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There was a moment some 20 years ago when an experiment brought a handful of students together to build and launch an eight-foot dinghy in a swimming pool in the basement of a Harlem middle school.  That idea’s promise, and a healthy dose of determination, led step by step to Rocking the Boat’s evolution to a basement classroom, a Cross Bronx Expressway storefront, and finally to a 6,000 square foot building of our own on the banks of the Bronx River where we serve more than 4,000 community members every year.

Rocking the Boat is proud to have been the wellspring of comparable moments for the young people from the struggling South Bronx neighborhood of Hunts Point.  Environmental Science Program students handle live eels they’ve just scooped out of the water, sparking a desire to discover all that is living in and around their river.  Boatbuilders use rulers and for the first time really get what all the marks mean, and now have a powerful tool to render schematic diagrams.  Sailors tend lines to help a boat move gracefully through the water, and, savoring the new feeling, now want to take the helm and drive.  The high school junior who never thought that college was within her reach attends a campus tour led by a Rocking the Boat alumna she knows, and her mindset shifts from can’t to can.  

The warmth of the Rocking the Boat environment, support of Program Directors, Social Workers, and peers, and wealth of opportunities to try new things awakens a ninth grader’s self-confidence and curiosity about what they might become.  

And that’s just the start.

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There was a moment some 20 years ago when an experiment brought a handful of students together to build and launch an eight-foot dinghy in a swimming pool in the basement of a Harlem middle school.  That idea’s promise, and a healthy dose of determination, led step by step to Rocking the Boat’s evolution to a basement classroom, a Cross Bronx Expressway storefront, and finally to a 6,000 square foot building of our own on the banks of the Bronx River where we serve more than 4,000 community members every year.

Rocking the Boat is proud to have been the wellspring of comparable moments for the young people from the struggling South Bronx neighborhood of Hunts Point.  Environmental Science Program students handle live eels they’ve just scooped out of the water, sparking a desire to discover all that is living in and around their river.  Boatbuilders use rulers and for the first time really get what all the marks mean, and now have a powerful tool to render schematic diagrams.  Sailors tend lines to help a boat move gracefully through the water, and, savoring the new feeling, now want to take the helm and drive.  The high school junior who never thought that college was within her reach attends a campus tour led by a Rocking the Boat alumna she knows, and her mindset shifts from can’t to can.  

The warmth of the Rocking the Boat environment, support of Program Directors, Social Workers, and peers, and wealth of opportunities to try new things awakens a ninth grader’s self-confidence and curiosity about what they might become.  

And that’s just the start.

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812 edgewater road
bronx, ny 10474

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phone: 718.466.5799
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