“Kid Power helps build the foundation for confidence that will allow us to take control of our future and conquer the obstacles that come in our way. No one
can tell me that I can’t because Kid Power showed me at a young age that I can."
Jenari, Kid Power alumnus and current Marketing and Communications Fellow at Accenture Federal Services
"I learned a lot but the one thing that Kid Power expressed to every single child every summer... always give back. And I think that’s what will really stick with me for the rest of my life. No matter where life takes me I’ll always remember to give back."
Wilmon H. Lee IV
“The way I can make a difference in my community is to make the earth better by cleaning up trash and putting up "No littering" signs, like what we did with our community service project.”
Camilla, 4th grader at Barnard Elementary School
“I feel lucky to have been involved with a school that provided such a resource. This is why I volunteer today with Kid Power because I want to be able to give back to an organization that gives so much.”
Sher’Nae Kay, Kid Power Parent and Volunteer
“Volunteering with youth in our Summer Leadership Academy has taught me to slow down. Working with these kids has been so rewarding. As a young adult I have learned so much from these kids!"
Trista Cegielski, Volunteer
“I love how we can focus on the whole child by giving them the tools and resources that they can use in every aspect of their lives.”
Shana Townes, Kid Power Staff
“Serve DC’s success is reflected in Kid Power’s success. We want to make sure that everyone has a positive experience, from the young people served by Kid Power’s programs to the AmeriCorps Members that serve those young people.”
Serve DC AmeriCorps Program Director
“Kid Power helps build the foundation for confidence that will allow us to take control of our future and conquer the obstacles that come in our way. No one
can tell me that I can’t because Kid Power showed me at a young age that I can.”
Jenari, Kid Power alumnus and sophomore at Rensslear Polytechnic Institute
“I learned a lot but the one thing that Kid Power expressed to every single child every summer... always give back. And I think that’s what will really stick with me for the rest of my life. No matter where life takes me I’ll always remember to give back.”
Wilmon H. Lee IV

Who We Are

Kid Power inspires youth leadership by promoting academic advancement, physical & emotional wellness, and positive civic engagement in under-served communities throughout the District of Columbia.

Our Programs

Kid Power’s FREE programs serve more than 1,600 DC students.

After-School Program

GRADES: 2nd – 8th

Summer Leadership Program

GRADES: Rising 3rd – 8th

Mentor & Enrichment Program

GRADES: 6th – 12th

In-School Program

GRADES: Pre-K – 5th

Our Impact

The program helped 92% of students maintain or improve their ELA standardized test scores and 7% move from below proficiency to approaching, meeting, or exceeding proficiency. Furthermore, according to DCPS school-day teachers, because of Kid Power programming, 63% of Kid Power showed improvements in regular classroom attendance, 43% showed an improvement in academic performance, and 51% showed an improvement in classroom participation.

The program helped students increase their civic knowledge, ability to design a service-learning project, and their confidence with debate and public speaking skills by 21%. Further, 73% of students reported increased understanding of the importance of helping others and 95% of parents said Kid Power helped their child understand the importance of community service.

Students showed a 17% increase in their nutritional, environmental science, and gardening knowledge.  Highlights included a 32% increase in students’ ability to identify different parts of a plant and a 16% increase in healthy food knowledge.    95% of parents reported that because of Kid Power programming, their students both understand the importance of making healthy food choices and able to make healthier food choices. Additionally, 91% of parents reported that their children now help cook healthy meals at home. In terms of social-emotional growth, 95% of parents said that their children have better conflict resolution skills, while 68% of surveyed students said that they have better self-confidence.  Additionally, 73% of youth demonstrated increased positive social behaviors, such as assertiveness, while 67% showed increased creativity

On average, positive social-emotional scores increase 3% over the summer. Our daily Summer Leadership Academy serves 125 students and runs 7 hours/day for 5 weeks. Students participate in morning academic classes (ELA, Math, and Civics) and afternoon enrichment sessions based on the VeggieTime and Citizenship Programs. The Academy provides workforce development skills such as public speaking, marketing, financial literacy, team-building, and goal-setting. In just 5 short weeks, Kid Power saw significant growth.

Social Media

This is such an exciting day! We are halfway in reaching our goal of raising $5,000 to support the needs of our young people. A huge thank you to Robin Weisman, Oneshia Herring, Stephanie Bailey, and Sara Wells for their outreach and support! YOU ROCK!! https://gtwithkp.funraise.org/

Looking for other organizations to support during #GivingTuesday?

