Sponsor a Leader

Concrete Safaris' City Surfers is a 5-day/week after school program for 2nd - 5th graders who learn soft and hard outdoor leadership skills and then have the opportunity to exercise those skills and take action in the community while utilizing outdoor spaces for community building events, forming areas that their community comes to respect and utilize.

Where & When?

Our workshops are mostly outdoors in Jefferson and Washington Houses, local parks, and on city streets as well as at cultural institutions and activities in and around New York City.

October 2019 - June 2020
Monday - Friday
2:20 - 5:30 p.m.
All weather


(Key Sponsor)

Activities May Include:

Bike Riding Lessons & Tours

Hiking in NYC Parks & Beyond

Health Promotion


Obstacle Race Design & Fitness

Nature Art & Photography

Self- and Group Reflection Time

Field Trips & Nature Adventures


Children Will Build Their:

Self-esteem by making core decisions

Health, learning fitness and healthy eating

Independence as they learn to move around their city

Problem-solving, communication, and team building skills as they transform their environment into a healthier place

Portfolio of experiences as they participate in community service and prepare for middle and high school readiness and admission


Still have questions? Please email info@concretesafaris.org for more information with the subject heading: "City Surfers: Application." You may also phone us at 646.869.1503.

Our Impact


(7-12-year-olds/2nd-5th graders)


Per School Year


Each City Surfer Plays Outdoors
(during programming from October - June.)

44% of City Surfers demonstrate improvement in social-emotional skills compared to non-participants

21% of City Surfers perform better in math and science classes than non-participants.

13% of City Surfers have fewer school absences than non-participants. East Harlem children have some of the highest absenteeism in NYC.

Sponsor A Child Today!

Your tax-deductible contribution of $50 a month connects a child living in poverty with a nurturing Child Sponsorship Program. Your support provides:

Five afternoons of free after school until 5:30PM from September - June

Opportunities to learn how to ride a bike, garden, take pictures, camp, and more

Life skills workshops like communication, decision-making, self-management, and more

Field trips to cultural sites and institutions in Manhattan; Most participants do not travel outside of a 6-block radius from their homes

A hot meal, which may be the last one the child eats that day

Homework help, which may be the only place the child has support

Referrals for health and life issues to neighborhood providers, which can include physical or mental health, homeless or domestic violence shelters, employment, and housing