Rocking the Boat, a youth development organization based in the South Bronx of New York City, offers water-based educational programs for underserved students and provides real-world experiences and engagement that goes beyond traditional classrooms.
Their On-Water Classroom exposes elementary, middle, and high school students to the joy of rowing and the beauty and ecological diversity of the Bronx River. Students of the NYI’s Schermerhorn Program paid a visit to their facility this week. These ninth graders enjoyed seeing how their student-built wooden row boats are made.
Last year two NYI students, Michael Harris and Michael Cruz participated in building one of their boats. If you look at the video you might spot them. They were building a 17-foot Whitehall rowboat and the organization’s 50th student-built boat.
The organization also has a community rowing program every weekend from Memorial Day to Labor Day when the local community can use the boats on the Bronx River for free.