Check out these awesome organizations doing great work in DC:

⚫️ @opengoalproject
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⚫️ @kidpowerdc
⚫️ @EmpowerEdDC

Your donation today on #GivingTuesday will help #KidPowerDC continue to give our young people critical resources and support our four interconnected programs that address the academic, social, and health needs facing DC youth. https://gtwithkp.funraise.org/

Join me today in raising $2K for @KidPowerdc on #GivingTuesday. Let’s create a wave of generosity to help our young people heal through Kid Power's hands-on programs and expanded food and community outreach. https://bit.ly/KeddaKPGT

#KidPowerDC #BeTheDifference #YouthPrograms

Are you ready for #GivingTuesday? Support Kid Power and make a direct impact in our programs, help us increase food access to our communities, and provide our graduating seniors with vital resources. https://gtwithkp.funraise.org/

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Congratulations to Brian Tahmosh for winning our Unleash Your Kid Power Raffle gift card! Thank you to all those who donated so far! We are accepting donations until December 31!

Every donation of $25 or more will be automatically entered into our Unleash Your Kid Power Raffle there are more fun prizes in store! Our next raffle item will be a gift card to Mother's Organic Market and the winner will be announced soon! https://gtwithkp.funraise.org/ #GiveThanks #SupportingYouth #GivingBack #KidPowerDC #GivingTuesday #SupportingYoungLeaders #CantStopKP #BeTheDifference Less
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Congratulations Alonza Solomon for winning our Unleash Your Kid Power Raffle Chipotle gift card! Thank you to all those who donated on Giving Tuesday. With your support, we have halfway met our goal through online and offline donations. These gifts will allow us to support the growing needs of our students. Not able to donate yesterday, but still want to? Good news! We are accepting donations until December 31!

Every donation of $25 or more will be automatically entered into our Unleash Your Kid Power Raffle there are more fun prizes in store! Our next raffle item will be a gift card to H Street Country Club and the winner will be announced on December 7th! https://gtwithkp.funraise.org/ #GiveThanks #SupportingYouth #GivingBack #KidPowerDC #GivingTuesday #SupportingYoungLeaders #CantStopKP #BeTheDifference
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THANK YOU! We are so blown away by the support we received today during #GivingTuesday. We are so grateful to have such strong support and amazing Kid Power Champions! Kedda, Patrick, and Andrea you all knocked it out of the park and we cannot thank you enough! Don’t worry, there is still time to donate and help us reach our goal! Donate today to be entered in our Unleash Your Kid Power raffle! https://gtwithkp.funraise.org/ #GiveThanks #SupportingYouth #GivingBack #KidPowerDC #GivingTuesday #SupportingYoungLeaders #CantStopKP #BeTheDifference ...

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This is such an exciting day! We are at the halfway mark in reaching our goal of raising $5,000 to support the needs of our young people. A huge thank you to @robinw033 , @oneshiaherring , Stephanie Bailey, and Sara Wells for their outreach and support! YOU ROCK!! Join us with your support today and all donations over $25 will be entered in our Unleash Your Kid Power raffle! https://gtwithkp.funraise.org/

#GiveThanks #SupportingYouth #GivingBack #KidPowerDC #GivingTuesday #SupportingYoungLeaders #CantStopKP #BeTheDifference
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Today, Kid Power is kicking off its Year-End Giving Campaign to raise $5,000 by December 31. Your donation today on #GivingTuesday will help #KidPowerDC continue to give our young people critical resources and support our four interconnected programs that address the academic, social, and health needs facing DC youth. Your donation of $25 or more will be entered into our Unleash Your Kid Power Raffle. Be the Difference and Give Today! https://gtwithkp.funraise.org/ #GiveThanks #SupportingYouth #GivingBack #KidPowerDC #GivingTuesday #SupportingYoungLeaders #CantStopKP #BeTheDifference ...

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Are your ready for #GivingTuesday tomorrow? This global movement will fuel local nonprofits and transform communities around the world. Support Kid Power and make a direct impact in our programs, help us increase food access to our communities, and provide our graduating seniors with vital resources. With a donation of $25 or more, you will be automatically entered into our Raffle to win prizes from Chipotle, H Street Country Club, and MOM'S Organic Market. https://gtwithkp.funraise.org/ #GiveThanks #SupportingYouth #GivingBack #KidPowerDC #GivingTuesday #SupportingYoungLeaders #CantStopKP #BeTheDifference ...

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Thank you to The Morningstar Foundation for awarding Kid Power with a $25,000 grant that includes $15,000 for our middle school programming and a one-time gift of $10,000 to support our food/produce distribution work in the communities we serve. #Grateful #CommunityPartners #StudentSuccess #DCYouth ...

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We are so grateful for our partners, supporters, families, and our amazing students! Wishing you a wonderful day filled with laughter, love, and happiness. #Grateful #HappyThanksgiving #StrongCommunities #KidPowerDC ...

