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Safe Harbor

Maritime-based program for troubled boys

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SAFE HARBOR BRINGS SEA CHANGE
It’s the sea change, that is seeing a whole new change in lives

For boys age 14-17 who are getting into trouble, we provide a maritime-based, structured program that is an alternative to those provided in harsher juvenile programs. Boys in minor trouble with the law or who are exhibiting bad behavior are taught responsibility, self-respect, and respect for others through around-the-clock mentoring. Safe Harbor offers a unique program for at-risk boys who live aboard vessels and learn seamanship and maritime skills. The program offers exceptional motivation 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, and vocational training he needs. Contact us for our screening application and program description.

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Safe Harbor is a nonprofit organization that is unparalleled in creating young 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.
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For boys age 14-17, we provide a maritime-based, structured program that is an alternative to those provided in harsher juvenile programs. Boys in minor trouble with the law or who are exhibiting bad behavior are taught responsibility, self-respect, and respect for others through around-the-clock mentoring.

The dramatic story of how Safe Harbor began 34 years ago was brought to television in 2009 by the Hallmark Channel movie Safe Harbor, which continues to be aired periodically today (or can be seen on Amazon Prime). The program uses disciplined maritime and seamanship training as a framework for helping turn around at-risk teenage boys. Safe Harbor features a team of professionals who provide a secure, stable, and structured program for boys who are taught responsibility, self-respect, and respect for others. The boys are also given spiritual instruction and character-building principles.

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“SAFE HARBOR” MOVIE

Safe Harbor (the movie) was produced by Hallmark Channel and continues to be shown periodically.

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Boys enjoy water activities as they learn maritime skills.

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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 success of that weekend triggered help for more boys. Safe Harbor is now an established nonprofit maritime-based program, teaching discipline and seamanship to at-risk teenage boys. Safe Harbor provides a safe, structured, and exciting alternative to harsher juvenile programs.

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We are an awarded program that teaches responsibility and leadership.

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Help enable us to accept more boys into the program. You can be a part of helping sponsor a child through a tax-deductible gift, boat donation, or by attending an event.

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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
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We can also help you in your search for other boarding schools, best christian therapeutic boarding schools, alternative boarding schools, Christian schools for troubled youth, homes for boys or Christian schools for troubled teens. If you are searching for troubled youth homes, troubled teen schools or troubled teen boarding schools, you have found one. Homes for troubled teens and boarding schools for teens don’t typically offer teen counseling and therapy, but we do. Safe Harbor is unlike therapeutic schools. It serves at-risk boys from the southeast and in Florida cities like: Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Orlando, Hialeah, Tallahassee, Fort Lauderdale, Port St. Lucie, Pembroke Pines, Cape Coral, Hollywood, Gainesville, Miramar, Coral Springs, Clearwater, Miami Gardens and Palm Bay. We help boys in Georgia, in Kentucky, in Tennessee, in Missouri, in Louisiana, and in Texas, and in the Midwest in Michigan, in Ohio, in Indiana and in Illinois. Also, troubled teens from homes along the east coast including in Virginia, in North Carolina, in South Carolina, in Pennsylvania, in New Jersey, in Massachusetts and in New York.

Program for At-Risk Boys | Seen in the Hallmark Safe Harbor Movie

Florida maritime program helps at-risk and underperforming boys, dramatized in the Hallmark movie, Safe Harbor

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