Project U.S.E. is based in Newark, NJ and serves thousands of young people and adults each year through its experiential education programs.
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.” Your donations will help us continue our vital work. Thank you in advance.
Michael Bagley, Executive Director
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.
“PROJECT U.S.E. IS A TREMENDOUS BLESSING AND OPPORTUNITY FOR THE URBAN CHILDREN OF OUR SCHOOL. IT GIVES THEM A CHANCE TO EXPERIENCE NATURE’S CLASSROOM AND TO CHALLENGE THEMSELVES TO GROW, TO BOND TOGETHER, AND TO BUILD THEIR CONFIDENCE IN WAYS A TRADITIONAL CLASSROOM CAN NEVER MATCH. WITHOUT PROJECT U.S.E. OUR STUDENTS WOULD NEVER HAVE A CHANCE TO HAVE THESE AMAZING EXPERIENCES.”
—JAMES VERRILLI, CO-FOUNDER AND CO-DIRECTOR NORTH STAR ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL OF NEWARK
"You folks are peerless in the field. You are among the best outdoor educators that I have ever worked with and I hope that your relationship with Seton Hall continues to grow."
"As a leader in outdoor experential education, Project U.S.E. is an invaluable training resource. Your programs have helped our students and staff become more effective servant-leaders."
—Andrew Brereton, Director of Career Development, Seton Hall University
"Project U.S.E. created a transformational experience where our students learned, developed rock-solid teams, and were pushed to their physical and emotional limits."
—Walter Czarnecki, MBA, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
"I had never been on a sailboat before, and getting to learn how to sail in real-time, with the water rushing by and the sails full, was incredible. Mike was instrumental in both helping me find a new hobby and learn about myself." —Prem Nainani, MBA, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
“I think Project U.S.E. is embedded in all of us who have worked there. It is great work that you all do, and I still hold Project U.S.E. up as the standard by which I measure other programs, and use as my personal standard for staff development and program delivery. I've often told my wife that I wish I could still work there because the more time I get in this business the more I appreciate how well things were done there, and with such little resources. The entire industry could learn a lot from Project U.S.E.”
—Phil Bailey, Associate Director, Thompson Island Outward Bound, former Project U.S.E. staff member