Saturday, October 18, 2008

Boating for Youths in the BoogieDown

One of our readers in Berlin (yeah, that's right... we have a reader "overseas." What up now Brownstoner?) alerted us to this super cool organization that teaches the youth of the BoogieDown how to build boats.

The organization, Rocking the Boat, has been in existence for about 10 years now and serves over 2,000 students and community members each year. In addition to learning how to build a boat from scratch, students also learn various maritime skills and work to improve the condition of the Bronx River. Rocking the Boat also works with local schools to incorporate the program into school curriculum and offers job skill and advocacy programs.

Check out their website here to learn more about how the founder, Adam Green, built this program from the ground up and to read some inspiring comments from students who have participated in Rock the Boat.

If you're lazy and don't like reading, you can click here to view a BBC News piece which gives a nice overview of the program.

*Image courtesy of www.rockingtheboat.org*

~ErLu


1 comment:

Jordan Moss said...

Rocking the Boat's fundraiser/awards ceremony is this Thursday, Oct. 23 at the New York Yacht Club. I believe tickets are still available.
http://www.rockingtheboat.org/whitehall/