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Local Engagement for Youth – with Youth – for the Future

Chair Ocean Youth Sailing

Model AG – Weinfelden – ‘For youth, with youth’ – With this as our motto, we have partnered with an innovative, long-term project based in Thurgau doing groundbreaking work.

Starting in April 2018, Model AG will sponsor the charitable youth organisation Ocean Youth Sailing and its pioneering project, which supports young people through the construction of a catamaran.

Founded in 2014, the association promotes responsibility, teamwork, cultural exchange, personal development and environmental awareness among teens and young adults – values that we can also identify with as a company.

The OYS primarily supports the following three projects:

  • Construction and operation of an off-shore catamaran
    Teenagers and young adults construct and operate an off-shore capable catamaran under expert supervision. The goal: to help young people learn responsibility, teamwork and technical skills.
  • Community projects in the area of youth development, the environment and the ocean
    Teenagers and young adults look for and support community projects related to the ocean, youth development and the environment.
  • Ocean sailing education
    Teenagers and young adults lead theoretical and practical off-shore sailing courses for other young people on land and at sea.


Over the coming years, once the catamaran hits the seas, the community projects will be expanded further. Both planning and implementation will take place in the context of project development and be carried out by the young adults themselves. The catamaran can serve as the base station for operations.

«‘In Model AG, we've found a partner that shares our values, offering support “For youth, with youth” by promoting an innovative and long-term youth project with groundbreaking work in the are.» 

Damian Ruppen, Sponsoring Ocean Youth Sailing​


About 1,600 teenagers and young adults are expected to benefit from the project over the next 10 years.

Dedicated teens and young adults building the catamaran


The project is running at full steam and is expected to be finished by mid-summer 2018.
You can find further information on the project and OYS here.

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