WHAT WE DO

PROGRAM DETAILS

Tacoma Boat Builders offers one-on-one mentorship with hands-on learning programs. We use woodworking, wooden boat building, and rowing/sailing to develop a range of life-changing social-emotional and hands-on skills. TBB emphasizes relationships and choice for all who join us, youth and adults. This positive climate allows youth to develop empathy, competency, and a stronger ability to advocate for themselves. 

HANDS ON  SKILLS

  • Shop safety and skills
  • Project planning
  • Craftsmanship
  • Boat maintenance
  • Water safety
  • Crewmanship and diverse martime cultures
  • Joy of exploring the on the water

LIFE SKILLS

  • Relationship building
  • Teamwork
  • Self-Discipline
  • Creative problem solving
  • Empathy
  • Self Confidence
  • Self advocacy
  • Trust

People look at me and only see my problems. It didn’t feel that way here. But you’re not afraid of my problems either. I like that we get to do lots of different things: drawing, building, painting. It gives you different ways to express what’s happening on the inside.

Tacoma Boat Builder graduate, name withheld
Day in the life at the boat shop
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