This program, including the plans, instructional manuals, hulls and molds is available from Dale Wenninger /#/ Pdwenn/#/comcast.net GOALS OF THE PROGRAM
For the Mentor: Provide an outlet for valued life experience, feedback, assurance and reassurance of self worth through valued contributions of time, insight and experience as well as a connection or reconnection to multigenerational interaction. Provide a positive subjective psychological mirror through which their identity can be reinforced. Personal growth through learning and doing new projects. Goals and forward looking focus toward a structured and predictable activity. Develop a relationship that will endure over time. Provide training in: how to be successful at the task of mentoring, the art and techniques of listening and imparting wisdom. How to recognize and utilize teachable moments and opportunities. Learning about the psychological developmental stage of the Mentee. What to expect and how to respond. Development of Goals, strategies and objectives. Setting goals for each session of the program. How to respond constructively to the failure of ones Mentee to meet the commitment they have made, and how to reward their successes.
For the Mentee: To learn skills in: basic boat design, sailing and sailing principals, precise woodworking, high value of results, self-pride and confidence, insight into project design from beginning to end (expecting a goal being set for each following session) and resourceful-ness. To develop self-discipline of organizing ones efforts and the maintenance of tools and workspace. To gain a sense of commitment and responsibility through a contract of performance agreed to as a part of acceptance into the program. How to organize ones time and ones life to a more productive result. To gain insight into the interrelationships of the elements-boat parts to performance. Wind and water beyond individual's control, but are observable to be used toward ones personal goals is a lesion transferable to life in general for example. To gain resilience and a sense of stability through a dependable and durable relationship with a caring and responsible adult. To benefit from the nurturing and the perspectives of a friend beyond their peer group. The sailing of the boats they have made will give immediate positive feedback through peoples reactions to their accomplishments, provide an activity which will be socially interactive and relaxing as opposed to the "lean forward" computer games so often designed around principals of violence and anti-social themes.
THE PROJECT Building a 50/800 Vintage Marblehead class Radio Controlled sailboat. The program would provide detailed plans and information on what to use, how to fabricate parts, where to find the raw materials at the least expense, while allowing options and creativity. The cost of the boat could be less than $50.00 (not including the electronics which would add approximately another $95.00) depending on how much of the boat was made from raw materials by the group. The project could be self-funding through the sale of "Display" boats made for practice by the adults prior to the beginning of the program and sold to local merchants and individuals in support of the program.
SKILL AND TOOL REQUIREMENTS As with any project such as this, interest and commitment are the most important elements. At least one person participating in the project should have access and knowledge of the use of a table saw, a small drill press and either a jigsaw or band saw. Small tools such as rasps, Dremel tool, screwdrivers, electric drill and palm sanders, electric soldering irons etc. are needed. The adults would mold the hulls; rough cut the deck beams and decking, deadwood and spars. They would puddle cast the ballast from tire weights that the kids would gather from local service stations. Together, the kids and the adults would make the rest of the parts, finish and assemble the pieces to make the completed boat. A schedule beginning in the middle of September, meeting twice a month for two hours as a group and meeting a few times together (mentor and mentee) as required, would allow for the boats to be completed for a May launch. You are invited to contribute your ideas for programs. We need your creativity, your experience and your wisdom. Dale Wenninger /#/ Pdwenn/#/comcast.net
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