“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 year we are ecstatic to have one of our Mentors, Inc. @ Kid Power protégés be a co-host for Taste of the Garden! Brooke, a current 10th grader has been a student in Kid Power programs since she was in 5th grade. Don’t forget to purchase your ticket http://bit.ly/TOG21Tix

The Taste of the Garden is A WEEK AWAY! Don’t miss out on the chance to enter our raffle for an incredible day at @BarrelOakWine Treat your family and friends to a deluxe wine tasting for eight. Get your raffle tickets today! https://kidpower.home.qtego.net/ #TasteOfTheGarden #YouthLeader

We are thrilled to announce that we will be presenting our 2021 Excellence in Leadership Award to Mark Bucher, co-owner of @MediumRareDC, and the founder of @FeedFridge a program to combat hunger while helping pandemic-battered restaurants stay in business http://bit.ly/TOG21Tix

HURRY, ONLY TWO DAYS LEFT to purchase your early bird tickets for Kid Power’s 9th Annual Taste of the Garden virtual fundraiser! This incredible early bird deal includes VIP tickets with a 3-course delivered meal for $60, or General tickets for $25. http://bit.ly/TOG21Tix

We are hiring! To learn more about our job opportunities visit https://www.kidpowerdc.org/careers/
#Hiring #WorkingWithYouth #JobOpportunities #NonProfit #KidPowerDC #DCPS #AmeriCorps

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This year we are ecstatic to have one of our Mentors, Inc. @ Kid Power protégés be a Co-host for our Taste of the Garden event! Brooke, a current 10th grader has been a student in Kid Power programs since she was in 5th grade. We are honored to not only have her share her experiences at Kid Power but also be a co-host! Don’t forget to purchase your ticket to attend through the link in bio or visit bit.ly/TOG21Tix.

#TasteOfTheGarden #9thTOG #VeggieTime #VirtualTOG #ChefTien #MarkBucher #YouthLeaders #Cooking #FamilyFun #FeedTheFridge #FoodCorps #RonnieWebb #TheGreenScheme #DCHungerSolutions #BeverleyWheeler #CommunityPartners #HealthyDC
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We are thrilled to announce that we will be presenting our 2021 Excellence in Leadership Award to Mark Bucher, co-owner of Medium Rare, and the founder of Feed the Fridge a program to combat hunger while helping pandemic-battered restaurants stay in business. Mark places refrigerators at recreation centers, community centers, and schools across the DC region and pays local restaurants to stock them with up to 100 fresh meals per day.
Join us on 10/21 as we honor Mark at our virtual 9th Annual Taste of the Garden. Early Bird tickets are available until 10/14!

Link in bio or visit bit.ly/TOG21Tix.

#TasteOfTheGarden #9thTOG #VeggieTime #VirtualTOG #ChefTien #MarkBucher #YouthLeaders #Cooking #FamilyFun #FeedTheFridge #FoodCorps #RonnieWebb #TheGreenScheme #DCHungerSolutions #BeverleyWheeler #CommunityPartners #HealthyDC
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HURRY, ONLY TWO DAYS LEFT to purchase your early bird tickets for Kid Power’s 9th Annual Taste of the Garden virtual fundraiser! You don't want to miss out on this event that showcases the important work of Kid Power, the presentation of the 2021 Excellence in Leadership Award, cooking demonstrations, AND a LIVE community conversation. This incredible early bird deal includes VIP tickets with a 3-course delivered meal for $60, or General tickets for $25. Link in bio or visit bit.ly/TOG21Tix.

#TasteOfTheGarden #9thTOG #VeggieTime #VirtualTOG #ChefTien #MarkBucher #YouthLeaders #Cooking #FamilyFun #MarkBucher #FoodCorps #RonnieWebb #TheGreenScheme #DCHungerSolutions #BeverleyWheeler #CommunityPartners #HealthyDC
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We are hiring! To learn more about our job opportunities visit the link in our bio or https://www.kidpowerdc.org/careers/
#Hiring #WorkingWithYouth #JobOpportunities #NonProfit #KidPowerDC #DCPS #AmeriCorps
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Loving this sneak peek and can’t wait to see what’s cooking!? Don’t forget to buy tickets to Kid Power’s 9th Annual Taste of the Garden on October 21st! Link in bio or visit bit.ly/TOG21Tix.
#TasteOfTheGarden #9thTOG #VeggieTime #VirtualTOG #ChefTien #MarkBucher #YouthLeaders #Cooking #FamilyFun
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Get your EARLY BIRD TICKETS TODAY for Kid Power's 9th Annual Taste of the Garden! Join us virtually on October 21st, for an exciting night showcasing our VeggieTime program, live discussions, and of course, a delicious 3-course meal with a cooking demonstration featuring Executive Chef Kevin Tien! We will also present our 2021 Excellence in Leadership Award to Mark Bucher, Feed the Fridge and Medium Rare for his ingenuity and commitment to health and community. You won't want to miss this! Link in bio or visit bit.ly/TOG21Tix!
#TasteOfTheGarden #9thTOG #VeggieTime #VirtualTOG #ChefTien #MarkBucher #YouthLeaders #Cooking #FamilyFun
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Each year Kid Power works with an external evaluator to create measures and tools to evaluate program impact with our participating students. Here is a snapshot of those results. #ProgramOutcomes #Impact #StudentSuccess #StudentLeaders #KidPowerDC #DCPS ...

