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.