We provide a structured transformational setting and educational alternative for boys, age 14-17, who may otherwise end up in harsher state-run juvenile programs.
Boys in minor trouble with the law, expelled from school, who are exhibiting bad behavior are counseled and mentored by our team. They learn responsibility, self-respect, and respect for others, while they also have the opportunity to learn a vocation.
The Safe Harbor is a registered private school in the State of Florida. Our academic philosophy is built on the belief that education is a lifelong process and occurs in every area of life.
In addition to maritime and vocational skills and certifications, boys at Safe Harbor learn a variety of vocational skills relating to boat care, mechanics, cooking, and more.
Safe Harbor believes that each individual must come to their own decision regarding their faith. Every boy at Safe Harbor is instructed daily from the practical wisdom of the biblical book of Proverbs.
Safe Harbor, founded in 1984 in Jacksonville, Florida is a residential program utilizing the waterfront as a therapeutic residential and educational environment for troubled teenage boys.
“I just want to express our gratitude to you and the staff at Safe Harbor (past and present). We appreciate your efforts with Matthew and are thrilled that he has a H.S. diploma. Safe Harbor has enriched his life and his parents. Many thanks and blessings.”
“It has been my pleasure to day-sail with several of the boys enrolled at Safe Harbor Academy on sailboats they refurbish and maintain. Many of the boys are beginner sailors and have received excellent sailing and safe boat handling instruction from the Safe Harbor Academy staff and volunteers. The boys are alert to river traffic and understand the inland waterway navigation aides. They communicate effectively on course adjustments to operate safely on a busy commercial stretch of the St Johns River. We need more boaters on our local waterways trained to operate boats safely like these boys at Safe Harbor Academy.”
“I am a Past Commander and current Educational Officer of the Jacksonville Sail and Power Squadron. We are very luck to be involved with Safe Harbor and the young men instructing them on Safe Boating, Good Seamanship and Boating Skills. It is amazing to see how much the boys grow week to week. There are a lot of life skills taught you will not find a more polite group of Gentleman. A very Special and Amazing School with the dedication of Robbie, Doug and Staff.”
“Here are some updates on my boy…he is in college, with a 4.0 GPA (he had F’s and D’s when he first started your program). It has been fun watching him grow and become a fine young man! We attend church on regular basis, and he is looking to join a local youth group. Best regards to you and all at the Harbor and to all who work so hard and so willingly with the boys!”
“Our son has been doing very well and has become quite motivated towards his future. He has learned so very much, and we are quite proud of him. We just cannot thank you enough for being there for us. You have been an incredible blessing in our lives.”
CHARITABLE GIVING INFORMATION: Safe Harbor Haven Inc dba Safe Harbor Boys Home & Maritime Academy is a 501c3 charitable nonprofit organization. State of Florida Charitable Registration Number: CH2422. Legal Address: 4772 Safe Harbor Way • Jacksonville, FL 32226 Phone: (904)757-7918