The Boatswain Bar

The Rocking the Boat Connection:

In 2006, Emily Trower-Young was in search of an opportunity to give back to her hometown of New York City after graduating from college with a degree in visual arts.  She found her way to the shop at Rocking the Boat and immediately fell in love with the students and the boats.  Her passion for the organization continues today and she is grateful to be a continued part of the vibrant community there.  This new Rocking the Boat Soap is our way of saying thanks.

A Special Name for a Special Soap:

On a ship, a boatswain is responsible for the components of a ship's hull, essentially a ship's carpenter.  At Rocking the Boat, the name boatswain holds a deeper meaning.  One of Emily's first students, Melissa Mulcare Boatswain was a talented and beloved Rocking the Boat student for many years.  A young woman who took the world by storm, she dreamed of one day owning her own skin care company.  While she was never able to realize her dream, we feel it is only fitting that her name graces this very special soap.

About Rocking the Boat:

Rocking the Boat empowers young people challenged by severe economic, educational and social conditions to develop the self-confidence to set ambitious goals and gain the skills necessary to achieve them.  Students work together to build wooden boats, learn to row and sail, and restore local urban waterways, revitalizing their community while creating better lives for themselves.  Adam Green launched Rocking the Boat in 1996 as a volunteer project in an East Harlem junior high school.  It has since developed into a fully sustainable independent non-profit organization annually serving nearly 3,000 young people and community members.  Kids don't just build boats at Rocking the Boat, boats build kids.

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