Living Education Since 1970
When Project U.S.E. started taking people into the outdoor classroom in 1970 we had little idea of the breadth and scope our programs would span decades later. As a nonprofit educational organization we provide acclaimed experiential learning opportunities to more than 7,000 young people and adults each year. Specializing in the out-of-the-ordinary, our tools and tactics support academic learning and promote self-respect, strong character and social and environmental consciousness. In their entirety our services focus on three main areas: Experiential Education, Job Readiness + Life Skills, and Professional Development. We offer adventure-based wilderness expeditions, employment skills training, curriculum-based school programs, and consulting services to educators, trainers, and managers. Our workshop locations range from natural environments to city streets to waterways to school buildings to boardrooms.
We are proud of our forty years of accomplishment and of our continued development. In a recent letter our great friend and partner David Grant, President of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, told us “You are the change you wish to see in the world.” We look forward to the opportunity to put our skills and experience to work for you, and help you become the change you wish to see in the world.
Project U.S.E. inspires personal growth through experiential learning in diverse, safe, and challenging settings. We provide the tools and the context that promote self-respect, strong character, and social and environmental consciousness that benefit individuals and their communities.
Experiential Education—Enhancing Academic + Social Learning
Long before “differentiated instruction” came to be buzz words in education, Project U.S.E. understood that children and adults learn in different ways. Most, in fact, learn best by doing. Furthermore, we understand that schools face a fundamental challenge: making education meaningful and relevant to youth. Experiential education targets both hard skills and soft skills. Our programs, exercises and activities—both in the classroom and outdoors—provide a fun and meaningful methodology to learn and understand mathematics, scientific concepts, writing skills and conduct historical research. Concurrently, a Project U.S.E. initiative inspires strong character, self-motivation, confidence, positive risk-taking, and team-work. Experiential education provides teens the foundation they need to attain personal success both in and out of school. View our Experiential Education programs.
Job Readiness + Life Skills—Preparing Young People for Life-long Success
Employers who hire entry-level workers look for individuals who are reliable, respectful, work well on a team, have a positive attitude, and possess a strong work ethic. Individuals who are entering the workforce can benefit from financial planning and budgeting, creating resumes, and interviewing skills. By providing young people with the opportunity to develop and practice these vital soft skills Project U.S.E. readies individuals for life-long success in the workplace, which leads to more stable families and safer and healthier communities. View our Job Readiness + Life Skills Programs.
Professional Development—Supporting Institutions + Communities
Schools, corporations, social service providers, and other professional communities benefit from experiential programs that highlight team development, group process, leadership skills and communication styles. We design and present programs that help stakeholders examine the dynamics and culture of their organization and fine-tune those elements that will make them more productive and effective. Our professional facilitators use their years of experience to create a supportive and meaningful learning environment. Our offerings are suitable for the wilderness, classrooms, hotel conference centers, and company boardrooms. View our Professional Development programs.
Browse by Programs
To browse all the programs Project U.S.E. offers under the umbrella of its Experiential Education, Job Readiness + Life Skills, and Professional Development services, visit our Browse by Program page.