Since 1996, City Kids has been showing D.C. kids there’s an entire world outside the city limits, using nature to help students grow, build skills and set goals they’d have never thought were possible before. Founder Randy Luskey started City Kids as an experiential program to teach children how to be prepared for life beyond learning possible in a traditional classroom. City Kids provides DC youth with life changing opportunities to help them learn, grow, and build the skills they need to set goals and work towards their dreams.
City Kids currently operates school year and summer programs for 130 DC youth, enrolling new youth in the sixth grade and providing program support through middle school and high school. The program is based around three core principles: long-term youth engagement, experiential education programming with a focus on overcoming challenges, and goal setting with a focus on future planning.
The programs exist to position participants for success in adulthood by getting them off to the right start as youth. Goals include that the youth graduate from high school or earn their GED, that they enroll in a postsecondary education program or obtain a job, and that they are involved and connected members of their community.
The Holistic Life Foundation is a Baltimore-based nonprofit organization committed to nurturing the wellness of children and adults in underserved communities. Through a comprehensive approach which helps children develop their inner lives through yoga, mindfulness, and self-care HLF demonstrates deep commitment to learning, community, and stewardship of the environment. HLF is also committed to developing high-quality evidence based programs and curriculum to improve community well-being. HLF provides a multitude of different training’s, programs, and services to elementary, middle, high, pre-grad, and graduate schools. HLF conducts keynote speeches, breakout sessions, and mindfulness practices for conferences and speaking engagements. HLF facilitates workshops and training’s ontrauma, corporate mindfulness, self-care, stress reduction, and meditation.
Resilience Education’s (RE) mission is to reduce recidivism by improving employment outcomes and reentry success for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals through high-quality business education. Through partnerships with the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and The Columbia Business School, Resilience Education volunteer MBAs and business professionals enter prisons and teach courses titled Entrepreneurship, Foundations in Business, Financial Capability, Math Review, and Achieving Success in Personal Finance. Since its founding in 2011 by Darden Strategy and Entrepreneurship professor Greg Fairchild (winner of 2007 MacArthur Foundation genius grant) and his wife Tierney Fairchild there have been over 500 program graduates and over 200 MBA volunteer instructors.
Resilience Education’s objectives are to bring education and leadership to underserved populations to build bridges, expand perspectives and improve economic vitality. An ancillary and no less important benefit is to broaden the perspectives of the volunteers. Resilience Education’s goal is that the knowledge gained in the classroom — by both participants and our volunteer instructors — has lasting impact, which means securing employment, pursuing higher education and starting new ventures. Ultimately, one measure of impact is reduced recidivism.
In the midst of his personal awakening in 2013, Spiritbath founder Steve Maiden reached out to Greg to offer help when the Darden alumni magazine featured Greg’s prison work. At a moment when few would work with Steve, Greg graciously offered to let Steve write two cases and teaching notes for the program. Two soon became twenty, many of which continue to be used in the program today.