“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

We are excited to share that TOMORROW May 18th we will partner with @unitedwaynca to raise $10K in 24 hours to do more for the youth in our community in celebration of our 20th anniversary. The past two years have been especially difficult for our community and for our youth.

The Mystics are kicking this season off with a new initiative highlighting the power of mentorship. We are truly honored to be selected for this initiative and will be showcased during the Mystics games on May 13th and June 19th.

Looking for volunteer opportunities? Join our Produce Pop-Up markets! We need your help and these volunteer opportunities require no clearances. If you would like to find out more about this opportunity, please reach out to our volunteer coordinator at [email protected]

It’s time to Elevate Student Voice in #SchoolMeals. Students, let @DCPSEats know how school meals could be better with a short video: http://www.dontmutemyhealth.org/schoolfood
#MyTrayMyWay @TheGreenScheme @DMMH_DC @DC_Greens

On May 18th, Kid Power will be participating in the United Way of the National Capital Area's largest annual online fundraiser, Do More 24. This year, our campaign will celebrate Kid Power's 20th year of engaging, inspiring, and uplifting DC Youth.

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We are excited to share that TOMORROW May 18th we will partner with @unitedwaynca to raise $10K in 24 hours to do more for the youth in our community in celebration of our 20th anniversary. The past two years have been especially difficult for our community and for our youth. Your support is an excellent opportunity to ensure Kid Power programs remain strong for the next 20 years. Support local youth, win prizes and have some fun with us!

Link in bio or visit https://domorekp.funraise.org/
#BetterUnited #DCYouth #DoMorewithKidPower #CommunityPartner #BeTheDifference #KPChampion
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The Mystics are kicking this season off with a new initiative highlighting the power of mentorship. We are truly honored to be selected for this initiative and will be showcased during the Mystics games on May 13th and June 19th. To get tickets for the June 19th game visit https://bit.ly/3N5QlUE and use the promo code KPDC. We hope you are able to come out and support Kid Power while cheering on the Mystics! ...

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Looking for volunteer opportunities? Join our Produce Pop-Up markets! We need your help and these volunteer opportunities require no clearances. If you would like to find out more about this opportunity, please reach out to our volunteer coordinator, Julia, at [email protected] ...

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JOB ALERT! Kid Power, Inc. Health & Wellness program consists of VeggieTime enrichment activities where students study sustainable agriculture, nutrition, and environmental science curriculum that incorporates hands-on gardening, cooking, and market operations.

We are seeking three Health and Wellness Program Associates to facilitate school garden and greenhouse maintenance and our Produce Market program. They will also assist the Deputy Director with other VeggieTime related tasks as needed. This is a Contract Position.
#hiring #health #students #sustainable #nutrition #gardening #jobalert #environmental

https://lnkd.in/g5mYzJ4w
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We all know that the foods we eat impact our physical health. But did you know that it can also impact how well you do in school?! How do you think school lunches could be healthier and more delicious? Students, tell @DCPSEats! what foods you want to eat so you can thrive. 5 winning student videos will change school meals into the future AND students can receive up to 7 community service hours for their video submission. For more information, visit https://www.dontmutemyhealth.org/schoolfood! #MyTrayMyWay #ElevateSchoolMeals ...

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On May 18th, Kid Power will be participating in the United Way of the National Capital Area's largest annual online fundraiser, Do More 24. This year, our campaign will celebrate Kid Power's 20th year of engaging, inspiring, and uplifting DC Youth. Our goal will be to raise $10K in 24 hours! Join us on May 18th to show your support, win prizes, and have some fun with us! #BetterUnited #DCYouth #KPChampion ...

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We are thrilled to spotlight AmeriCorps Site Coordinator at J. O. Wilson Elementary, Pachase Simpson, as our Staff of the Month. While Pachase is new to Kid Power, her peers expressed, “Pachase has worked very hard since she began at J. O. Wilson. She's done a great job in her position and is an amazing addition to the AmeriCorps team." We are grateful to have leaders like Pachase supporting our programs and motivating our youth. #KPChampion #BestStaff #DCYouth ...

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It’s After-School Appreciation week and we are SO grateful for all of our dynamic Instructors! Without them, Kid Power’s after-school programming would not be possible. Thank you to all of our Instructors at Garrison Elementary, Stanton Elementary, J.O. Wilson, Malcolm X, Barnard, and Jefferson Middle School. Your dedication uplifts DC youth every day. Thank you for all you do! #DCYouth #BestStaff #KidPowerDC #HeartOfAfterSchool #AfterschoolApprecationWeek ...

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We are so grateful for the work of all our volunteers at Kid Power! Noelle Ha and Ashly Rubio are completing their social work field practicum with Kid Power and will be graduating in May with their Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from George Mason University. Kaitlin Putnam, Mentors, Inc. @ Kid Power Program Director expressed, “Since August, Noelle has supported the Mentors, Inc. @ Kid Power team in everything from building tools and resources, participating in PowerUp! and working with mentoring matches. After graduation this spring she will pursue a career working with youth in the social work field.”

Program Director Shana Townes stated, “Ashly leads with grace always, the connection she is building with our youth is genuine. Having Ashly as a Social Work Intern has been a huge asset to Kid Power and the youth we serve!” Congratulations Noelle and Ashly! #KPChampions #StudentSuccess #VolunteerSpotlight
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Kid Power is excited to announce a new partnership with the Washington Mystics basketball team! This basketball season, the @washmystics are kicking off a new initiative highlighting the power of mentorship. In collaboration with @mentormddc, the Washington Mystics has partnered with multiple nonprofits from across the Washington Metropolitan area with mentoring programs. Kid Power is delighted to be selected as one of their partners and will be showcased during the Mystics games on May 13th and June 19th. This partnership will allow us to recruit mentors and raise awareness of Kid Power programming.

