Safe Harbor Boys Academy
Christian boarding school for troubled boys in Jacksonville, Florida.
SAFE HARBOR…A LIFELINE FOR TROUBLED BOYS
Safe Harbor offers a unique therapeutic program for at-risk boys, who live aboard vessels and learn seamanship and maritime skills while studying for their high school diploma. The program offers exceptional education for teens who are not thriving in their current school. We achieve a very high success rate with these boys, which means you enjoy the peace of mind knowing that your child is receiving the structure, stability, guidance, discipline, love as well as the academic and vocational training he needs. Contact us for our screening application and program description for troubled teens.
Safe Harbor is a nonprofit organization that is unparalleled in its ability to create men of character, integrity, and vision. Each cadet learns responsibility by working and living on their own boat, gaining success in the maritime environment, learning to captain their own vessel and leading to successes in other areas of life.
The dramatic story of how Safe Harbor Academy began 30 years ago was brought to television in 2009 by the Hallmark Channel movie Safe Harbor, which continues to be aired periodically today. The academy is similar to a therapeutic boarding school, but it uses disciplined maritime and seamanship training as a therapeutic framework for helping turn around at-risk teenage boys. Safe Harbor features a team of professionals who provide a secure, stable, and structured alternative to harsher juvenile programs or more expensive therapy. Boys in minor trouble with the law or who are exhibiting bad behavior or disrespect are taught responsibility, self-respect and respect for others through around the clock mentoring and counseling. The boys are also given spiritual instruction and character-building principles while also continuing or getting caught up on their formal education through our in-house accredited school.
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SAFE HARBOR THE MOVIE
See Safe Harbor (the movie) by Hallmark Channel
CBN NEWS REPORT ABOUT SAFE HARBOR
CBN News reports on our program.
Bringing Hope and Healing to Families and At-Risk Youth for More than 25 Years
WHO WE ARE
Safe Harbor was founded “accidentally” 30 years ago when a judge asked the founders, Robbie and Doug Smith, to care for a troubled boy on their large sailboat, instead of that boy being sent to juvenile hall for the weekend. The judge, a friend of Doug’s, wouldn’t take “No” for an answer, even though the Smith’s were retired and about to embark on an around-the-world trip on their boat. The success of that weekend triggered more pleas by the judge for the Smith’s to help more boys, until the Smith’s needed more help. A nonprofit program was launched and formalized in 1984. Safe Harbor is now an established nonprofit maritime-based boarding school based in Jacksonville, Florida. It utilizes maritime principles, discipline and seamanship as a therapeutic model for helping turn around at-risk teenage boys. Safe Harbor provides a safe, structured, and exciting alternative to therapeutic boarding schools and harsher juvenile programs.
News and Info
California Pizza Kitchen Awards $250,000 Grant to Safe Harbor »
Doug and Robbie Smith retire after 30 years at the Safe Harbor helm »
Dustin Johnson takes the lead as Executive Director at Safe Harbor »
Safe Harbor is a lifeline for troubled boys. The maritime-based boarding school program in Jacksonville, Florida is similar to a therapeutic boarding school, but it uses maritime training as a therapeutic model for helping turn around at-risk teenage boys