Wilderness Inner-City Leadership Development (WILD) Program

We are recruiting youth for our WILD Fall 2017 Programs!
 To participate, fill out the following forms and drop by the WILD office (601 King St, Suite 305 – open until 5 pm) :

WILD Application

WILD Consent and Medical Form (English)

WILD Consent & Medical Form (Chinese)

Youth Expectations and Agreements

Grievance Procedure

Participants can bring their completed forms to Fall Orientation on October 7th to secure their spot too!

Learn about environmental justice issues, help take care of urban gardens, gain leadership and community activism skills, and earn a stipend or service learning hours.
Fall programs run for 10 weeks from October 10th – December 15th. Participants must commit to attending all sessions.
Cooking Club: Come hang out with new friends and learn how to cook! Each week, you will be making a new dish together with your peers. Food and supplies are provided. 

Garden Crew: Grow your own food and manage your money with WILD’s Garden Crew! Every week, you will learn a unique garden-related skill, like how to take care of chickens or compost, or a useful tool for how to create a budget and save for the future.

  • Alternating locations:  WILD Office, 610 S King St, Suite 304, Seattle WA 98104 and  Danny Woo Community Garden, 620 S Main St, Seattle, WA 98104
  • Compensation: $200 stipend


WILD 20th Anniversary Planning Committee: Help plan our annual holiday dinner that will also be a celebration of WILD’s 20th Anniversary! We know we’re old, but every year, youth have fun wrapping gifts for elders, putting on performances, and MCing. Practice your public speaking and/or dance skills!


Air Quality Team: Have a desire to help other people? Or build things? Come assemble and give away simple fans that help reduce indoor air pollution for elders and residents of the Chinatown-International District neighborhood.


Community Campaign Fellowship: This 7-month fellowship will offer you the opportunity to work with a team of peers to design and lead your own campaign regarding safety concerns and physical activity in the Chinatown-International District neighborhood. Want to make a difference for a community? Practice your advocacy and public speaking skills and meet your local and state representatives through the Community Campaign Fellowship.


Drop-in: Need help with your homework, applying for financial aid, or writing personal statements for college? Want a space to come hang out with your friends and drink bubble tea? Just come to WILD during drop-in hours; no sign-up necessary. 
  • Mondays, 4:00-6:00pm
  • WILD Office, 601 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104
  • No service hours for drop-in

About WILD

The Wilderness Inner-City Leadership Development (WILD) program is open to 14-19-year olds who are looking to build leadership qualities like self-confidence and teamwork within the context of environmental education, civic engagement, and intergenerational relationship building. During the school year, we offer an after school drop-in program and an environmental justice and advocacy fellowship. In the summer, we offer paid hands-on opportunities in urban gardening, engaging community in parks, cultural events, and outdoor recreation.

Since our inception in 1997, WILD has served about 1,000 primarily low-income, Asian and Pacific Islander (API) immigrant and refugee youth. Graduates of WILD have come back to Interim CDA as college interns, program coordinators, and even full-time staff! We are proud to have a 20-year legacy of developing environmentally-informed leaders of color and building relationships with elders and residents of the Chinatown-International District.


To stay up to date on our projects, follow us on Facebook: @WILDProgram.


Thank yo to our 2017 partners!