#DCYouth #WashingtonMystics #MentorsMatter #KidPowerDC #CommunityPartner #Mentoring
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We love seeing our youth engaging with all of our programs! D’mar, a Dunbar High School senior, an alumnus of Kid Power's after-school and summer programming, and a Mentors, Inc, @ Kid Power protégé, has joined the Mentors, Inc. @ Kid Power team to serve as a Youth Ambassador. In this role, D’mar will help support mentor recruitment and training along with leading youth recruitment events with Ayana Patrick, our mentoring Program Manager. #KPChampion #DCYouth #StudentSuccess ...

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April is National Volunteer Month and to celebrate we’re highlighting some of our incredibly dedicated volunteers! Stephanie Ahmed and Rebecca Cichock have both interned with the development office at Kid Power throughout this past year! Communications and Operations Manager, Yevette Smith expressed, “Stephanie and Rebecca have seamlessly fit into the development team, as a small team it has been amazing having these two incredible interns support our needs this past year. We are grateful for their time, talent, and patience!” Rebecca will be graduating from American University next month and we are so excited for her! Congratulations Rebecca!” #KPChampions #StudentSuccess #VolunteerSpotlight ...

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Join the Kid Power Family! Do you love working with young people? Do you want to teach students fun and engaging academic and enrichment activities while providing a safe environment and helping develop young leaders of the future? Then we are looking for YOU! Kid Power is currently hiring for the In-Person Summer Instructor position. For more information, please visit the link in our bio or https://indeedhi.re/3viBDCr. #Hiring #DCYouth #SummerInstructor ...

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Kid Power's Assistant Program Director, Erin White, explains what makes her feel powerful! "Spending mornings with the things I love makes me feel powerful because it starts my day off with a sense of joy and peace that helps me center myself and prepare for the day ahead. I feel a real difference in my days when I give myself this time that makes me feel like I can conquer anything." #iampowerful #whatmovesme #kpdc ...

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In 2009, Kid Power was approached by DC Public Schools (DCPS) to provide our after-school program at Prospect Learning Center, a school for youth with special needs. One of our first students at this school, Malcolm, consistently inspired me with his perseverance, positive attitude, and beaming smile. His father, Elias, offered to testify about the impact of our programs at the City Council.

Mr. Elias expressed, “Kid Power provides a structured environment for Malcolm to not only sharpen his academics but to learn through exploration and different avenues than he does in school. Malcolm loves the garden at the school that Kid Power built with help from the after-school students. He is always bringing home different produce from the garden or recipes from a cooking class. He is encouraging our family to eat healthier. He even wrote an essay that helped the school win the Best Garden Award from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education. He was really nervous to recite his speech in front of a large audience but Kid Power helped him prepare and practice.”

Throughout the years, there is not a day that has gone by that I have not been inspired by the passion, partnership, and commitment of our community. The students and families of Kid Power fuel us to move forward as stories like Malcolm's motivate Kid Power to continue the integral work for the next 20 years! #KPChampion #20thAnniversary #KidPowerDC
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We are delighted to recognize Mekiah (Kiah) Minor as our Staff of the Month! Kiah is known for her positive attitude and for encouraging our youth to be their best self.“Since day one, Kiah has brought a positive energy to the team that is infectious amongst her peers and her students. This energy has allowed her to develop great relationships with the families and staff at her school site as well. Kiah is a phenomenal addition to the team and is well-deserving of this distinction.” Thank you Kiah for being such a rockstar! #KPChampion #BestStaff #EmployeesOfTheMonth ...

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KP Board of Director, Gregory Henderson, shared what Kid Power’s 20th Anniversary meant to him. “I’m a witness to the transformative programs and opportunities Kid Power provides for the youth in DC. I am forever grateful for this great organization for giving a young educator a chance to make a difference. I would not be the man I am today without Kid Power. As I reflect on the past 20 years I can’t help but picture the many young men and women who found their calling, their voice, support systems, mentors, sense of self-worth, academic success and so much more from being a member of the Kid Power family…but most of all a growth mindset that they have the power to make a positive change in their lives as well as their communities. Happy 20th Anniversary KidPower. Thank you for all you’ve done and continue to do in the fight for educational equity.” #WhatMovesMe #IamPowerful #KPDC #20thanniversary #KidPowerDC ...

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Are you looking to make a direct impact on a student’s life? Let us work with you in supporting student success by establishing a named annual scholarship. Our scholarships are an essential resource for many of our students to access higher education and achieve their educational goals. Without the investment of donors, some of our students would not be able to attend college or a specialized vocational program due to finances or unexpected hardships. For more information, please contact Director of Development, Martina Arnold, at [email protected]

#KPChampion #StudentSucess #DCYouth
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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: Our Lights on After School program at Garrison Elementary has brought so much joy and laughter to our students!
#KidPowerDC #Youth #DC #Community
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Curtis Leitch, Kid Power’s Deputy Director, and Faithful, a Mentors, Inc. @ Kid Power protégé, provided testimony at DC Council’s Performance Oversight Hearing Committee of the Whole on the importance of Out of School Time programming and improvements for the upcoming year. “DCPS timeliness and lack of communication have put OST providers in difficult situations to wait for decision-making results before we can adequately plan for our programs. At Kid Power, we would ultimately like to improve collaborations with DCPS to allow OST programs to run and serve students more efficiently” said Curtis. Faithful testified about the importance of mentoring. “Being matched with my mentor has motivated, encouraged, and shined a light on my future in many ways. As tough as the last two years have been, having a mentor for students can be very impactful.”
#KPChampion #YouthVoice #DCYouth

Watch the full meeting here.
http://dc.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=7176
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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.