Career-Prep Private High School
St. Petersburg, Florida
This innovative foster care agency and tuition free career prep, project-based high school literally lets students sail to a new future. Their “semester at sea” program focuses on a business/apprenticeship curriculum with a strong background in entrepreneurship, maritime education, culinary arts, and construction. Michael Long has built a program for the highest risk teens in the Saint Petersburg community who have disengaged from traditional models. He would use his prize earnings to develop capacity for a repository of more themed-projects, open another brick and mortar school in Hillsboro County, and expand 6-8 week sailing expeditions to students who don’t attend SailFuture. Students truly chart their own course with this unique education provider.