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At the conclusion of every semester, Rocking the Boat’s Job Skills apprentices get to sit down with their Program Director—and talk about nothing but themselves for an hour! Is it teenage lack of guile? Surplus ego? Actually, the context for these Socratic discourses is the apprentice Performance Evaluation, a 30 to 60 minute conversation that offers the ideal platform to contemplate what went well, what could have gone better, and how to proactively improve.

It may be January, but students from the two Bronx schools currently enrolled in Rocking the Boat’s Public Program are thinking spring.

Two dozen ninth and 10th graders at Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School and a dozen sixth and seventh graders from Bronx Community Charter School have immersed themselves in woodworking projects that are helping make winter fade into the background.

Connecting with nature, rowing, hiking, fishing, sailing…all activities that might, for good reason, come to mind when you think about summer camp fun. Rocking the Boat campers have been enjoying all of those memorable experiences and many others this July and August, while at the same time learning important lessons about how to use the Bronx River safely and responsibly. 

This past March, Rocking the Boat launched the student level of two programs—sailing and environmental science—for the price of one! 16 new sailing students were recruited, as planned, to complete the roll out of Rocking the Boat’s major expansion into sailing.

kids don’t just build boats, boats build kids

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