youth development

social work


Social Work is an essential component of Rocking the Boat’s comprehensive youth development model.  A three-member team includes licensed Social Workers who support Rocking the Boat participants from the time they join the Youth Development Program until long after they graduate from high school.  They offer participants social and emotional support, and help them graduate from high school, apply to college, overcome obstacles to attaining a college degree, and map out a path for reaching their long-term goals. Services include individual counseling, referrals to outside services, advocacy at school and at home, workshops and discussion groups, professional development, and college and career guidance.

When I came here I came with a visa. With that visa I wouldn’t be able to go to college. But Liz helped me get my green card. It’s because of her that I’m going to college.

Bubacarr Fofana, former On-Water student and Environmental Job Skills apprentice


Rocking the Boat is grateful to the following partners who collaborate with the Social Work Team in support of our students and apprentices:

Bottom Line
Bronx Connect
Bronx Defenders
Career Internship Network
Center for Anti-Violence Education
City Access New York

Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work
Hunts Point Alliance for Children
Legal Aid Society
Let’s Get Ready
Montefiore Medical Center
New York City Student Success Collaborative
New York University Silver School of Social Work
Options College Counseling at the Goddard Riverside Community Center
Planned Parenthood
Posse Foundation

kids don’t just build boats, boats build kids

rocking the boat
812 edgewater road
bronx, ny 10474
phone: 718.466.5799
fax: 718.466.2892