Youth Boat Building Program Gains Recognition


Students of The Harbour Youth Center in Woonsocket were selected to have a visit from the Governor Gina Raimondo’s cabinet in honor of the Governor’s proclamation of STEAM Month. On Tuesday, March 5th, Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training’s Director Scott Jensen came to the Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol where the course is held, to learn about the Youth in a Boat Building Program. This is the second year the boat program has run thanks to exceptional leadership and a strong partnership with Rhode Island Marine Trades Association and Herreshoff Marine Museum, through REAL JOBS RI Grant. 

Students from the Youth Center who were selected to participate in this program are not only gaining meaningful skills related to carpentry, math, science, and boat manufacturing, but also are earning a wage and even school credit! 

During Director Jensen’s visit, he got a chance to engage with our youth as they explained their process of building the boat from scratch, with only hand tools. Our youth were able to highlight the skills they are learning, and how they hope to translate them to employable skills once they enter the workforce. They expressed that they are thankful for the opportunity to travel out of Woonsocket to Bristol, in order to explore Rhode Island’s many opportunities for growth within STEAM, Marine Trades, and Manufacturing. 


After a visit filled with laughter and learning, the Harbour Youth Center staff and students are thankful for Director Jensen’s visit, and our highlight in Governor Raimondo’s STEAM Month. We know first hand that when our youth are supported by important leaders in our states and cities, that they thrive within their communities. Thank you for your continued support, All Aboard and Anchors Aweigh! 

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