Each year, 130 youth from DC communities experience life-changing adventures, build resiliency, broaden their horizons, and learn skills that will ensure success. They begin in 6th grade and progress as a cohort through seven years of activities and challenges – day and weekend excursions that acquaint them with our region’s natural wonders, from the Potomac River to the Shenandoah Mountains. The Middle School Program offers after-school tutoring, outdoor living skills, environmental education, and art and peacemaking activities, while the High School & Alumni Program provides job and leadership training, mentoring, and help with post-secondary plans. In the summer, kids head to Jackson, Wyoming, for overnight camping trips, mountain climbing, and white-water kayaking – which double as lessons in self-confidence, self-respect, and teamwork. Keeping 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 (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Latino/Hispanic

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

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

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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Budget (FY2023)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for City Kids Wilderness Project is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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