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A HUGE thank you to The Ceres Foundation for awarding Kid Power a $100,000 grant to support our Mentors, Inc. @ Kid Power and PowerUp! program. The funding will provide critical operational and programmatic support for our program expansion that includes capacity building in the next 2 years and an increased emphasis on civic engagement, youth voice, relationship-building, and social-emotional support to better align with Kid Power’s core mission. #Grateful #CommunityPartners #StudentSuccess #DCYouth ...

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Kid Power is honored to receive a $55,000 grant award for general support from The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation! Kid Power is inspired by the Foundation's continued commitment to building a stronger community for our youth! #Grateful #CommunityPartners #StudentSuccess #DCYouth ...

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Kid Power is looking for volunteers! High Impact Tutors will support 3rd - 5th grade students to improve their English Language Arts proficiency at Stanton Elementary. You will focus on developing students' literacy and reading comprehension with weekly small group tutoring sessions. Opportunities are available during the school day and after-school. Contact our Volunteer Coordinator at [email protected]

#Volunteer #Nonprofit #KidPowerDC #WorkingWithYouth #Community #Mentoring
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Honoring the Legacy of Angel Hollis Vaccaro: Angel inspired and uplifted everyone around her with her positive energy, intellect, and passion to Kid Power where she served on the Board of Directors for 5 years. Her exceptional blend of creative vision, tactical skills, and relentless drive helped Kid Power navigate strategic planning, recruit new board members, and chart a course for sustainable growth at a critical juncture in the organization’s history.

As a Principal and Practice Leader at Deloitte for 22 years, Angel not only transformed the way the firm operates but her mentorship created the next generation of leaders in the firm and paved the way for the elevation of female and minorities leaders. She consistently found creative ways to connect the resources and people at Deloitte to specific program needs and capacity-building measures at Kid Power.

At the age of 44, we know Angel had many more gifts to bestow and to help honor her legacy, Kid Power's Board of Directors created The Angel Hollis Vaccaro Leadership Fund to champion youth leadership, recognize Instructor creativity and ensure continued operations of our programs. Click to support the fund at https://www.kidpowerdc.org/donate/ or contact [email protected] to establish a scholarship in honor or memory of your loved one.
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Kid Power is hiring! To learn more about our After-School Teacher and AmeriCorps Site Coordinator positions visit the link in our bio or: kidpowerdc.org/careers
#Hiring #Nonprofit #AmeriCorps #JobOpportunity #KidPowerDC #WorkingWithYouth
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Kid Power is so proud to be a part of the inaugural group of AstraZeneca ACT on Health Equity: Community Solutions Challenge recipients working toward breaking down barriers toward health equity. AstraZeneca has announced support to 30 nonprofit organizations across the country and Kid Power is honored to have received a grant of $25,000 that will allow us to serve our community through our VeggieTime lessons. #Grateful #CommunityPartners #StudentSuccess #DCYouth ...

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We are blown away by the support shown for our 9th Annual Taste of the Garden event on October 21st. From the amazing discussions on community health to the virtual cooking class we are excited to announce we were able to raise $20,882 through donations, silent auction items, and raffle to support Kid Power’s programs. If you weren’t able to donate it’s not too late! You can donate online at kidpowerdc.org/donate
#TasteofTheGarden #KidPowerDC #Community #DCYouth #CommunityPartners
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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: One of our Mentor matches, Curtis and William, went to a football game in New York to watch the Carolina Panthers play the New York Giants. Although the Panthers lost, the two had an amazing time eating NYC style pizza (William's favorite) and enjoyed their trip!
#KidPowerDC #Youth #DC #Community #Mentoring #Mission #Mentors
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Today, we are proud to join communities all across America celebrating Lights On Afterschool! There are lots to celebrate: afterschool programs keep kids safe, inspire them to learn and grow, and give parents peace of mind. Afterschool programs like Kid Power have risen to the moment to #HelpKidsRecover so celebrate with us to help keep the #LightsOnAfterschool. Today, our students will participate in activities focused on social, emotional & physical health.
#LightsOnAfterschool #HelpKidsRecover #DCYouth #Community #Support
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We are currently seeking an Assistant Program Director who has a strong passion for youth development and serving the needs of youth, families, and DC communities. Do you love collaborating with others and working with a team to meet organizational objectives, while simultaneously enjoying strategic thinking and taking the initiative to make things happen? Then we are looking for YOU!

Full Description: https://ideali.st/t2xAfz
SEND RESUME & COVER LETTER
[email protected]
Attn: Shana Townes

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Partnering with Kid Power will inspire youth leadership through academic advancement, physical & emotional wellness, and positive civic engagement.

Volunteer

Each year, hundreds of volunteers and mentors take part in Kid Power’s variety of rewarding volunteering opportunities; making Kid Power a truly transformative experience for DC youth.