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TWBW in the Virginian-Pilot 

Reporter Denise Watson followed up on her September 2015 feature on TWBW. In another wonderful article she provides an update on what's been going on at the workshop since she last visited us. Read it at the following link:


TWBW  Featured in Hampton Roads Community Foundation Video

Check out this awesome video that features the young boat builders from our winter program with Sail Nauticus. Our thanks to the Community Leadership Partners of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation for your support and to Andrea Bear of Bear In Mind Strategies who produced this video.


TWBW's is always looking for adult volunteers to help us. If you would like information on how to get involved, send us a message by clicking here:                            or call us  at (757) 353-9418.


TWBW's programs are open to Hampton Roads youth  ages 12 -18.  If you  would like more information on our programs and how to participate, send us a message by clicking here:                                 or call us at (757) 353-9418.

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Tidewater Wooden Boat Workshop is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that uses wooden boatbuilding and other nautical-related activities to help at-risk youth develop the life skills that lead to a successful future.

Spotlight on Our Winter/Spring Semester
The past five months have been busy ones at the workshop with 47 young men and women participating in our after-school boatbuilding program. Through our collaboration with Sail Nauticus Academy, 28 of their sailing students spent the winter months constructing two Bevin's Skiff rowboats.They learned to row the beautiful boats they built the week of March 13th.

We've also had 19 other teens at the shop working on our biggest boat yet, a 16-foot sailboat called the Tidewater Skiff. The boat was designed for TWBW by naval architect firm Donald L. Blount and Associates.  These young boat buillders are busy putting the finishing touches on the boat for our May 7th Open House.

TWBW on Evening News

WVEC 13 NewsNow in Norfolk featured TWBW in their April 28, 2016 newscast. Our thanks to Emmy-award winning journalist LaSalle Blanks for producing a wonderful story that highlights how TWBW is helping disadvantage youth.
Check out the video at this link:


2016 In Review

The year 2016 marked TWBW’s first full year of programming. We had 130 Hampton Roads youths participate and completed 6 boats, including our first sailboat.  Other highlights include:   

  • Partnered with Sail Nauticus Academy on a boatbuilding program for 22 Norfolk eighth graders who built three rowboats. (Dec 2015 – Mar 2016).
  • Conducted winter/spring boatbuilding program – began building our first sailboat (Feb – May)
  • Held our first Workshop Open House attended by over 200 people. (May)
  • Partnered with nonprofit Teens with a Purpose and Plaza Middle School (Virginia Beach) to provide one- and two-week boatbuilding / STEM summer camps for 65 youths. (Jul/Aug)
  • Conducted fall boatbuilding program with NRHA community youth and Ghent Montessori School (Sep – Dec)

Life Skills Through Boatbuilding