Youth Development

Greater Lawrence Community Boating Program Inc.

  • Lawrence, MA
  • www.boatingprogram.com

Mission Statement

The Greater Lawrence Community Boating Program engages people of all ages and abilities in recreational and competitive water sports and fosters youth development and leadership activities in an urban setting.

Main Programs

  1. Sailing
  2. Rowing
  3. Youth Leadership Development
Service Areas

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Massachusetts

GLCBP's safe and affordable programs benefit youth and adults in the Greater Lawrence area including Lawrence, Methuen, Andover, North Andover, Dracut, and Haverhill. Several of our programs are dedicated to the City of Lawrence and its concentration of low income families.

ruling year

N/A

Principal Officer since 2011

Self-reported

Mr. Richard Koehler

Keywords

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GLCBP, Greater Lawrence Rowing, GLR, Celebration Regatta, youth development

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Also Known As

GLCBP

EIN

04-2671824

 Number

4526181447

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Community Recreational Centers (N31)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

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Overview

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For over 30 years, the Greater Lawrence Community Boating Program has provided the City of Lawrence and surrounding areas quality programming for at-risk, school aged youth through modeling and mentoring healthy behaviors and lifestyles. Our activities include 1)delivering high quality, fitness programs throughout the year for people of all ages and abilities; 2) providing job training and employment skills development for area teenagers; 3) fostering improved academicand environmental awareness, including water safety and disaster preparation, within our programming; and 4) increasing community impact as aemployer and contributor to the local economy. Each year, we extend free membership in our eight week summer programming to area youth from low income families. We have increased after school programming as well, and continued outreach to Lawrence schools during the academic year. In 2012: Our weekly attendance has increased to an average of 627 children, 97% from low income families (by federal standards), nearly half from single parent households.GLCBP hired 26 area teenagers and all received certification in Sailing Instruction and in CPR and First Aid from the Red Cross. These skills will enhance their future job applications in manysettings.Established an Indoor Rowing League at four area middle schools to address fitness and soaring obesity rates and engaged over 80 young people.Presented water safety instruction and disaster preparation in partnership with the City of Lawrence Fire Department to over 1,300 school children.Hosted two regattas and a canoe and kayak race to bring hundreds of competitors and spectators to Lawrence, producing a positive economic stimulus to the area.

Programs

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Program 1

Sailing

Sailing:June - August for youth ages nine and over andadults. Fleet includes more than 120 water craft, including sailboats, canoes, kayaks and windsurfers. Beginner: thefundamentals of sailing, water safety, sailboat rigging, knot tying, reading wind direction, and other aspects of sailing. Intermediate: precision sailing and handling differentboat classes and types. Advanced: navigation instruction, racing techniques, and finer points of boat-handling on all sized crafts. Competitive sailing opportunities are offered for high school youth in the fall and spring seasons.

Category

Recreation & Sports, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$200,000.00

Program 2

Rowing

Rowing: On land and water training for sweep rowing in shellsfor students in grades 8-12 and adult programs for all abilities. Team includes all enrollees and everyone gets to compete. Novices are coached separately, learning how to row together and prepare for local and regional races. Experienced rowers train and prepare for local and regional competitions in April and May. Most programs begin with sessions on rowing machines to learn technique, followed by boat handling and safety procedures. Students advance to rowing on the water and learn basic teamwork, fitness and fundamentals of boat handling. We offer free Learn-to-Row days as part of the Essex National Heritage Trails and Sails weekend, and at other times during the season.

Category

Recreation & Sports, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$150,000.00

Program 3

Youth Leadership Development

Job Readiness and employment: GLCBP seasonally hires young adults (most former program enrollees) to earn wages, learn job skills and employer expectations. Leadership Development: In school: Indoor Rowing League, Lawrence High School students learn coaching skills and receive academic and test preparation tutoring. Students receive a stipend, earn a coaching credential certificate, are given hands-on coaching practice at GLCBP, and are better prepared for standardized testing. Participants being coached were middle school students from area schools. Students were enrolled in a six week program, four days a week. At the Boathouse: Science and history-based field trips are offered to local middle schools through a Journey the River program, in partnership with the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Junior Ranger curriculum and the Lawrence History Center.

Category

Youth Development, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$20,000

Service Areas

Self-reported

Massachusetts

GLCBP's safe and affordable programs benefit youth and adults in the Greater Lawrence area including Lawrence, Methuen, Andover, North Andover, Dracut, and Haverhill. Several of our programs are dedicated to the City of Lawrence and its concentration of low income families.

Funding Needs

The City of Lawrence has one of the highest family poverty rates in the state at 24.3% and challenging economic times continue. Lawrence has the youngest average age in the state, with over 30% of the population under 18. Our job readiness, seasonal employment opportunities and school year programming offer assistance to area families in need. In addition to the area poverty, we play a significant role in addressing area statistics such as the alarming rates of obesity and substance abuse. Also, the school system currently ranks near the bottom of 350 communities in standardized tests. Funding is sought to support our: Youth Leadership and job readiness programming;Our blended programs for after and out of school activities which create excitement and maintain interest in physical health and attending school. Our infusion of health and academic preparation into programming aids the improvement of learning and living skills. Recreational programs that support physical and cognitivea ctivities, integrating the practical application of math and reading. These activities promote learning outside of the classroom and well as the basis of a healthy lifestyle. We challenge people to employ different systems of learning that will assist them in all future endeavors.

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GREATER LAWRENCE COMMUNITY BOATING PROGRAM, INC.
Fiscal year: Nov 01-Oct 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Greater Lawrence Community Boating Program Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Richard Koehler

BIO

Richard ""Jed"" Koehler was named Executive Director in March 2011 though he has a long history with GLCBP. As a teenager, his dad served as GLCBP Executive Director and he learned to sail at the boathouse. He remained in the area working with youthprograms and was Aquatic Director at the Lawrence Boys and Girls Club from 2003 -2007 and a Program Director at the YMCA of the North Shore from 2007 until June 2010 before taking on the directorship last year. Jed will continue oversight of all programming including partner relationships, the individual and group registration process and building enrollment, boathouseand fleet maintenance and participant safety.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Abraham Bashara

retired, Community Volunteer

Term: Dec 2012 - Nov 2013

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