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We are so excited to announce the new members of our Mentors, Inc. @ Kid Power team! Our mentoring team supports students in grades 8-12 with one-to-one community-based mentors to support them with academic, career, civic engagement, and personal development goals. Our MI team focuses on youth recruitment and intake, volunteer opportunities, and enrichment programming. Welcome, Julia, Ruth, and Noelle to the Kid Power family! #NewStaff #Welcome #KidPowerDC #Mentoring ...

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WOW! We are blown away by the support we received from @monumental_sports Foundation’s So Kids Can Campaign. @capitals players @backstrom19, @tomwilson, and former Caps player Brenden Dillion, joined forces with @eitmonline and pledged $50 per Capitals win during the regular season and $100 per win during the playoffs. Together they raised $39,600 for Kid Power! We are so grateful for the Capitals and Monumental Sports foundation for their support and commitment to give back to our community. #KPChampions #CommunityPartners #ThankYou #AllCAPS #GivingBack ...

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Thank you Compass for your continued support! Kid Power has been selected as one of their 2021-22 Classic Project Nonprofit Clients. Compass will conduct a pro bono Strategic Alignment project to ensure that the Kid Power mission, vision, and programs are aligned as the building blocks for future strategic planning. Compass delivers strategic guidance to nonprofits in a growing number of cities across the US and we are grateful for this partnership. #CommunityPartners #KPChampions #CompassDC #ProBono ...

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We are absolutely thrilled to be back in person with our students this school year! Our team has worked hard to enhance our curriculum to include interactive lessons and activities that we cannot wait to do with our students! We are working daily with DCPS, our families, and our community partners to provide our students with the necessary resources to have a productive, safe, and wonderful school year. #BackToSchool #FreeAfterschoolProgramming #NewCurriculum #KidPowerDC #StudentSuccess ...

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We are thrilled to announce we will be hosting our 9th Annual Taste of the Garden fundraiser on October 21st! This highly attended event raises funds to help us sustain our essential programs and meet the daily needs of our students. This year, Taste of the Garden will be transformed into an interactive virtual event and we cannot wait to showcase our programs, spotlight our inspiring youth, and honor our local heroes with our Excellence in Leadership award. We hope you will join us for this inspiring event! #SaveTheDate #TasteOfTheGarden #CommunityHero #Leadership #KPChampion ...

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Kid Power has been selected as a beneficiary of the @giantfood Community Bag Program for the month of September. Kid Power will receive a $1 donation every time the $2.50 reusable Community Bag is purchased at the Giant Food located at 20 Audrey Lane, Oxon Hill MD. What a great way to support the environment and DC youth. #GivingBack #CommunityPartners ...

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Kid Power is grateful to introduce our @foodcorps Service Members for this year! Our FoodCorps members will join Kid Power to teach health, wellness, and nutrition through hands-on gardening, cooking lessons, and STEM-based environmental science lessons. We are also ecstatic to welcome Robbie Economou, our @congressionalhungercenter fellow, who will be working with the VeggieTime team to conduct an in-depth community needs assessment. #HealthyCommunities #KidPowerDC #EmersonFellow #KPChampion #NewStaff ...

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Happy First Day of School! We are so excited to have you back this year and cannot wait to see you for in-person programming. #KidPowerDC #Youth #Education #DC #Community #DCPS ...

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Thank you @americorps for your continued partnership! Kid Power was awarded the Serve DC AmeriCorps state grant for $94,768. This grant will allow Kid Power to hire six AmeriCorps members who will serve as Site Coordinators and one AmeriCorps Member who will serve as a Volunteer Coordinator. Kid Power AmeriCorps members provide vital support for our programs as they are responsible for daily logistics related to running our after-school programs. We are so thankful for our AmeriCorps members and are thrilled to continue our partnership! #CommunityPartners #KPChampion ...

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Welcome, Christina Ratatori to the Kid Power Advisory Board! Christina, has over 20 years in education inspiring youth through the arts. As a strong arts education advocate, Christina brings extensive knowledge and expertise in arts integration programs. She established and administered programs in the Boston Public Schools, Houston Public Schools, and Chicago Public Schools for artist-in-residencies. Christina was the Implementation Coordinator for Michelle Obama’s Turnaround Arts initiative. We are so excited to have you join our Kid Power Family! #KidPowerDC #AdvisoryBoardMembers #KPChampion #Community #Mission #Announcement #Professionals #CommunityPartners ...

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We are honored to receive a $3,000 grant from @wholekidsfoundation. Selected from over 1,400 applications, the Whole Kids Foundation grant will allow Kid Power to renovate the shed at the Malcolm X Elementary garden into a greenhouse while also providing our youth with an engaging hands-on learning experience. #CommunityPartners #Gardening #HealthyCommunities #KPChampion ...

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We are ecstatic to welcome Brian Ohlhausen to the Kid Power Advisory Board. Brian serves as the Vice President at Columbia Capital, a venture capital firm based in Old Town Alexandria. Passionate about supporting the interest of youth in STEM fields, during the past four years, Brian was a dedicated mentor in Kid Power's mentoring program. #Mentoring KidPowerDC #AdvisoryBoardMembers #KPChampion #Community #Mission #Announcement #Professionals #CommunityPartners ...

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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.