cityWILD uses the outdoors as a vehicle for experiential learning, allowing at-risk students to participate in tuition-free, year-round, youth development programs that provide challenging activities and opportunities for growth, promote healthy lifestyles, encourage positive peer bonding, and offer supportive adults to help guide and support students in their personal growth and learning.
Ongoing and intensive programming allows students to participate up to four days a week for up to six years, which promotes tremendous student retention and long-term impact.
Leadership Development Program – This includes After School Programming, Weekend Adventures and Expeditions, Support Services, and Teen Workforce Readiness Program.
cityWILD’s best-practice model curricula emphasizes: 1) Leadership Development–through weekly activities that teach the importance of leadership, role modeling, and good decision making; 2) Service Learning – allowing students to identify and address local environmental issues (e.g., water quality, industrial odors, trail restoration), educate their peers and general public about them, and demonstrate good citizenship and “giving back;” 3) Workforce Readiness– by engaging students through volunteer and paid positions with the organization, allowing them to receive monthly stipends, hourly wages, academic bonuses, and develop Personal Development Plans. This practice also models cityWILD’s commitment to hiring diverse staff; 4) Academic Achievement– providing quiet, uninterrupted time and homework assistance from staff and volunteers; and 5) Financial Literacy –offering financial literacy education and Individual Development Accounts (IDA’s) that provide students with dollar for dollar matched savings for a stated financial goal.
Adventures – Our unique income generating program that provides river rafting and outdoor adventure experiences to nonprofits, youth agencies, and the general public. Adventures promotes environmental awareness while building leadership skills for participating staffs and their youth.