Waterside Workshops Youth Outdoor Recreation and Outings - Berkely, CA

by Waterside Workshops
Activity Type: Other
Region: Pacific West

Provides low-income teens and young adults with daily opportunities for outdoor recreation.

$25,000 Raised out of $25,000
1 Funders
0 Days Remaining

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Since our creation in 2007, Waterside has grown into a bustling neighborhood center that uses outdoor recreation and vocational education to promote youth development, encourage sustainable and healthy lifestyles, and cultivate positive change in the community.  We provide job-training, classes, and recreation opportunities for some of the Bay Area’s most at-risk youth while offering services to the community including a bicycle shop and repair facility, a full service wooden boat building shop, and Berkeley's only youth-run coffee shop.  We also provide assistance with basic needs such as access to housing and food, and youth have the opportunity to go on daily boating and biking adventures and quarterly outings.

Our organization consists of two primary programs:  Berkeley Boathouse and Street Level Cycles.
Berkeley Boathouse fills the void left by the loss of nearly all woodworking programs in local high schools. Youth work alongside our skilled instructors in an apprenticeship-style setting. After school, youth interns take the kayaks, canoes, and rowboats that they have built out on our neighboring estuary. For over 50% of the youth we serve, this is their first time in a boat.

Street Level Cycles combines a full-service community bicycle shop with a youth education program, creating a space where community members can learn to fix their bicycles while supporting vocational training for local youth. Located beside the Aquatic Park Bicycle Path, and just off of the San Francisco Bay Trail, Street Level Cycles ensures that community members of all income levels can enjoy bicycling in local urban parks.

With the support of the Outdoor Foundation, in partnership with Youth Outside and the Margoes Foundation, we will be able to greatly expand our capacity to take youth on outings outside of the Bay Area, specifically allowing us to take trips to our National Parks. 

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Berkeley, CA