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Recent Organizational Milestones:

  • Over 400 students and 150 mentors served at 6 DCPS and 2 private school sites with over 4,000 volunteer hours completed.
  • 30 major service projects completed, including MLK and Global Youth Service Day activities.
  • Students increased their VeggieTime score by 14 points (64% to 78%).  Most notably, students improved their ability to both recognize healthy snacks vs. unhealthy snacks and to describe how to make healthier versions of food by 22 points.
  • Students increased their Civic score by 10 points (73% to 83%). Most notably, students improved their ability to define democracy and the US constitution by 25 points.
  • Based on Teacher Surveys given to day-time teachers of Kid Power students, of the students that needed to improve, 74% of students improved their academic performance (with 38% making significant gain); 69% students increased their class participation (with 24% making significant gain); and 69% improved in volunteering for extra credit or taking more responsibility (with 32% making significant gain).  
  • In terms of standardized test scores,
  1. 14% of students moved from not meeting expectations (below proficiency) to meeting and exceeding expectations (above proficiency) on their ELA PARCC (6% in 2015/2016 to 20% in 2016/2017).
  2. 9% of students moved from not meeting expectations (below proficiency) to meeting and exceeding expectations (above proficiency) on their Math PARCC (14% in 2015/2016 to 23% in 2016/2017).
  3. 88% of students either maintained or increased their ELA PARC scores and 89% of students maintained or increased their Math PARCC scores. 
  • 100% of parents who completed an end of the year parent survey reported that Kid Power helped their child gain confidence, increase enthusiasm for learning, and eat healthier and 100% reported programs were good or excellent.
  • Summer Leadership Academy data: Kid Power served approximately 150 elementary and middle school students at the 2017 Summer Leadership Academy. Because of this program, 71% of students believe they can weed, water, and pick plants in the garden; 85% of student stated they can now do research on the computer; 82% of students believe they know how to create my own characters and stories; and 70% of students believe they can come up with a plan to help people in their communities.
  • 5 full-time AmeriCorps Service Members joined our team through Serve DC in 2014 to support curriculum development, volunteer outreach, and VeggieTime expansion; and again had this AmeriCorps grant renewed in 2015 for 5 new Service Members.
  • Kid Power was again named “one of the best small charities” in the region in the 2015-2016 Catalogue for Philanthropy.
  • Kid Power built our first state-of-the-art greenhouse (500 sq. feet) to expand garden learning opportunities.
  • Kid Power was listed as a “Reliable Community Partner” by the Department of Wellness and Nutrition.
  • Kid Power school gardens won the 2014 Best New Garden Award, 2014 Best Sustained Garden Award, and the 2013 Garden Bike Tour Award.
  • The organization was featured on WAMU’s June 2014 Community Minute.
  • The VeggieTime curriculum was fully aligned to Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.
  • Kid Power expanded the VeggieTime program to serve 1,200 students through in-school science lessons at Sousa MS, H.D. Cooke ES, Houston ES, Jefferson MS, and Browne EC as well as to serve 25 students at the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy weekly.
  • Middle school students launched their first full youth-led hot sauce business creating, bottling, marketing, and selling their original hot sauce using the summer pepper harvest.
  • The organization received 2 pro bono grants from the Taproot Foundation to implement the Salesforce database and a Board of Directors recruitment project.

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