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. Rocking the Boat began in 1996 as a volunteer project in an East Harlem junior high school. It has since developed into a fully sustainable independent non-profit organization annually serving nearly 5,000 young people and community members. Rocking the Boat’s South Bronx neighborhood, Hunts Point, is in the poorest congressional district in the nation. Students here need comprehensive and sustained services to contend with the dangers of domestic and street violence, the disadvantage of under-resourced schools, and the too frequent lack of adequate family support. Rocking the Boat’s dynamic activities—complemented by wrap-around social work services—help fulfill these needs while promoting a greater sense of self-worth and developing stronger leadership, communication, teamwork, and problem solving skills. Rocking the Boat’s programs help inspire and empower high school age youth to develop into responsible adults.