Wings over America is a 501 c3 non profit service learning program with a dual mission: rehabilitating our endangered youth and returning birds of prey to the wild. Our goal is to recruit adjudicated or severely at risk young adults into careers in science, environmental restoration and stewardship. We have found some success through our formula of training adjudicated youth the art and science of Falconry to empower them in the rehabilitation of injured Hawks,Eagles,Falcons and Owls.
Being responsible for a wild raptor is a transformative experience that inspires both a thirst for STEM education and a reconnection to self. Wings Over America is proud to be partnered with the brilliant innovators at the cutting edge of a growing national movement to re-envision youth rehabilitation.
Our partners include the Office of The Mayor, DC Department of Youth Rehabilitation, Maya Angela New Beginnings Academy, Capital Guardian Youth Challenge Academy, Metropolitan Police Department, DOES and The US Fish and Wildlife Service, Earth Conservation Corps and National Wildlife Federation.
We appreciate their trust and guidance and the service of our dedicated volunteers and the commitment and generosity of our funding partners who have enabled Wings Over America to develop into an innovative and forward thinking model program at a critical time in these young people’s lives.
Wings Over America trains adjudicated youth to rehabilitate injured birds of prey. The relationship offers a mutual healing that can change the course of a young person’s life while giving the bird a second chance for survival. The care and reconditioning provided by youth under the guidance of raptor specialists, often leads to the direct experience of resilience by releasing a bird back to the wild. The pairing of bird and youth occurs in the short window as youth are preparing to return to their communities. Once a youth is returned to their homes we have found that they are better able to maintain a stable path by continuing to build on their interest in science and nature.