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Row New York

Row New York has been a grantee for many years because it is one of the most successful outcomes-driven sports and college prep programs in operation in New York City. Row New York maintains stellar metrics with 95% of students matriculating to college, an 89% first-year completion rate, and an 85% college graduation rate.

Row New York serves sixth-grade through 12th-grade students from under-resourced high schools with year-round programming that includes a blend of competitive rowing and individualized academic support. Youth participate in Regents test prep, a seven-week SAT prep course during the summer, career development activities, and college visits. They receive one-on-one assistance with the college and financial aid application process and assistance with recruitment to college rowing teams. The organization does not screen based on academic performance but, once admitted to the program, students with a GPA below 80% focus exclusively on grade improvement by engaging in tutoring and small-group academic instruction.

Row New York currently serves 230 middle and high school students at its Manhattan site on the Harlem River and its additional site in Queens. Its capacity is limited by the availability of rowing facilities where the organization can house academic programming and equipment, but the program has the potential to serve 500 youth.

In 2017, the foundation supported Row New York’s programming and capacity-building effort, which is focused on building a new boathouse for its headquarters to allow it to serve more youth in a comprehensive onsite program and to increase earned revenue streams.