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Rocking the Boat

Rocking the Boat 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. Our program empowers young people challenged by severe economic, educational, and social conditions to develop self-confidence, set ambitious goals, and gain the skills necessary to achieve them. Literacy tops the list of academic skills students practice at Rocking the Boat. In an area where high school graduate rates hover at a dismal 35%, our goal is for all Rocking the Boat participants to complete high school and enroll in college.

Magazines are a medium Rocking the Boat already makes great use of in furthering our literacy goals. Our Program Directors incorporate technical publications in their lesson plans all the time, helping students see their work in a larger context. Our Social Workers frequently reference popular magazines in their group work, which is hugely valuable in demonstrating the relevance of discussion topics.

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501(c)(3) charity

Bronx, NY

Serving roughly 75 boys and girls (high school)

Magazines Requested: Wooden Boat magazine, Fine Woodworking, Sail, National Geographic

  • Henderson Middle School

    School or Library
    Students Grades 6-8
    Richmond, VA USA
    Needs: 75 Magazines
    Magazines Requested Oprah, Ebony, Cobblestone, Highlights, Cricket, Calliope, OWL, Sports Illustrated, Sports Illustrated for Kids, National Geographic for Kids, Kids Discover, ASK, Ranger Rick, Zoobooks, Dig, Boys Life, Teen Magazines and Music Related Titles.

  • Nunavut Inuit Families

    Education Program
    1,500 children and adults
    Nunavut Territory, Canada
    Needs: 250 magazines and comics
    National Geographic Little Kids, National Geographic Readers Digest, Sports Illustrated, education and fishing magazines, and comics.

  • Wave City Care: Shine Program

    501(c)(3) charity
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Serving: Girls in from grades 5th through 12th
    Needs: 50 magazines per month, year round
    Magazines Requested: Girls teen, Career, National Geographic, Fashion, Home, Family, Women, Seventeen, Redbook, Teen Vogue, Self, Good Housekeeping, Home Journal, Ellle, Homes & Garden

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