Each year, for 130 inner-city youth ages 11-24, City Kids Wilderness Project offers life-changing adventures designed to build their self-confidence, improve their academic performance, and develop their leadership skills. In the summer, youth head to Broken Arrow Ranch in Jackson, Wyoming for overnight camping trips, horseback riding, mountain climbing, and white-water kayaking and to develop the most important life skills: self respect, self confidence, and the ability to work in a team. Sixth graders start out as Rangers, and can progress to the Elite and Leadership Teams, tackling increased responsibility and challenges. During the year, day and weekend excursions acquaint students with the natural wonders of our region, from the Potomac River to the Allegheny Mountains. For middle schoolers, an after-school program offers tutoring, environmental education, arts, and powerful connections with caring adults. The High School & Alumni Program offers job and leadership development training, mentoring, outdoor education opportunities, job placement assistance, and help with post-secondary plans. Keeping urban youth involved and engaged is vital; your engagement brings so much to these kids.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 1

Where They Operate: DC-Ward 1; DC-Ward 5; DC-Ward 6; DC-Ward 7; DC-Ward 8; Anacostia - Wellington Park; Edgewood ; U Street; Benning Road SE; Mead Street, NE

Age Groups Served: Youth; Adolescence; Teenagers; Young Adult; Grades 6-12; Grade 9-12

Ethnic Groups Served: African American, 95%; Latino/Hispanic, 5%

Population(s) Served: Students; Low- to Moderate-Income

Schools They Work In: SEED Public Charter; DC Prep Academy; KIPP: Key Academy

Combined Federal Campaign Number: 18529

United Way Agency Number: 8527

Awards & Recognition

City Kids was selected as a Fair Chance partner for two years. (2013-2015)

City Kids was selected for City Fund award, a three year capacity building award.

City Kids alumni, Tyrhee Moore, received a Youth Leadership Award as a part of the SHIFT Summit, a conference focused on the intersection of conservation and adventure.


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