Urban Boatbuilders

Mission Statement

Urban Boatbuilders promotes positive youth development through the building and use of boats.

Contact Information

2288 University Avenue West
Saint Paul, MN 55114

General Information

Alternative Name
Urban Boatbuilders, Inc., UBB, Urban Boat Builders
Principal Staff
Marc Hosmer
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE)
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Board Chair
Ben Pierson
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Impact and Programs

In 2013, Urban Boatbuilders made a profound impact on the lives youth served. Through the Apprenticeship Program with urban teens and through numerous partnerships with middle and high schools and other youth organizations, Urban Boatbuilders has provided young people with the skills, support and opportunity they need to achieve success. Last year, 175 youth experienced exciting experiential boatbuilding classes. Middle and high school students learned STEM and arts subjects in an exciting way, and developed greater social and emotional learning skills through the teamwork and cooperation required by boatbuilding. Every youth that participated in Urban Boatbuilders’ Apprenticeship Program received 225 hours of learning, support and mentoring, developed 21st century skills, and built a bright future. 00% of these youth reported significant gains to their academic engagement and vocational skills.
Current Goals
Youth Programming Partnership Program: 1) Expand number of school partners to bring educational opportunity through boat building to more students 2) Refine procedures and curriculum used when conducting projects with students Apprenticeship Program 1) Implement a work readiness assessment for each Apprentice throughout the program to enable a more individualized approach to developing youth skills 2) Build network of businesses to provide future employment to apprentices following their experience in the program Outreach: 1) Increase awareness of Urban Boatbuilders through events, media, social media and electronic communication. Volunteers: 1) Plan and formalize roles and training 2) More closely align volunteer roles with skills and interests of volunteers Board Membership 1) Grow and diversify board membership
Community or Constituency Served
Urban Boatbuilders serves primarily at-risk youth in the Twin Cities Metropolitan area. The majority of youth served through the Urban Boatbuilders Apprenticeship Program are reentering society from a juvenile corrections facility.
Geographic Area Served
Urban Boatbuilders serves the entire Twin Cities Metropolitan Area with a focus on serving youth in Saint Paul.


3 Year Average Expenses
Program Services $106,909 85.7%
Management $12,816 10.3%
Fundraising $5,065 4.1%
Unrestricted Net Assets
2013 2012 2011
End of Year: $101,411 $59,255 $25,994
Beginning of Year: $59,255 $25,994 $21,046
Difference: $42,156 $33,261 $4,948

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