Wilderness Inner-City Leadership Development (WILD) Program

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.
Registration is currently closed.
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!