City Kids Wilderness Project is founded on the belief that providing enriching life experiences for underserved and at-risk D.C. children can enhance their lives, the lives of their families and the greater community.
City Kids enrols 20 new 6th graders every year and shepherds them through a six year or longer process to realize their individual potential, and to set and begin to implement individualized future goals. During the school year we are based in DC and provide afterschool and weekend outdoor adventure programming as well as job training and college preparation programming. In the summer we move to Jackson, WY where we run three sessions of summer camp, as well as career exploration and job training programming for our older youth.
We use experiential education and outdoor adventure experiences as a lab to help children learn the values of plan, prepare, proceed, and to build their resiliency, broaden their sense of personal possibility, and to build the skills they need to work well with others as both team leaders and team members. We then transfer what they learn from these experiences to their real lives to help them pursue academic, career, and personal achievements. In the past three years, over 95 percent of our high school youth have graduated, in comparision, DC has less than a 65 percent graduation rate.