The boat-builder is Christian Smith of New Bedford. He and his wife, Jennifer, started GreenFleet in 2009. The program is free for all New Bedford teens to join. Any teen who signs up is in the program.
The Smiths have four main intentions with GreenFleet:
- To teach inner-city teens from New Bedford to build boats
- To teach them to use the boats they build
- To have them use those boats to haul garbage from SouthCoast beaches
- To cultivate in these kids a pride in their waterfront