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BENEFITING: Rocking the Boat, Inc.

ORGANIZER: Dustin

EVENT: Rocking Manhattan 2016

EVENT DATE: Sep 17, 2016

Jeffrey Gillis

THE STORY:

Dustin Goodwin wrote -

Rocking the Boat empowers young people from the South Bronx 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. Kids don't just build boats, boats build kids.

Rocking the Boat participants, nearly all from Hunts Point and surrounding neighborhoods, deeply and daily feel the effects of living in the poorest Congressional District in the nation. More than one-third of the District’s total population and half of the district’s children live below the poverty line and the area consistently has double the unemployment rate of the metropolitan area as a whole. These disheartening statistics are compounded by the City’s strained and unbalanced educational system. Public schools in the South Bronx are overcrowded and underfunded, resulting in discouraged students and contributing to an alarmingly low on-time graduation rate of just 33%. Too many students get caught in a cycle of failure starting with dropping out of high school and skipping college. Without intervention they are likely to engage in destructive behaviors including gang involvement, substance use, street crime, and to become parents before they are ready.

Rocking the Boat’s fleet currently numbers 49 rowing boats and sailboats. Students work with skilled carpenters and experienced environmental scientists learning and applying the math, science, design, carpentry, and maritime skills necessary to complete their projects, and in the process gain self confidence, leadership skills, and a real sense of inner strength. They also work regularly with staff social workers on academic and social-emotional issues, college guidance, and venture outside their comfort zones on long distance rowing, sailing, and camping trips, as well as to a range of collegiate and professional environments. As a result of all this, Rocking the Boat students are more successful in school, are accepted to college at much higher rates, and have done more to develop the character traits that will lead to long-term success.

 

 

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$630

MONEY RAISED
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  • Pete Clark

    $25

  • JEN SULLIVAN

    $25

  • Anne Chaisson

    $100

  • Taylor Barton Smith

    $100

  • Miles Sackler-Berner

    $25

  • Laurie Fink

    $25

  • Cheri Chaisson

    $30

  • The Smith Family

    $100

  • ray di pietro

    $25

  • Jordan

    $25

  • Jonathan McHugh

    $25

  • Ross Zapin

     

  • Nick Attaway

    $25

  • Andrea and Steve Kline

    $50

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The Team: $22,329 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Dustin Goodwin

Amount Raised

$6,615

 

132% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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Matt Weinreich

Amount Raised

$5,347

 

107% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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Nick Siewert

Amount Raised

$3,882

 

97% Raised of $4,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Jan-Willem van den Dorpel

Amount Raised

$1,925

Fundraiser Title

Bill Finan

Amount Raised

$1,475

 

59% Raised of $2,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Sean Cooney

Amount Raised

$1,455

Fundraiser Title

Brandon Mazey

Amount Raised

$1,000

Fundraiser Title

Jeffrey Gillis

Amount Raised

$630

Donor Comments

Andrea and Steve Kline

Andrea and Steve Kline

DONATION: $50

1 year ago

Nick Attaway

Nick Attaway

DONATION: $25

1 year ago

Ross Zapin

Ross Zapin

Jeff gillis 1 year ago

Jonathan McHugh

Jonathan McHugh

DONATION: $25

Take 3 Advil when you wake up as your not at WQBK anymore, you are old... but still passionate! 1 year ago

Jordan

Jordan

DONATION: $25

1 year ago

ray di pietro

ray di pietro

DONATION: $25

1 year ago

The Smith Family

The Smith Family

DONATION: $100

We hope you Rock your Boat! 1 year ago

Cheri Chaisson

Cheri Chaisson

DONATION: $30

1 year ago

Laurie Fink

Laurie Fink

DONATION: $25

1 year ago

Miles Sackler-Berner

Miles Sackler-Berner

DONATION: $25

1 year ago