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Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory

Smoother Sailing

Teach a kid to build a boat, and they learn much more than the physical skills.
Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory
Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory
Smoother Sailing

Teach a kid to build a boat, and they learn much more than the physical skills.

At The Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory, urban teens learn by doing. They get hands-on boat-building sail-fabricating experience, while they hone their problem solving, communication, and collaboration skills.

The boat-building is a means more than an end. PWBF’s approach is strength-based, building off the teens’ fortitude. Having a sense of responsibility helps them develop essential life skills, shape a more positive self-image, and even refine their academic skills.

The team at PWBF brings a wide range of expertise (e.g., marine ecology, sociology, special education, social work) and creates a nurturing environment. The ultimate goal is for teens to develop the habits of mind, discipline, and self-confidence to tackle challenges.

If not for PWBF, many of these kids wouldn’t have sailed the coast on a boat. But even more importantly, they might not have believed they could build one.