Row New York wants to improve the Pre-Competitive Rowing Exposure Program (PREP), which provides athletic (rowing) training, assessment-based tutoring, and homework help to 40 middle-school girls. PREP’s retention rate drops below 75 percent in the summer, and the girls experience summer learning loss. Row New York believes these losses are due to its current summer program only operating in July and the lack of an academic component. Row New York will hire a reading-literacy skills curriculum consultant to develop an eight-week summer program spanning July and August. In July, academic tutoring and other classroom learning will be paired with an equal amount of on-water rowing. In August, participants will split their time between educational field trips and experiential learning and academic activities. Tutors will be recruited from New York City colleges and receive a stipend or class credit.
Row New York offers the sport of rowing coupled with academic support to under-resourced youth in New York City.