On Saturday, July 16, participants in Rocking the Boat’s Job Skills program launched their boats from Hunts Point Riverside Park in the Bronx for an epic 14 mile row to Governors Island in New York Harbor for the 4th Annual City of Water Day.
Rocking the Boat uses boats to help young people challenged by severe economic, educational, and social disadvantage develop into empowered and responsible adults. Participating during the school day, after-school, and summer in hands-on wooden boatbuilding and on-water education programs, young people in the South Bronx develop the self-confidence to set ambitious goals and the skills needed to achieve them. The organization serves over 2,700 young people and community members annually. Kids don’t just build boats at Rocking the Boat, boats build kids.