will remind you how much you love sailing, boats,
HOTS is 100% funded through the generosity of private individuals, local community organizations, and business leaders. We ask for your help to make this program as accessible as possible, and
All people are sacred and miraculous; they harbor the potential to manifest truly creative personal lives, healthy families, and thriving communities, driven by a uniquely conscious and caring, self-determined engagement with the world around them.
This is the wholehearted philosophy behind Heart of the Storm (HOTS), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides a safe environment for youth to explore and develop their sense of self through shared boating adventures on the coast of Maine, and in the Bahamas.
Life has its storms, they come and they go. It can be chaotic, awe-inspiring, and profound. HOTS nurtures development of the inner identity of teens, as they navigate the turbulent waters of life, exploring the world as an ecosystem of land, sea, human community, and individual personality.
In Blue Hill, Maine, our three-, six-, and nine-day voyages take place during the summer, school vacations, and weekends. HOTS partners with boat captains, facilitators, contributors, schools, and a boundless variety of guest educators who join our expeditions. HOTS offers youth the opportunity to explore the coast and islands in their area while taking part in a curriculum that facilitates discovery and contemplation beyond their daily routines, leading to a pansophic view of themselves and the world.
…a marine biologist joins us for a nine day voyage and shares tales of her work; a Red Cross instructor teaches us assessment and lifesaving skills on island beach; an old salt shows us how to make beds out of reeds for our overnight stay on an uninhabited island; we gaze at the sea under a canopy of stars; we talk to locals living in remote island communities; we put on wetsuits with a certified scuba instructor and view skittering lobsters and other sea creatures underwater; we all sit together, voyaging, and talk about life’s big questions…
During the winter, alumni of the Maine HOTS program are further encouraged join our expeditions with local children in the Bahamas, also volunteering at our affiliate school for children with disabilities, Every Child Counts, in Abaco, Bahamas.
HOTS is funded entirely by private individuals, local community organizations, and business leaders. HOTS provides full scholarships that allow, and encourage, teens from all walks of life to participate.