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Growing Through Rowing in Queens

Growing through Rowing in Queens
Middle school girls row on the East River as part of an award-winning program run by Trust grantee Row New York.

Funded by The Trust since 2003, Row New York gives girls and young women the chance to learn discipline and the joy of achievement through a challenging rowing program, where they train in the water and on land, and take part in workshops on conflict resolution, study skills, goal setting, and nutrition. The program and staff have received numerous awards, including recognition by the U.S. Rowing Association as a national model of diversity in rowing.

A 2003 grant supported a program that included college field trips and preparation classes alongside rowing. After the program many of the girls viewed going to college as a real possibility, and all of the girls mastered the basics of rowing and did better in school.

With our three-year grant for $150,000 grant in 2006, Row New York has given 250 girls from five middle and junior high schools the chance to take part in this 10-week course. It is also offering a program for young women in high school. To ensure more girls have the same opportunity, Row New York trained four teachers who can offer rowing during physical education class. The organization continues to work with the Department of Education to make the program more widely available.

After the organization's acquisition of a boathouse and dock in Harlem,  The Trust made a 2009 grant of $50,000 to expand the program to middle and high school girls in northern Manhattan.

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