I stumbled onto the story of the non-profit organization Rocking the Boat, based in the Bronx, New York City, in the blog
Bridge Over Troubled Water. It’s another great story of an organization using the building of wooden boats as a path to helping at-risk youth. I love it. Here’s a nice quote form the founder and principal, Adam Green:
Knowing that they can solve problems, knowing that things happen and we can deal with them, says Green. We cant deal with everything in our lives, but certainly when you’re working with wood on a boat you can talk things out, look at the problems and resolve them. I think that kind of problem solving, as deep as you can imagine, is a really, really powerful part of this.
Good stuff. Rock on, Adam.
Incidentally, Bridge Over Troubled Water seems to be about water quality issues in general, especially in New York City. It has a link to this organization, The Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club, a club dedicated to canoing a pretty nasty industrial canal to promote its revitalization. More power to you, folks…