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Program Connects At-Risk Kids with Nature

Thomas Jones, 17, is an inner-city kid who, statistically, had a greater chance of dropping out of high school or getting shipped off to prison than he had of summiting a 13,000-foot peak in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Yet despite the odds, Jones found himself climbing the Grand Teton peak this summer as a participant in City Kids, a program aimed at getting inner-city youth off the streets and into the great outdoors.

“I can’t even describe it,” Jones (pictured below, left) said when recalling memories of his trip. “It’s the highlight of my life.”

For the full feature, please visit Children & Nature Network.

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Official Selections for the 2016 SHIFT Awards

What do a Washington DC nonprofit, a hunting and angling organization and an outdoor adventure app have in common? They, and thirty other initiatives, are all official selections for The 2016 SHIFT Awards.

The SHIFT Awards, which will be announced at The 2016 SHIFT Festival, October 13-15 in Jackson, WY, recognize individuals, initiatives, or organizations that make innovative, impactful and replicable contributions to conservation through human-powered outdoor recreation.

For the full feature, please visit SHIFT.

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GET OUT: Mountain Medicine

JACKSON HOLE, WY – As I sat there with tears in my eyes I couldn’t find anything to say to my teammates, people who were now my family. We had made it so far but I was ready to retrace every grueling step back down. I didn’t know how to look them in the eye and tell them I was giving up; how could I tell Robert who twisted his ankle that I was giving up? Danielle who fainted twice that I was giving up? Chauncey who has been waiting to do this for two years, that I was giving up? When I finally managed to look up, one of them broke the silence: “Lily come on you can do this, we all believe in you, but you gotta walk.”

And that was all it took, an affirmation of support, to get me going up the Grand Teton.

For the full feature, please visit Planet Jackson Hole.

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City Kids Learn Life Lessons

It’s your first time in Jackson. You step off the plane, gawking at your surroundings. Then what? “I looked up at the sky, I looked up at all the stars,” Martinae Irving said. “In D.C. what you think is a star is really just a plane.”

Irving is just one of many children who are gob struck by Wyoming’s natural wonders and breathtaking landscapes when they first come to Jackson with the City Kids Wilderness Project.

For the full feature, please visit JH News and Guide.

 

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City Kids Featured by the Outdoor Industry Association

Shouldering full packs as they hiked along in the Gros Ventre Wilderness, a group of high school students caught a glimpse of something moving in the distance. Taking a minute to look, they realized the commotion was a black bear chasing cows in a nearby field.

Most Wyoming residents have never seen such a spectacle, so this was an exciting and rare—if somewhat frightening—opportunity for the students, indeed. For many, it was their first wildlife encounter of any kind. Residents of inner-city Washington, D.C., the students were part of the City Kids Wilderness Project, which brings young urban students to Jackson, Wyoming, each summer for a real wilderness adventure.

For the full feature, please visit Outdoor Industry Association.

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Watch City Kids on the Food Network!

Holiday: Impossible

For the holidays, Chef Robert Irvine is heading west to Jackson Hole, Wyo. to visit the City Kids Wilderness Project, a camp in the heart of the Grand Teton Mountains that welcomes at-risk teens from the inner city of Washington, D.C. Robert’s giving back by redoing three of their spaces in just three days, updating their 25-year old facilities that are full of broken equipment, disorganization, and under-utilized space. As Robert get to know the campers, he is inspired to add more special surprises and a cook a huge barbecue with help from chef Stephanie Izard.

Read more and view upcoming airings >  

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City Kids Featured in JH Style Magazine – 2015

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Every summer, kids from Washington D.C.’s most vulnerable communities come out to Jackson for an experiential program that teaches them valuable skills and provides inspiration and encouragement to follow their dreams. Students join the program in sixth grade and participate in school year programs in D.C. as well as Jackson-based summer programs. Students remain in the program through high school graduation, and this long-term engagement helps them succeed in adulthood. Older youth become peer leaders for younger ones and participate in job training and college preparation programming.

For the full feature, please visit JHStyle Magazine.

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City Kids Featured in Jackson Hole News & Guide – 2015

City Kids Know No Bounds
Over the last three weeks a large group has spent time in Jackson Hole kayaking, whitewater rafting, backpacking, camping and even climbing the Grand. The group has accomplished more in 21 or so days than most 90-day wonders ever dream of. But these aren’t your typical outdoorsmen or “dirtbags.”  The group of river-running, mountain-tackling adolescents are here with City Kids, a nonprofit that provides underserved and at-risk Washington, D.C.-area youth with wilderness experiences. The organization is made up of sixth- through 12th-graders, and they visit Jackson each year to accomplish a laundry list of tasks.

For the full feature, please visit Jackson Hole News&Guide.

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City Kids Featured in Washingtonian – 2015

City Kids Wilderness Project Turns 20, Looks Forward to Its Next Decade

Landing at the airport in Jackson Hole in 1996 was a breathless experience: I was immediately transformed by the cool, crisp mountain air and clear sky that was devoid of Washington, DC’s congestion, honking horns, and tall buildings. I was in Jackson scouting for the perfect place to start a summer camp for under-resourced DC youth, and when I found Broken Arrow Ranch nestled between the Hoback River and the mountains, I knew that I had found just the right place.

I grew up in Chevy Chase, Maryland, and struggled all throughout school—learning the conventional way was challenging for me, and the lack of support and positive reinforcement affected my confidence. Because learning the traditional way wasn’t working for me, my parents and I looked for a school that offered a more empirical experience. So at 16, I headed west to a school that had an outdoor leadership program and something clicked when my learning environment changed.

For the full feature, please visit the Washingtonian.

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City Kids featured on the NOLS Blog – 2014

City Kids and the Wilderness Risk Management Conference

The Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC) unites hundreds of the nation’s leading outdoor organizations, schools, and businesses annually in an effort to “offer an outstanding educational experience to help mitigate the risks inherent in exploring, working, teaching, and recreating in wild places.” WRMC attendees absorb and learn a lot from one another through workshops, exercises, structured networking sessions, and much more.

We want to highlight some of the organizations that continually come the WRMC and find out why they attend and how the WRMC has influenced their risk management practices. Recently, we interviewed Colleen McHugh, the program director of City Kids Wilderness Project (CKWP), an outstanding nonprofit youth organization that has been returning annually to the WRMC.

For the full feature, please visit the NOLS site.