As we continue sharing our client’s stories, we are pleased to introduce cityWILD, NFP Partners’ first Accounting Services client. It is exciting to look back at the organization’s progress since we began providing controller-level services in 2010. While some staff members have changed, the organization’s mission of providing opportunities for various outdoor activities to at-risk students in the Denver metro area has not changed.
Since 1998, cityWILD has engaged in a bold effort to bring outdoor experiential education to a broad, inclusive audience. The comprehensive, tuition-free programs promote themes of personal empowerment, leadership, and community participation while motivating participants to reach their full potential at school, at home, and in their communities.
cityWILD believes Leadership is a skill learned through experience, and taught by example. To support and nurture students, expectations are set high and promoted through caring relationships and using opportunities that allow for meaningful participation.
cityWILD targets middle school and high school youth who are at-risk for a variety of reasons including the presence of risk factors in their schools, community, and families.
For youth to be successful leaders, they need:
- A place to belong = Community
- People to look up to = Role Models
- Opportunity to experiment = Learning
- Someone looking out for them = Feedback
Students who participate in cityWILD’s Leadership Program can expect growth in these areas; Leadership, Personal Development, and Community Participation. The extent of a student’s growth in cityWILD depends primarily on their level of commitment and the duration of their participation. cityWILD offers over 150 days of program per year.