Building Strong Boats Sailing Rough Waters
Tacoma Community Boat Builders works with at-risk youth crafting and sailing small wooden boats.
What We Do
We provide programs engaging at-risk youths in a one-to-one relationship with adult mentors. Our aim is to break down the barriers that inhibit at-risk and other youths; help them acquire the skills, integrity and confidence to be citizen and work ready; develop a sense of belonging, learning and growing together; and restore their sense of self-worth and value to the community. Youths are enrolled in one or more 10-week sessions where, under the guidance of their mentors, they learn the craft and practice of woodworking and wooden boat building, boat restoration, and boat handling. Out goal is to provide the meaningful experiences that give at-risk youths a reason to stay out of trouble and reconnect with the community.