Our Programs

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 inter-generational 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 21-year legacy of developing environmentally-informed leaders of color and building relationships with elders and residents of the Chinatown-International District.

Fall programs run for 10 weeks from October 8th–December 14th. 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.
Financial Literacy to College 101: More details coming soon!
  • Tuesdays, 4:30-6:30pm
  • WILD Office, 601 S. King St. Suite 304, Seattle
  • Compensation: TBD

Garden Crew: Plan a garden, learn new skills, and express yourself! Every week, you will learn a unique garden-related skill, like how to design a garden for butterflies or how to build a raised bed. There will also be mentorship from International District resident elder-gardeners.

  • Wednesdays 3:15-5:15pm
  • Alternating locations:
  • Compensation: TBD

Fellowship: Want to fine tune your leadership and advocacy skills? Join the Fellowship, an 8-month program for youth ages 16-19. During this time, youth will learn about the history of the C/ID and surrounding neighborhoods as well as create their own campaign addressing public safety in the C/ID. The Fellowship runs from November 2018 – June 2019.

  • Thursdays, 4:30-6:30pm
  • WILD Office, 601 S. King St. Suite 304, Seattle
  • Compensation: TBD