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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

  • Gerald J. Ryan Outreach Center, Inc

    501(c)(3) Charity
    Wyandanch, NY

    Serving the following number of individuals on a monthly basis:
    550 children ages 0-17
    630 adults ages 18-59
    35 seniors ages 60+

    Magazines Requested: Magazines for a wide age range of readers on topics such as cooking, women’s health, automobiles, teen trends, kids magazines etc.

  • Street Youth Ministry

    501(c)(3) Charity
    Austin, TX, USA
    Needs: 20 magazines per week
    Magazines Requested: Car, Cooking, Traveling, Gardening, Organic Farming, Science, Nature, Body Building, and Religion magazines.

  • New York Foundling

    Foster Care
    18 boys and 24 girls
    New York, NY USA
    Needs: 42 Magazines
    Magazines Requested: LUCKY magazine, J-14, Popstar, Teen Voices, Girls Life and Sports related.

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