Making an impact

To assess the effect TWP has on our students, Dr. Bradley Smith, Professor in the Department of Psychological Health and Learning Sciences at the University of Houston, designed a study with the goal of measuring the change in multiple developmental assets of students over the course of the two-week summer program.  Dr. Smith has also participated as a TWP Summer Trip Leader in 2018, 2019, and 2021.

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“Since its inception, The Woods Project’s structured activities, including school-based clubs, weekend camping trips, and a capstone two-week long wilderness experience have built multiple developmental assets in inner city youth.” – Dr. Bradley Smith

“The Woods Project introduced me to a whole new world, giving me the confidence to try new things. Now, I’m doing things I never imagined.”    – Sergio G.

“I have become more curious about nature and more comfortable in being in the outdoors.”  – Theresa D.

“The Woods Project allowed me to travel for the first time outside of my immediate community, which opened up a world of possibilities for me.” – Daniela B.
“I often think back to my time in Donner and I tell myself that if I could backpack with 50lbs on my back for a week through the mountains, then I can get through anything.”       – Mahilet T.