“I have attended Kid Power since I was 8 years old. I lived in a troubled neighborhood and it was rare for me and my siblings to have fun outside. Then we joined Kid Power, and it changed our lives. If it wasn't for them, I wouldn't be the person I am today. I was a troubled student, and joining Kid Power made me want more for myself!"
Armani, Kid Power Alumna
“I was drawn to Kid Power because I saw they really made an impact in the communities that they serve and that they sought input from those communities instead of just assuming what was needed. As soon as I stepped foot into the door at Kid Power, I knew this was the organization that I really wanted to work in, no matter what the capacity.”
Jessica Truitt, Former Staff
“I was excited because the kids were learning about financial literacy, and a lot of us didn't grow up having that. She seemed to be having a lot of fun."
Tanisha Roberts, Parent
“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
“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 Lee IV, Alumni
“My mentor taught me to be open to new opportunities. She has truly taught me the value of having good connections. But the most important lesson I've learned from her was to make sure I serve a purpose and that I'm confident in what I want to do. Knowing someone cares enough about me and my future encourages me.”
Bryana, Mentors, Inc. @ Kid power Protégé Alumna
“Organizations like Kid Power are extremely important. Not only to the youth they serve but to the community as well. The community values and education that I received while at Kid Power were definitely not taught in school.”
Tajah Franklin, Alumna
“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 youth.

After-School Program & Summer Leadership Academy

GRADES: 2nd – 8th

High Impact Tutoring Program

GRADES: 2nd – 5th

Mentor & Enrichment Program

GRADES: 6th – 12th

In-School Health & Wellness

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

We are thrilled to announce that, thanks to the generous support of our community, we have exceeded our fundraising goal and raised an incredible $27,327.92 for our Season of Opportunity Campaign! This achievement would not have been possible without the kindness and dedication of our donors. Together, we are making a lasting difference!

#KidPowerDC #SeasonofOpportunity #DCNonprofits #DCPS #DCPublicSchools #WashingtonDC #DCAfterSchool #DCMentoringPrograms #DCSummerPrograms #HighImpactTutoring #Thankyou
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We're halfway through another week of Summer Program! Today, meet program volunteer Grace, who has been involved with Kid Power for 2 years. Grace’s favorite summer memory is witnessing how creative her students are. Let’s see what our students create this week! 🎨

#KidPowerDC #DCNonprofits #DCSummerPrograms #DCYouth #DCAfterSchoolPrograms #DCNonprofits #DCVolunteerOpportunities #DCPublicSchools #DCPS
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Meet Maya, an Occupational Therapy student at @gwuniversity and volunteer in our Summer Program. Her favorite memories include being creative with her students, whether they are learning about healthy eating or wildlife habitats. Sound off with some volunteer appreciation in the comments below ⬇️ 🤩

#KidPowerDC #VolunteerAppreciation #DCPublicSchools #DCPS #DCSummerPrograms #DCYouthPrograms #GeorgeWashingtonUniversity
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This summer, we’ll be spotlighting a few of the amazing staff and volunteers in our Summer Program. Today, meet Mark, our Administrative Coordinator 😎☀️

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On Friday evenings throughout the summer, @dcdpr and @dcpolicedept will host a series of community events that feature music, dancing, food, fun, and social service agencies. Find the full calendar of Late Night Hype events by pasting the following link into your browser: https://bit.ly/3WfIVWn

#DCCommunityEvents #DCFamilyEvents #DCYouth #DCPublicSchools #ThingstodoinDC #DCPS #DCSummerPrograms #KidPowerDC
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This week in Summer Program: Our students explored creative expression and showed off their moves through an interactive dance class. Follow along to see what exciting activities our students are up to next! 💃

#KidPowerDC #DCPublicSchools #DCPS #DCSummerPrograms #YouthEducation #YouthArts #DCYouth #YouthEducation #Creavity #WashingtonDC
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Eligible students can now receive a one-time benefit of $120 in grocery money via the SUN Bucks program. The benefits can be used to buy food at any authorized SNAP retailer, like grocery stores 🛒 and farmers' markets🥗. Residents can review eligibility guidelines and apply for the program at sunbucks.dc.gov.

#SunBucksDC #DCPublicSchools #WashingtonDC #DCPS #DCMealPrograms #DCSummerPrograms
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In the final part of our graduation recap, please join us in congratulating our graduating seniors and celebrating their journeys 🥳 💛 #Gradlife #Graduation #DCNonprofits #KidPowerDC #MentoringMoments ...

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Local nonprofit @dokindworks surprised our protégés with a special graduation gift 🎓 watch part 2 of our ceremony recap to see how our students reacted to their new laptops! #Gradlife #Graduation #DCNonprofits #KidPowerDC #MentoringMoments ...

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There’s no graduation like a Kid Power graduation! In part 1 of our mentoring program celebration, we’re looking back on memories that may make us laugh, cry, and remember all the good moments. #Gradlife #Graduation #DCNonprofits #KidPowerDC #MentoringMoments 😎🎓 ...

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Interested in getting involved? @mayor_bowser is seeking DC parents to serve as members of the My Afterschool DC Parent Advisory Group. Interested parents will serve as “testers” for the MADC portal as it goes through the design process internally. For more information, contact Tabitha Burnett at [email protected]

#MayorBowswer #CommunityEngagement #MyAfterSchoolDC #DCPublicSchools #DCParents #DCEducation #DCPS #KidPowerDC #DCCOmmunity 📚
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Looking for summer plans? Visit www.summer.dc.gov, a one-stop shop for families looking to learn more about family-friendly things to do, places to go, and resources to support parents and youth. Make this a summer to remember!😎☀️🏖️

#DCSummer #DCYouthPrograms #KidPowerDC #DCPublicSchools #DCPS #DCSummerPrograms
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Welcome to Summer Program! See how a few of our students celebrate the beginning of Summer😎☀️. Follow along to see the exciting projects, activities, memories, and dances our students explore. #DCSummer #DCPublicSchools #DCNonprofits #DCYouthPrograms #DCPublicSchools ...

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Happy Independence Day! Amidst the barbecues and fireworks 💥 we at Kid Power celebrate liberty and justice for all in our efforts to uplift the next generation. #FourthofJuly #IndependenceDay #HappyFourth ...

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Let's welcome our Social Media intern through @dogoodatumd, Sadie Storm! Sadie is a junior at @univofmaryland majoring in criminology and criminal justice with minors in disability studies and anti-Black racism. Sadie joined the Development Team to contribute to Kid Power's digital expansion and audience engagement across social media platforms. Welcome, Sadie! 🎉#KidPowerDC #DoGoodInstitute #NonprofitInternships #DCInternships #DCPublicSchools #CollegeSuccess ...

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We are thrilled to announce that Kid Power staff member Rita Hailes has been awarded the 2024 Shana Townes Community Builder Award! Rita has been a High Impact Tutoring Educator and After-School Instructor at @stanton_dcps since 2023. We are grateful for the positive impact Rita continues to have on our programs and our students with her excellent instruction. #Grateful #DCPublicSchools #DCMentoringPrograms #DCSummerPrograms #DCNonprofits📚🎖️❤️ ...

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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.