Located in St. Paul, Urban Boatbuilders was founded in 1995 by a group of educators, boat building enthusiasts and community leaders. The organization was established on the premise that wooden boat building by small groups of teens is an effective tool for youth development.
They were right! Urban Boatbuilders effectively fills a service gap for youth who are able to find meaning and fulfillment in working with their hands to create something useful. Our boatbuilding programs promote understanding of academic content at higher levels by weaving interdisciplinary themes and applied learning into curriculum.
Urban Boatbuilders has built over 250 boats while working with more than 4,000 youth in 60 agencies, juvenile corrections programs and schools, and has also hosted more than 200 apprentices.