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>