Today Show: After School Program Shows Kids How To Build Boats By Hand
The Today Show had the story on a new program called Rocking the Boat which is an after school program to show kids how to build boats by hand. Kids saw, chiseling, sand, and paint to bring wood to life into a boat. Around 200 kids in the South Bronx come together after school for hours to learn how to build boats.
One student said that she told her grandpa she wanted to do this program and he told her that was good, because she breaks things all the time and she should learn how to fix things.
Today Show: Building Boats Teaches Real World Skills
The program is the vision of Adam Green, the executive director. The program started 20 years ago when a teacher friend of Adam Green’s asked him to help students build a boat and it really inspired him. He said that it was thrilling to see kids use things they’d been taught in school but never been able to use in real life.
So this program incorporates woodworking, math, and engineering to bring school lessons to life for students. This is particularly important in a neighborhood where life is hard. The child poverty rate in the neighborhood of the program is the highest in America. A third of the families somehow manage to live on less than $15,000 a year. It’s as poor as it is dangerous. It’s 67th out of 69 New York neighborhoods in crime.
Today Show: Setting Students Up For Success
Adam Green said they realized there was no way to help these kids without social work support, so they added social workers and added job skills training to the program. One student said the program transformed his personality from a shy kid who didn’t want to talk to everybody to someone who came out of his shell and really wants to know everyone’s stories. Another student said the place was safe to express any worries.
Students in the program have made about 50 boats so far. Rocking the Boat keeps the boats for their own use and for learning purposes. The neighborhood has a 35 percent graduation rate, but the students who participate in this program graduate from high school on time.
Today Show: Seeing Things The Right Way
Blogger Glennon Doyle Melton shared her story of how posting a picture of herself in her kitchen changed her life. After posting the picture, people responded with suggestions of how to improve her kitchen. She started to feel really down about her kitchen.
Then she took a breath and decided to look at her stuff from a different angle. She called this “perspectagles,” looking at things from a different perspective. She had a school corner in her house with all of the flyers and things her kids’ schools send home. She said that people said she should fix up that corner, but when she looks at it she feels gratitude for the amazing school. She’s also glad for her refrigerator full of food and her faucet which gives her clean drinking water. She also gets emotional when she looks at her medicine cabinet because it’s full of vitamins and her family is healthy.
If you would like to read more of Glennon Doyle Melton’s thoughts, check out her book Carry On, Warrior.