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Rocking the Boat

  • Rocking the Boat
  • 812 Edgewater Road
  • Bronx, NY 10474
  • 1996

Program Description

Rocking the Boat engages over 200 teens per year in a series of STEM-based programs 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 move from being students to paid apprentices to alumni once they graduate high school, at which point they are eligible to work part-time for Rocking the Boat as Program Assistants.

All participants receive wrap-around social services provided by three licensed social workers. Together they offer participants comprehensive social and emotional support, and help them graduate from high school, apply to college or trade school, overcome obstacles to attaining a college degree or professional certification, and map out a path for reaching their long-term goals.

Services Provided

  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College transition and retention support
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants
  • Science, tech, engineering, & math (STEM)


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 200
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0


  • Less than 25%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • CUNY Hunter College
  • CUNY Lehman College
  • State University of New York at New Paltz
  • Stella and Charles Guttman Community College
  • SUNY at Albany