When 18 year old Elizabeth Severino discovered wildlife struggling for survival in the Bronx River, she knew she had to get involved and take action to help clean the river. Luckily, she discovered a program in the South Bronx called Rocking the Boat.
Rocking the Boat uses traditional wooden boatbuilding and on-water education to help young people develop into empowered and responsible adults. Through these mediums, Rocking the Boat enables South Bronx students to deal with everyday realities that are often not addressed at home or in school. Five levels of community and youth development programs operate during the fall and spring academic semesters and over the summer. Together, the programs directly serve over 2,000 students and community members drawn from a range of New York City public middle schools, high schools and neighborhoods, the majority being in the South Bronx. Kids don't just build boats at Rocking the Boat, boats build kids.
Source: Rocking the Boat