City Kids Wilderness Project (Washington, DC)


  • Name:Ryan Lauer
  • Title:Development Associate

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:City Kids Wilderness Project
  • Address:2347 15th St, NW
    Washington, DC 20009
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:2025254930
  • Main fax:18883178831

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  • Mission:
  • City Kids Wilderness Project is a non-profit organization founded on the belief that providing enriching life experiences for underserved and at-risk D.C. children can enhance their lives, the lives of their families and the greater community.

    Our goals are to strengthen participants’ self-concept; increase academic achievement by teaching life skills; increase personal motivation and initiative; develop interpersonal skills and leadership ability; and foster an appreciation and knowledge of the environment. We aim to provide extraordinary experiences that will inspire worthy young people of Washington, DC to dream, to see beyond their current circumstances, and ultimately to succeed in building healthy, happy, and productive lives.

  • Overview:
  • City Kids uses outdoor and enrichment activities as a platform to build self-confidence, improve academic performance and develop leadership skills. Youth enter the program as sixth graders, either through the City Kids Afterschool Program or through a recommendation from a City Kids partner organization. Once enrolled in the program, a student will be invited to continue with City Kids Wilderness Project through four years of school year and summer camp programming, and four or more years as a part of the High School & Alumni Program where they will gain access to summer internships, post-secondary educational and career support, as well as alumni services.

    Once summer arrives, City Kids head to Broken Arrow Ranch in Jackson, Wyoming. The younger participants will work their way up from Rangers to Mountaineers, to Elite and then Leadership teams, assuming increased responsibility and challenges with each new level. These increased responsibilities are reinforced throughout the school year while in DC. As City Kids youth mature, they are placed in an internship where they can demonstrate their leadership and academic skills while building skills for their professional future. All enrollment, school-year, and summer activities are provided at no cost to students or their families.

  • History:
  • City Kids was founded in 1996 by Washington, DC native Randy Luskey. Luskey struggled in school and found that hands-on experience in the great outdoors improved his confidence, learning and leadership ability. His positive experience in group discussions, hiking, self-discovery and leadership programs lead him to create a program that offered these same experiences to under-served Washington, DC youth.

    His original mission and focus was, "To help other boys and girls who are affected by life and personal challenges with a way to cope and rise above those challenges". City Kids continues to be guiding by this original mission. Starting as only a summer camp program, City Kids has grown to a year round youth development organization serving over 120 each year.

  • Year established:1996
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:13
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:6


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:521976304

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:521976304
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:2437 15TH ST NW 4TH FLOOR
  • Organization City:WASHINGTON
  • Organization State:DC
  • Organization Zip:20009-4101
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:July, 1996
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:11
  • Foundation Code Desc.:School 170(b)(1)(A)(ii)
  • Activity Code(s):046, 030
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Private school, School, college, trade school, etc.
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:O200
  • Asset Amount:$3,790,039
  • Asset Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$1,109,106
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$1,077,783
  • Last Updated:2/19/2018 9:40:30 pm

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