‘Rocking Manhattan.’ Kids Don’t Just Build Boats, Boats Build Kids

by Carolyn Sotka

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Photo courtesy of Joaquin Cotten and Rocking the Boat

On Saturday September 27th, nine teams will circumvent the island of Manhattan in traditional whaleboats to raise money for the non-profit organization Rocking the Boat.

Rocking the Boat empowers young people challenged by severe economic, educational, and social conditions 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.

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Photo courtesy of Joaquin Cotten and Rocking the Boat

Since 1996 Rocking the Boat has hosted students from the Hunts Point section of the South Bronx and students represent Latino, African-American, Caucasian, West Indian, Indian, Asian, South American, and African cultures.

The organization serves nearly 3,000 young people and community members annually and has a variety of programs including free community rowing, youth development, and job skills training.

One of the late Pete Seeger and his wife Toshi’s favorite charities, visit  ‘Rocking Manhattan’ to donate and help get the kids of Manhattan off the island and onto the water.

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Photo courtesy of Joaquin Cotten and Rocking the Boat

Check out Rocking the Boat featured on The Today Show in late August to learn more about this amazing organization and the great service they provide to the NYC community.

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