WHAT WE DO

PROGRAM DETAILS

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