ASF offers two programs to youth of the Greater Washington Area:
Through the building and use of wooden boats, the ASF Boatbuilding Apprentice Program helps at-risk youth, ages 18-22 to turn their lives around by providing the career, social and life skills necessary to become productive, responsible citizens. The Boatbuilding Apprentice Program operates as a year-round, full-time program and introduces STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) concepts while connecting apprentices to the resources of the Potomac River.
ASF partners with Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) and Arlington Public Schools to offer a middle school math enrichment program called Middle School Math Program. Using project-based, experiential learning, ASF works with students who have been identified as struggling in math to build cigar box guitars, model boats and skateboards. The program has proven results reflected in improved academic performance across the board and is offered during the regular class day, as well as after school.