Make it possible for imaginations to be sparked, academic success to be achieved, self-confidence to grow, and wilderness areas to be explored.
Individual donors, foundations and corporations support our program operations. In addition, our founder continues to be personally and financially supportive of City Kids. Our programs are offered at little or no cost to the children.
City Kids Wilderness Project is a non-profit organization founded on the belief that providing enriching life experiences for DC children can enhance their lives, the lives of their families and the greater community.
City Kids Wilderness Project
Since 1996, City Kids has been serving under-resourced youth from DC’s most vulnerable communities. Our founder, Randy Luskey, started City Kids as an experiential program to teach children how to be prepared for life beyond learning possible in a traditional classroom. City Kids provides low-income DC youth with life changing opportunities to help them learn, grow, and build the skills they need to set goals and work towards their dreams.
City Kids currently operates school year and summer programs for 130 under-resourced DC youth, enrolling new youth in the sixth grade and providing program support through middle school and high school. Our program is based around three core principles: long-term youth engagement,experiential education programming with a focus on overcoming challenges, and goal setting with a focus on future planning.
Our programs exist to position participants for success in adulthood by getting them off to the right start as youth. Our goals include that our youth graduate from high school or earn their GED, that they enroll in a postsecondary education program or obtain a job, and that they are involved and connected members of their community.