City Kids Wilderness Project Annual Report 2017

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Dear Friends,

Every year, City Kids provides programming and support for over 130 DC youth and young adults. In recent years, several alumni have joined our staff and are now leading City Kids program activities. This has a tremendous impact on our work and is a testament to the impact of the program.

After a year long pro-bono consultancy with Boston Consulting Group, we entered 2017 with a new strategic plan and a clear road map to guide our growth and impact. Our strategic pillars include a continued focus on financial sustainability, a commitment to expanding our staff team to better support our work, a critical focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion, and addressing the need for a program home in DC that mirrors the sense of home we have with our summer program at Broken Arrow Ranch. Programmatically, we continue to focus on long-term impact, and building out support for young alumni as they embark on post-secondary educational and employment opportunities.

City Kids continues to receive prominent recognition and support, and in 2017 we were awarded the Eleanor P. Eells Award for Program Excellence from the American Camp Association which we received at the National ACA Conference in Tampa. City Kids was also selected as one of the DC region’s best nonprofits by the Catalogue for Philanthropy, and received a Force of Nature grant from REI in support of our gender equity work in utilizing the outdoors to empower and inspire women and girls.

Our achievements are only possible due to the generosity and support of our individual donors, foundation and corporate partners, dedicated board, staff, JETs, and volunteers. We are deeply grateful for your support and are honored to be working together to create positive opportunities for our youth and lasting change in our community.

With heartfelt thanks,

Eloise Russo
Executive Director


Randy Luskey
Founder and Board Chair

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City Kids Wilderness Project Annual Report 2014

For nearly 20 years, City Kids has provided extraordinary opportunities for our youth, and in 2014, we worked to strengthen our foundation to ensure that City Kids will be able to offer stability and support to our youth and families for many more years to come. In the past year, City Kids launched a new evaluation system based on our newly completed Theory of Change, and we are now better able to articulate and track the connections between our program activities and outcomes. We recently completed our first evaluation analysis since implementing our new system, and have already put our findings to work in order to strengthen our impact.

City Kids Wilderness Project Annual Report 2013

In the past three years, City Kids has undergone a significant transformation in order to increase our impact and provide more comprehensive services for our youth. City Kids enrolls new youth in the 6th grade and supports them for 6+ years through our unique continuum of programming. Youth graduate from the program with a vision for their future, and the knowledge and skills necessary to work towards their goals. In a city with a less than 65 percent high school graduation rate, we are proud to report that in 2013, 100 percent of our high school seniors graduated.

City Kids Wilderness Project Annual Report 2012

In 2012, City Kids Wilderness Project reached some key milestones on an exciting path of growth. We served a record number of youth and provided more innovative programming, new opportunities, and unprecedented support to under-resourced youth than ever before. We are thrilled to report that a group of our high school students reached the 13,776 foot summit of the Grand Teton. We believe this incredible accomplishment serves as a wonderful metaphor for the challenges our youth overcome through their involvement with City Kids.

City Kids Wilderness Project Annual Report 2011

As we reflect on 2011, we are so thankful for our dedicated staff, motivated young people, passionate board members, and generous donors. City Kids Wilderness Project is truly a community effort and your involvement enables us to provide life changing opportunities for the youth that we serve.