From planting to service-learning, it has been a busy spring here at Kid Power!

Global Youth Service Day

This April, Kid Power students joined tens of thousands of young people across the world when they led service-learning projects to improve their communities. April 15th marked Global Youth Service Day, an international day coordinating and celebrating youth-led service. As part of Kid Power's Citizenship Project, students led a variety of projects including campus clean ups and beautification efforts to make their school grounds cleaner, safer, and more environmentally friendly!

When asked if he enjoyed Global Youth Service Day, 5th grader Juan said, “Well, service isn’t the most fun activity we do at Kid Power, but I feel better for doing it. I feel better when I help other people. It’s the right thing to do.”

Youth Advocacy

“The annual share of funding for out-of-school time programs has declined by 60% since 2010. As a result, only one quarter of the locally-funded slots exist now for community-based afterschool and summer learning that were available to kids just six years ago…” These sobering statistics come from our partners at the DC Alliance of Youth Advocates as we learn that a long-time local government funder and partner of Kid Power—the DC Children and Youth Investment Trust—will be closing its doors. To learn more about this situation, see DCAYA’s full story here.

Therefore, this budget season at the DC City Council, it is more important than ever to advocate for critical youth programming. Kid Power students, parents, and staff members are applying their civics knowledge to advocate on behalf of underserved youth throughout the District to ensure that they continue to have access to the services they need most.

Kid Power students and parents have written letters to City Council explaining the importance of after-school programming to them. Here are a few of their reasons:

"I've always wanted to be a scientist and an excellent mathematician. In life, I want to live the 'American Dream' and I think that Kid Power will be part of helping me live up to that."

"I have learned about citizenship, the bill of rights, and to never give up while being in Kid Power."

"When I grow up I want to be a doctor so I can help people who are sick. Kid Power can help me achieve my goal by helping me become great at school."

Beyond helping to ensure that the programs that mean the most to them are funded, this advocacy provides Kid Power students with the opportunity to apply the civic engagement knowledge that they have learned in Kid Power’s Citizenship Project to real life experiences and helps them to see that their words and actions have a real impact.

Volunteer Opportunities

Are you looking for service opportunities? Interested in becoming a mentor? Is your company looking for an organization to partner with for a day of service? Volunteers are crucial to the work we do and to helping Kid Power youth accomplish their academic, health, and civic goals. We have a variety of volunteer opportunities available. Please contact our Community Outreach Coordinator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more about how you can get involved!

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