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Frankford’s Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory is one of the Eagles Community Partners For 2017 Season

The Philadelphia Eagles are teaming up with three new Eagles Care partners this year as part of the team’s ongoing commitment to supporting local non-profits and helping to deepen their overall impact on the Greater Philadelphia Region.

The three partners that the Eagles will be collaborating with in 2017 include: Dignity HousingPhiladelphia Wooden Boat Factory, and Ryan’s Case for Smiles.

It’s “About Time” to christen this boat!

  • Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory (Frankford area) was founded in 1996 by Geoffrey McKonly, who believed disengaged youth needed a hands-on activity in a constructive environment to help them develop and apply academic skills. Nearly two decades later, the organization works to engage urban teens in hands-on boat building and on-water programming to nurture the problem solving, communication and collaboration skills needed to become confident, capable adults. For more information, please visit

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Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Please join the Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory at the waterfront for our annual Summer celebration Community Row, 8/14/17 – 8/16/17 from 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm at the Frankford Boat Launch, 5600 Tacony Street.  Celebrate the Boat Factory apprentices’ accomplishments at this closing event for the 6-week summer WorkReady experience.

During those 6 weeks, the RiverGuides have completed work-exchanges with regional maritime agencies and continued their conservation work in partnership with Delaware River City Corporation. The Boat Builders have built a brand-new boat for the Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory’s Community Yacht Club. This boat, Artemis, will be launched at a ceremony on August 14th at 6 PM.  The high school sailing apprentices have learned the basics of sailing and are leading two-week sailing camps for middle school youth from the region.


Let the RiverGuides take you out on a boat ride, see the Boat Builders launch their brand-new boat, and let the Sailors teach you sailing basics!  Enjoy all these activities, grab a bite to eat, and more all by the Delaware River.

Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory (PWBF) was founded in 1996 to serve high-school youth who had increased disengagement from education.  The program served as a locus for public-school teachers to build boats over 18 weeks.  Then in 2010 it transitioned to an out-of-school-time model and has been serving the Frankford community since 2009.  This transition has allowed for an increase of students served annually, as well as becoming intentionally strength-based.  The work at PWBF is centered around being trauma- informed providing a longitudinal approach that enables participants to develop trusting connections with staff to explore, take risks, and recover form failure – experiences that lead to a sense of personal agency.

Please join our apprentices for a day that recognizes their achievements at the boat factory.  Enjoy the Delaware River while learning from our students.  See a new boat get launched, enjoy boat rides, and learn mini sailing demonstrations.