“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

Looking for affordable produce? We are excited to announce that our VeggieTime Markets are back! Come join #KidPowerDC every other Wednesday from 11:30am-1:30pm at our School Garden Markets! #FreshProduce #GardenMarkets

19 years ago we experienced immense tragedy. We will never forget. Today, we honor the victims, survivors, and heroes of 9/11. #NeverForget #911

Come join PowerUp! for a virtual game night! Play some of your favorite games and have fun with PowerUp! students and staff. If you have any suggestions for a game you want to play, please comment below and RSVP here! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeYHg0cikWWDR1uynYBAAHApnXpWzrtRZ5cddl0VAuI-nE6gA/viewform

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Happy Friday! Hope everyone has a relaxing weekend! #SelfCare
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Looking for affordable produce? We are excited to announce that our VeggieTime Markets are back! Come join #KidPowerDC every other Wednesday from 11:30am-1:30pm at our School Garden Markets! #FreshProduce #GardenMarkets ...

19 years ago we experienced immense tragedy. We will never forget. Today, we honor the victims, survivors, and heroes of 9/11. #NeverForget #911 ...

Come join PowerUp! for a virtual game night! Play some of your favorite games and have fun with PowerUp! students and staff. If you have any suggestions for a game you want to play, please comment below and RSVP here! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeYHg0cikWWDR1uynYBAAHApnXpWzrtRZ5cddl0VAuI-nE6gA/viewform ...

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We hope everyone had a great first week of school! #WelcomeBack #NewSchoolYear
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We love hearing from our students! We are now introducing a new series: Voices of Kid Power. Check out this video to see what Kid Power means to our students Aaron and Alyssa. #StudentVoices #KidPowerDC ...

Happy First Day of School from all of us at #KidPowerDC! We know this school year is like no other but we are all in this together! #WelcomeBack ...

WOW! What an amazing virtual field trip with @bachconsort and the performance of Hercules at the Crossroads. #KidPowerDC students enjoyed an inclusive, participatory performance of a cantata by J.S. Bach about the mythical hero, Hercules. The teaching-artists provided musical, mythical, and historical contexts of the music, and familiarized our students with the key elements of the story and the music. Thank you for this wonderful experience and special thanks to Tim Laughlin! #CommunityPartners #CantStopKP #ArtWithAPurpose #SummerLearning ...

We cannot thank @themusicianship enough for a great virtual field trip! Our students saw an incredible musical performance, participated in interactive activities that allowed them to be a part of the creative process. They engaged in a meaningful question & answer session with a DC-area musician to learn the ins-and-outs of being a musician. Special thanks to Shekinah Hockenhull and Amber Pannocchia. #CommunityPartners #CantStopKP #ArtWithAPurpose #SummerLearning ...

Do you want to inspire local youth by promoting academic achievement, physical and emotional wellness, and positive civic engagement? You are in luck because Kid Power is hiring! Click on the link to learn more about the After-school Program Instructor (for 2020-2021 school year). https://www.indeed.com/job/2019-20-after-school-teacher-non-profit-organization-2d2a188632f4361c ...

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We love seeing all the amazing art our students create! #KidPowerDC #ArtWithAPurpose
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Kid Power is thrilled to announce that we have been selected to be a recipient of Office of the State Superintendent of Education Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Grant Award. We have been awarded $516,000 that will support the implementation of our out-of-school time programs at Malcolm X Elementary School, Stanton Elementary School, J.O. Wilson Elementary School, and Barnard Elementary. We are ecstatic to continue our mission of building stronger and healthier communities. Thank you to OSSE for providing the opportunity to do so! #CommunityPartners ...

As COVID-19 continues to affect our daily lives, #KidPowerDC will continue to share a list of resources for our students and families. #KidPowerCares #StrongerTogether ...

Thank you to @americorps for your continued partnership! Kid Power was awarded the @servedc - The Mayor's Office on Volunteerism and Partnerships AmeriCorps State Grant in the amount of $92,000 for three years. This grant will allow Kid Power to have six AmeriCorps Members who will serve as Site Coordinators and one AmeriCorps Member who will serve as a Volunteer Coordinator. We are so thankful for our AmeriCorps members, and are overjoyed to continue our partnership! #CommunityPartnerships #PowerofPartnerships ...

Save the date! Kid Power is elated to announce that on October 8th, 2020 we will be hosting our 8th Annual Taste of the Garden! Funds raised during our annual fundraiser help us sustain our essential programming and the growing needs of our students. This year, the Taste of the Garden will be an interactive virtual event alive with the Kid Power spirit. We cannot wait and hope you are able to join us! We will be posting more updates about the Taste of the Garden so keep checking our social media! ...

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Seeing our students smiling faces always brightens our day! Wishing everyone a happy Friday! #KidPowerDC
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Thank you @sidwellfriends for your high school student volunteers! We really appreciated having your students work alongside our KP Explorers Instructors to help provide additional virtual classroom support. #CommunityPartners #CantStopKP #YouthLeaders #BeAVolunteer ...

Do you know someone, a business, or an organization that is committed to uplifting the community through philanthropy, entrepreneurship, health, wellness, or social justice? Complete our short community nomination form with your recommendation for the 2020 Excellence in Leadership Award. All recommendations MUST be received by August 15, 2020.

During the Taste of the Garden interactive event, we will present the 2020 Excellence in Leadership Award. Nominate your community hero today! #CommunityHero #Leader https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfP16V4Z0ZN3eLuzIO-vYnXXdXJvTpVz4q5yMPh6TGV6wbzjw/viewform
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Kid Power Explorers had a great time learning about two prominent female artists, Frida Kahlo and Maria Sibylia, through our partnership with the @womeninthearts. Our students had the opportunity to make their own artist’s book and decorated it with a visual and written self-portrait, and make an observation journal and decorated it with a nature-inspired collage. Special thanks to Ashley Harris, Addie Gayoso, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts.#CommunityPartners #CantStopKP #ArtWithAPurpose #SummerLearning ...

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Happy Friday! Wishing everyone a super weekend!
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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.