cityWILD targets 6-12th grade youth with a focus on 6th, 7th and 8th graders. These youth are at-risk for a variety of reasons including the high prevalence of risk factors in their schools, community, and families.
cityWILD actively recruits youth primarily from northeast Denver. The organization offers after-school programming during the academic school year for four Denver Public Schools; Pioneer Charter, Harrington Elementary, Bruce Randolph, and Wyatt-Edison Charter. Students that participate in the after school program can expect to focus on gaining skills in interpersonal dynamics, leadership, teambuilding, substance abuse and tobacco prevention, outdoor education, and environmental service learning.
In addition to regular after school programming, cityWILD offers youth the opportunities to participate in unique wilderness experiences.
cityWILD uses best-practice, curriculum-based programs deemed effective by the highest national standards, including Lion’s Quest Skills for Adolescents, Amazing Alternatives, and Life Skills Training. These programs have reduced risky behaviors and build protective factors for youth, while building civic participation and environmental stewardship in the process.
These four components make up our Leadership Development Program:
After-School Programming – offered four afternoons a week for students at our four DPS partner schools. Programming is held on site at cityWILD facilities. A different focus is emphasized each day (e.g., outdoor skill development, life skills development, etc.);
Weekend Adventures and Spring/Summer Expeditions – These trips build on weekday programming through the outdoors (i.e. camping, backpacking, river raft guiding, rock climbing) and incorporate service-learning and opportunities for leadership.
Support Services – Provide students ongoing, individualized support, including family counseling, weekly school contact, homework help, job coaching, and crisis services.
Teen Workforce Readiness Programming – cityWILD’s opportunity to employ its teens as outdoor educators, leaders, and guides with the organization, allowing them to build their employment skills, gain valuable job training, and also earn money while supporting hiring of diverse staff.