All Hands Boatworks

All Hands Boatworks inspires young people, especially those challenged by socio-economic and/or educational hurdles to develop skills, determination, and confidence to discover their talents. Youth work together to build wooden boats, gain valuable work experiences, and row their boats on our rivers for recreation and education.

At All Hands Boatworks, it’s about building more than a boat. All Hands Boatworks is a member of the Teaching with Small Boats Alliance, a professional network of more than 60 organizations and programs in the United States and Canada. All Hands Boatworks is a certified Building to Teach educational provider.

Who We Are
<p>All Hands Boatworks exists to build the skills, talents, hopes, and self-determination of youths in the Greater Milwaukee area through wooden boat building, work experiences, and on-water activities that foster development of character, educational success, and workforce preparation. AHB has been in existence for just about four years. In that time, AHB has served 1000+ Milwaukee youth and has built 50+ wooden boats. As a small non-profit organization, the team is made up of two full time and one part time staff and a dedicated team of volunteers who help with everything from woodworking to event planning.</p>
What We Do
<p>All Hands Boatworks, Inc. is flexible in offering programming to schools. We serve classrooms or crews during the school day, as well as after school. We create programming based on the school's interest or need - whether that's simple carpentry projects (tote box, birdhouse, etc...) or a full-blown wooden boat project, we provide STEAM-based projects that can build on academics or soft-skills that employers look for in potential employees. We also have our Real Apprenticeships For Teens (RAFT) programming for teenage youth looking for a more technically challenging build. While the build is the focus, participants will hear from speakers and learn more about a career in the trades. This year, our RAFT participants are building a 22' wooden rowing boat that we hope to launch this summer.</p>
Why It Matters
<p>In an age of smart phones and technology, working on a large project with a tangible results is increasingly difficult for many. AHB exists to kindle an interest in and understanding of our world through an easily accessible pathway. Whether or not a youth wants to pursue a career in carpentry, AHB hopes to instill the values of safety, workmanship, integrity, focus, and teamwork with all participants because we believe that these are the values that can help foster success in all that one does.</p>
Location(s)
1845 N Farwell Ave
Suite 100
Milwaukee, WI 53202
June 3, 2016
All Hands Boatworks exists to build character, opportunities, and hope in Milwaukee's youth through wooden boatbuilding, work experiences, and on-water activities. This issue includes the following stories:
April 13, 2016
All Hands Boatworks exists to build character, opportunities, and hope in Milwaukee's youth through wooden boatbuilding, work experiences, and on-water activities. This issue includes the following stories:
January 26, 2016
All Hands Boatworks exists to build character, opportunities, and hope in Milwaukee's youth through wooden boatbuilding, work experiences, and on-water activities. This issue includes the following stories:
August 26, 2015
All Hands Boatworks exists to build character, opportunities, and hope in Milwaukee's youth through wooden boatbuilding, work experiences, and on-water activities. This issue includes the following stories:
August 9, 2015
All Hands Boatworks recently was featured on FOX6NOW: Before the start of summer, 15-year-old Nodia Thrasher didn’t know the first thing about construction, that’s not the case anymore. “I’m learning about team work, sanding, using epoxy, and all sorts of things,” said Thrasher.
August 5, 2015
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has an excellent story in today's paper (August 4) about last week's Builders' Camp and All Hands Boatworks' participation in the Building2Learn Consortium: Vivica Lewis, 14, likes to work with her hands.
June 30, 2015
(Generously supported in part by the Forest County Potawatomi Foundation) June 25 - August 31, 2015 Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays (1:00 - 5:00 PM) (OR by special appointment) Emmber Lane Bridge Boat Launch 1313 W Mt. Vernon Ave Milwaukee, WI
March 16, 2015
All Hands Boatworks exists to build character, opportunities, and hope in Milwaukee's youth through wooden boatbuilding, work experiences, and on-water activities. This issue includes the following stories: Become an AHB Instructor "All Hands" Spring Meeting - 3/23 "Building To Learn" Initiative Launched at Messmer
February 13, 2015
All Hands Boatworks exists to build character, opportunities, and hope in Milwaukee's youth through wooden boatbuilding, work experiences, and on-water activities. This issue includes the following stories: Thank You to Donors We are recruiting and hiring Carmen High School Intersession Builders Club at Cass School
December 21, 2014
Join the growing numbers of our AHB crew of donors, sponsors, and volunteers who are bringing academic learning and skills to life through educational boat building and on-water activities throughout Milwaukee.
October 30, 2014
Cass Street School Carpentry Club
August 20, 2014
Antique & Classic Boat Show It was a beautiful day on Pewaukee Lake and All Hands Boatworks received a warm welcome and LOTS of interest at the Show. Many thanks to our summer assistant Demontrias for all his help. He was a great spokesperson for AHB! Thanks also to our instructors Eriks, Marty, and Kevin for their help. Can't wait to come back next year! (9 photos)
August 9, 2014
AHB began a dual boat build today with the summer youth restoration crew at the River Revitalization Foundation. RRF is Milwaukee's rivers land trust, and AHB is pleased to partner with them on the construction of two Bevins' Skiffs.
June 5, 2014
I am very pleased to let you know that All Hands Boatworks has been notified of its 501(c)(3) determination by the IRS. Contributions to AHB are now deductible under section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code.
April 15, 2014
In our most challenging project yet, we are guiding boys at the Nehemiah Project in Milwaukee on the construction of the Eureka 155 canoe. So far, the boys are about one-third of the way in this 75-hour stitch-and-glue project.
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