Blue Sky Fund participants get involved with our programs through various inter-organizational partnerships and relationships. We serve about 1,000 kids in a year, but vary in the depth of experience we offer. We have just adopted a new strategic focus on the East End of Richmond in order to deepen the transformation we are creating for a defined geographic area of need. Most of our participants come from Richmond City Public Schools by recommendations from Communities in Schools representatives, teachers and tutors. We have relationships with local youth organizations, such as the Boys and Girls Club, Salvation Army, Church Hill Activities and Tutoring, Peter Paul Development Center, Strategies to Elevate People, and Elijah House Academy. We will continue to build our partnerships in order to offer these programs to a wider sector of our city. Please contact us at email@example.com if you are interested in partnering.
This courageous group of third, fifth, and seventh grade students from Richmond City Public Schools, along with their teachers and community volunteers, travel outside their urban environments to open spaces in order to explore Virginia’s habitats. The Explorers curriculum includes hands-on science SOL instruction, time for recreation, and a focus on respect for one another and the environment. Explorers meets monthly throughout the school year. Click for more info
Blue Sky's Outdoor Leadership Institute (formerly Outward Bound Together) recruits two crews of ten 9th, 10th and 11th grade youth from a very diverse cross section of Richmond to come together in a 2-week, intensive leadership training opportunity each summer. Click for more info
At Blue Sky, we believe that every child deserves the opportunity to eperience the transforming power of summer camp. To this end, Blue Sky provides camp scholarships to OAC participants and youth involved in our other programs so that they can continue their Blue Sky experience in the summer months. Blue Sky connects students to various adventure day camps and sleep-away Christian outdoor camps in the area.
Also known as "Adventuring", Blue Sky's Outdoor Adventure Clubs (OAC) teach participants basic outdoor skills such as Beginner's Rock Climbing Technique, Orienteering (map and compass), or Primitive Firecraft 101. Each session in these weekly programs has a theme such as wildnerness survival, backpacking, or rock climbing and is tailored appropriately for each group. Most sessions culminate in an Expedition that challenges the youth to use their new found skills out in the great outdoors. Click for more info.
Expeditions are for all those who want to play outside but are unavailable during our school day and after school programs! Nearly all Expeditions take place on a Saturday and include a wide variety of types of programming. In the past we have hiked through trails at Pocahontas State Park, gone fishing with Virginia Fishing Adventures, gone canoeing with the James River Association, or even just spent the day tubing on the James River! Whether you and your group would like to co-create a program day for your kids or join us for an event we have planned ourselves, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved! Click for more info.
This annual one-day event is one of our most popular. CHG is a sports clinic day at Bill Robinson Park in Church Hill that provides fun, sports instruction, lunch, and a Christian inspirational message to over 130 participants with the help of 120 volunteers who share God's love with these neighborhood children. The event is usually in May, so see online information posted during the event season. Click for more info.