Program areas at Row New York
Row New York combines the discipline of competitive rowing with rigorous academic support to prepare students from under-resourced communities for success in college and the workplace. In fiscal year 2020, Row New York's high-dosage program model provided 190 middle and high school youth with year-round athletic conditioning, academic services, and social emotional learning programming six days per week. Services were offered at the world's fair boathouse on meadow lake in queens, the peter jay sharp boathouse on the harlem river in upper manhattan, and the paerdegat basin launch in canarsie, brooklyn. All members of Row New York's class of 2020 graduated from high school on time and were accepted to college. Row New York's middle and high school rowing and academics program consists of the following core components:- rowing & athletic conditioning to prepare our student-athletes for competition, improve their health and fitness, and reinforce 21st-century skills like persistence and teamwork. High schoolers train five days per week and travel to 8 regional regattas/races in the fall and winter, and middle schoolers work out twice a week and gain exposure to competitive rowing by participating in several regattas throughout the year. - academic services, including one-on-one tutoring, sat prep, guidance through the high school and college application processes, group workshops, college visits, and other activities to ensure success in high school and college. Year after year, 100 percent of Row New York's seniors graduate from high school on time and are accepted to college. Row New York participants also exceed average college retention rates, as seen by how 97 percent of Row New York alumni from the class of 2019 completed their freshman year of college in 2020. - career-readiness activities, including resume-writing workshops, mock interviews, career-focused field trips, career panels, job and internship information sessions, and summer employment opportunities.- social and emotional learning: Row New York's social and emotional learning curriculum is designed to help youth improve executive functioning, time management, self-efficacy, emotional intelligence, cultural competency, and financial literacy. In addition, Row New York's director of social work provides one-on-one counseling, group workshops, and referrals to other service providers. In fiscal year 2020, 90 percent of Row New York's student-athletes displayed measurable improvements in tenacity, confidence, and positive engagement with peers and adults alike.
Row New York serves approximately 300 individuals with cognitive and physical disabilities annually through the organization's adaptive rowing programs. Please see below for an overview of the organization's adaptive programming in fiscal year 2020.- recreational adaptive program: the recreational adaptive program, offered for three hours every saturday, is open to individuals, ages 12 and up, with cognitive and physical disabilities. In fiscal year 2020, approximately 25 participants learned the fundamentals of rowing and physical fitness as they honed their rowing technique on and off the water.- competitive adaptive program: the competitive adaptive program prepares individuals with cognitive and physical disabilities for competition. Coaches meet with athletes to set personal goals, develop training plans, and ultimately ensure a safe and productive rowing experience. Participants in the program met three times per week to practice for competitive races, which they participate in throughout the year. In fiscal year 2020, approximately five individuals were regularly served by the competitive adaptive program. Adaptive athletes represented Row New York at the c.r.a.s.h.-b world indoor rowing championships, head of the charles, head of the schuylkill and the bayada regatta. We were planning on attending the san diego crew classic before it was cancelled due to covid. - school day adaptive program: delivered in partnership with the New York city department of education district 75, the school day adaptive program serves students with cognitive and physical disabilities over a 16-week period. In fiscal year 2020, the program helped over 120 young women learn basic rowing technique, build physical fitness, and enjoy an outdoor rowing experience.- summer camp program: throughout summer 2019, Row New York partnered with a wide array of organizations, including the initiative for women with disabilities, mount sinai, bank street, administration for children's services, helen keller school for the blind, ed thompson veterans program, and adapt to deliver day-long rowing experiences for 55 adaptive athletes.- freedom rows: as a usrowing freedom rows partner, Row New York delivered adaptive rowing programs for 35 veterans with disabilities, including a three-week introductory camp, 13-week indoor and virtual rowing program, participation in regattas, and year-round competitive and recreational rowing.