Youth Development

Rocking the Boat, Inc.

  • Bronx, NY
  • www.rockingtheboat.org

Mission Statement

Rocking the Boat empowers young people from the South Bronx to develop the self-confidence to set ambitious goals and gain the skills necessary to achieve them.  Students work together to build wooden boats, learn to row and sail, and restore local urban waterways, revitalizing their community while creating better lives for themselves. Kids don't just build boats at Rocking the Boat, boats build kids.

Main Programs

  1. Youth Development Program
  2. Job Skills Program
  3. On-Water Group Programs
  4. Community Rowing
Service Areas

Self-reported

New York

South Bronx, NYC

ruling year

2001

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Adam Green

Keywords

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youth development, education, boat building, environmental science, Bronx

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EIN

13-4177814

 Number

6077318057

Physical Address

812 Edgewater Road

Bronx, 10474

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Rocking the Boat's programs engage young people in challenging, creative work; instill pride and self-confidence; emphasize the importance of academics; and provide continuous support and new opportunities over an extended period.  Moreover, Rocking the Boat's programs allow young people to recognize the beauty in their own community, empowering them to identify social and environmental problems and develop real solutions.  The Bronx River is not just a small urban waterway and Rocking the Boat's boats are not just small wooden boats, but symbols for the possibility of the Bronx and of the young people working to change it.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Youth Development Program

The core after-school and summer Boatbuilding, Environmental, and Sailing Youth Development Programs serve up to 48 high school age young people in each of three semesters.  Boatbuilders construct full-scale traditional wooden boats from scratch or help repair older boats in the fleet.  Environmental students use that fleet of student-built wooden boats to practice a range of maritime skills and perform environmental restoration and monitoring work on and around the Bronx River.  Sailing students learn the all the basics of the sport. A licensed social worker (LMSW), the Youth Development Social Worker, supports students through academic and emotional challenges and runs regular discussion groups and interactive workshops focused on issues such as safe sex, healthy relationships, the college application process, stress management, and nutrition.  Students’ experience is enriched each semester through day-, weekend-, and week-long trips within and beyond New York City.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$664,000.00

Program 2

Job Skills Program

The Job Skills Program gives up to 36 experienced students from the Youth Development Programs each semester the opportunity to further advance their skills in boatbuilding, environmental science, or sailing and prepare, more generally, for future professional and academic pursuits.  Boatbuilding Apprentices maintain and restore Rocking the Boat’s fleet and build boats for paying clients. Environmental Apprentices carry out a full slate of ecology projects in conjunction with Rocking the Boat’s professional scientific partners and run the Community Rowing Program, introducing the general public to the Bronx River and both its social and natural histories. Sailing Apprentices run a learn-to-sail camp for local middle schoolers. An LMSW, the Job Skills Social Worker, supports Apprentices throughout their time in the program, helping them negotiate the variety of family, financial, and emotional challenges that are a part of their daily lives, as well as providing direct support with college and financial aid applications, resume and cover letter writing, and interview preparation.  In addition, a Post-Secondary Opportunities Advisor is on staff to plan visits to local colleges—including a week-long trip over the winter—and college fairs, accompanies Apprentices to meetings with college financial aid officers and union pre-apprenticeship programs, and arranges meetings with professionals in specific fields of interest.  Annual trips to such venues as the WoodenBoat Show in Mystic, CT and Frost Valley YMCA in the western Catskills expose Apprentices to new, but related environments and allow them to demonstrate their knowledge and further build their confidence.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$692,000.00

Program 3

On-Water Group Programs

The On-Water Group Programs extend Rocking the Boat’s work to a broader audience of high school and middle school students as well as adults. Youth participants get out on the Bronx River during the school day and use it as their classroom while co-workers have unique teambuilding experiences.  Common programmatic themes include estuarine ecology, forest ecology, and the history of the Bronx River.  For all On-Water Group Programs, particular effort is put into creating unique learning experiences and customizing content to suit each group’s focus and meet their specific goals.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$236,000.00

Program 4

Community Rowing

Rocking the Boat offers free rowing on the Bronx River from Hunts Point Riverside Park on Saturday afternoons from May through September and at special events.  Led by Environmental Job Skills Apprentices, the program introduces approximately 2,000 local community members to the Bronx River each season, educating them about its history and ecology as well as ongoing environmental restoration efforts taking place both on and around its waters.

Category

Recreation & Sports

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$20,000.00

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Rocking the Boat helps young people from one of New York City's most impoverished neighborhoods develop key social/emotional and technical skills through hands-on educational initiatives, all of which involve building and using boats.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Rocking the Boat's core Youth Development Program engages 200 youth per year in a series of highly unusual yet incredibly powerful activities that last throughout their high school careers and into college. Participants enter as freshmen and sophomores and choose from one of three programs: Boatbuilding, Environmental Science, or Sailing. They then move from being students—who dedicate their time at Rocking the Boat to becoming familiar with the basic principles of their medium of choice—to paid apprentices, and once they graduate from high school, to members of the alumni community who are eligible for Rocking the Boat-sponsored college scholarships and to work for the organization as part-time Program Assistants while attending school or earning a professional certification.

    From the time they join Rocking the Boat all participants receive wrap-around social services provided by a team of licensed social workers who offer continuous social and emotional support, and, beginning in 2016, from a full-time Post-Secondary Opportunity Advisor, whose role will be dedicated to helping participants prepare for future academic and professional pursuits. In addition to the high schoolers who benefit from intensive services through Rocking the Boat's afterschool and summer programs, the organization extends its reach to a much broader audience through a series of Public Programs, which include On-Water Classroom and Summer Camp Programs for students of all ages, as well as teambuilding programs, ecology tours, and volunteer opportunities for adults, and a free Community Rowing Program that is run out of Hunts Point Riverside Park on Saturday and Sunday afternoons throughout the summer.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Not available.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Not available.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Not available.
Service Areas

Self-reported

New York

South Bronx, NYC

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Funding Needs

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Financials

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ROCKING THE BOAT INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Rocking the Boat, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Adam Green

BIO

A native of Manhattan, Adam graduated in 1996 from Vassar College with a focus on folklore and storytelling in American Culture. Through his work developing Rocking the Boat, Adam has received an Echoing Green Fellowship, a Union Square Award for grassroots organizing, has been the subject of a Queer Eye for the Straight Guy episode, and has been featured as a New York 1 New Yorker of the Week. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Bronx River Alliance and as a representative for Bronx Borough President Adolpho Carrion on the Hunts Point Monitoring Committee.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Carla Murphy

New York Fire Department

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?