Wilderness Inner-City Leadership Development (WILD) Program
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The Wilderness Inner-City Leadership Development (WILD) program welcomes ninth through twelfth grade students to build leadership qualities like self-confidence and team building skills within the context of environmental education, civic involvement and intergenerational relationship building.
Each year, approximately 120 Seattle-area youth participate in WILD. The participants are primarily from Asian American/Pacific Islander immigrant or refugee households where English is the family’s second, or third, language spoken at home. Many of the youth are from low-income families who have limited resources to access exceptional after school programs, especially those that are culturally-framed like WILD.
Through the WILD program, young participants gain opportunities to support their academic and life goals. Staff, interns, and volunteers tutor youth in math, science, and other subject areas. WILD also sponsors a Study Buddy program and provides youth with an opportunity to attend workshops about the value of completing high school, college, and setting career goals. Through WILD’s strong partnership with the United States Forest Service, youth also have opportunities to explore interesting and important ecology-related careers in the U.S. Forest Service in a unique way.
WILD empowers students through a youth-driven approach to project development. Projects selected and designed by WILD youth address particular environmental issues affecting our regional or global ecology, and many projects are place-based focused on Seattle’s Chinatown-International District (CID) neighborhood. Field trips and camping trips to the mountains and forests are incorporated as experiential learning opportunities for WILD youth to learn about, and help steward, ecosystems around the Pacific Northwest.
WILD also integrates a strong intergenerational component into its programming. WILD youth often accompany elders who live in the CID neighborhood on day trips to the outdoors as well as on city outings. WILD youth demonstrate their leadership skills by supporting and advocating for many of the immigrant elders in the community through variety of local and state-wide projects.