Fifteen-year-old Laura White, a resident of Alpharetta, Georgia, founded Swim4Success (previously Wild and Water Swimming, Inc.) in 2005. After she rescued five children from drowning during a community-sponsored outing to a local lake, Laura realized the true inaccessibility of swimming lessons. In July 2006, Laura and her swim team friends, coaches, and swim parents began organizing volunteers to teach swimming lessons, collecting donations and equipment, and choosing pool locations in the Atlanta area. The organization became so successful that it expanded the program to the New Orleans area in 2008. Swim4Success held its first lesson in New Orleans in March 2009. Since 2006, the program has taught hundreds of children how to swim.
What This Looks Like Today
Every Sunday of the academic school year, volunteer instructors from Tulane University teach free swim lessons to students from the New Orleans area. The program is entirely student-run, and has expanded largely since its founding, with over 80 students enrolled and 500 more on the waitlist.
2019-2020 Executive Board
Grace Eatman, Executive Director
Natalie Miller, Program Director
Luke Hirsch, Treasurer
Matt Salkin, Financial Advisor
Dani Goldaber, Public Relations Chair
To unite volunteerism and community resources to provide free swimming lessons to youth who would otherwise not have the access and to ensure that every child has the opportunity and available resources to learn the life-saving skill of swimming.
By providing youth with life skills through swimming, Swim4Success empowers youth and enables them to become agents of change in their own communities.