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The Critical Need:

Students in DC face a wide variety of social and health threats, including a 30.4% child poverty rate. While the academic and social benefits of service-learning for young people are well-known, youth often lack opportunities to participate in meaningful service. In 2013, the volunteer rate actually declined to the lowest rate on record, with only 21.8% of teenagers engaging in volunteer work.

Our Intervention:

Kid Power’s Citizenship Project, is a multi-faceted approach to civics education, in which students connect a literacy-building and civic engagement curriculum to community action projects in a mentor framework.

Youth work with high school and college mentors to complete their Citizenship Workbook, which includes reading comprehension, vocabulary-building, critical thinking, creative writing, and art activities focused on US history and the building blocks of citizenship. These concepts are reinforced through hands-on activities such as electing representatives to a Kid Power government, debating constitutional issues, and delivering original "I have a dream" speeches. Finally, students connect these lessons to youth-led service-learning and advocacy projects to improve their neighborhoods and the greater community.

Outcomes:

In the 2014-2015 School Year:

  • Students made a 22 point improvement in their civic assessment (48% to 70%) making gains in understanding of the democratic process.
  • 100% of parents responded that they have noticed gains in their child’s understanding of importance of helping community.
  • Students made significant increases in their knowledge of how to design a service project (66% to 78%), belief that they have the ability to make changes to their community or school (77% to 85%), frequency of staying away from fighting (75% to 82%), and ability to make good decisions and set goals (88% to 98%).

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Main Office:
400 E St. SW, Washington, DC 20024

Program Office:
755 8th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001

Main Office:
(202) 484-1404

Program Office:
(202) 383-4543

info@kidpowerdc.org