Education on the Water - The Long Island Community Foundation

Education on the Water

Rocking the Boat


Twenty years ago, Roderick Jenkins, who coordinates our youth development grantmaking, was impressed by the way start-up nonprofit Rocking the Boat used boat building to teach math skills and environmental education.

Jenkins encouraged founder Adam Green to submit a proposal for funds to bring his program out of the basement of a Bronx apartment building. Now in its own workshop, it reaches thousands of young people.

As Green puts it: “Our kids don’t just build boats, our boats build kids.”