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Blue Sky Fund participants get involved with our programs through various inter-organizational partnerships and relationships. We serve over 2,000 kids in a year, but vary in the depth of experience we offer.

Most of our participants come to us through Richmond City Public Schools and by referral of Communities in Schools.

We have program relationships with other youth development organizations in the East End, such as Boys and Girls Club, Salvation Army, Church Hill Activities and Tutoring, as well as private schools, such as Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School.

We will continue to build our partnerships in order to offer these programs to a wider sector of our city.

After-School Programs


OAC members learn basic outdoor skills such as rock climbing, hiking, camping, and kayaking. The program culminates each semester with an expedition that challenges the youth to use their new skills on an overnight in the great outdoors.

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In-School Programs


2nd through 5th grade students from Richmond City Public Schools, along with their teachers, travel outside of their urban contexts to explore Richmond’s environment and various habitats in order to increase their understanding of the natural world.

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Leadership Program


OLI is a high school program that includes an intense summer wilderness experience and on-going Saturday service projects through the following school year designed to build confidence, multicultural teamwork, leadership and community involvement.

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Summer Programs


Summer Camp is three weeks of learning and fun during the summer. Activities in the past have included biking, climbing, paddling, hiking, urban farming, and camping.

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