“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

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: We love seeing all the fun our youth are having this summer! Our @AmeriCorps Site Coordinators and @FoodCorps team created interactive lessons where our students are focusing on the elements Earth, Fire, and Water. #KPExplorers #Community #Summer #Leadership

We are ecstatic to welcome our new #BoardMember, Stephanie Bailey, to the #KidPower family! Stephanie currently serves as @BetterUp Vice President of Revenue Marketing. Outside of work, she is a mother of three who loves spending her time outdoors. #KPChampion #Community #Mission

We are excited to announce the appointment of six new members to the Kid Power Board of Directors! Oneshia has previously served as a mentor for Kid Power's #mentoring program and volunteered in several other civic organizations. #BoardMembers #KPChampion #CommunityPartners

Thank you, Councilmember @marycheh for making DC a national climate leader by addressing GHG emissions from our food purchases! https://bit.ly/3ym0qq0

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Happy National Parents Day! We would like to recognize and thank all of our Kid Power parents for their dedication to our programs and their trust in our team.

#NationalParentsDay #KidPowerDC #Family #Parents #StrongerTogether
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We are ecstatic to welcome our new Board Member, Stephanie Bailey, to the Kid Power family! Stephanie currently serves as @betteruphq Vice President of Revenue Marketing with over 20 years of prior experience driving growth in SaaS companies. Outside of work, she is a mother of three who loves spending her time outdoors snowboarding or biking. Stephanie’s energy, passion, and leadership experience will be an invaluable addition to our Board of Directors. Welcome, Stephanie!

#KidPowerDC #BoardMembers #KPChampion #Community #Mission #Announcement #Professionals #CommunityPartners
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We are so excited to welcome our 2021 Youth Ambassadors! Our Youth Ambassadors will engage in project-based activities selected and driven by them to support our programs and organizational goals. Maliah will be helping to build tools, resources, and create learning opportunities around college exploration while also continuing her work with the KP Connect Student Ambassadors. Hannah will be supporting our mentoring program and our VeggieTime program with the garden and cooking with our students. She will also be supporting grant writing and projects with our board.

#KidPowerDC #UpliftingOurYouth #YouthAmbassadors #Community #StudentLeaders
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We are excited to announce the appointment of six new members to the Kid Power Board of Directors. Join us as we welcome Oneshia Herring! Oneshia currently serves as Senior Counsel in the Office of the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division at the @thejusticedept. Outside of work, Oneshia has previously served as a mentor for Kid Power's mentoring program and volunteered in several other civic organizations. As part of our executive board Oneshia will carry out the vision of our co-founders and our continued mission to inspire, engage, and serve our DC communities.

#KidPowerDC #BoardMembers #KPChampion #Community #Mission #Announcement #Professionals #CommunityPartners #Mentoring
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Our planning has started for the 9th annual Taste of the Garden and we need your voice! Do you know a community member, business, or organization that is committed to uplifting the community, philanthropy, entrepreneurship, health, wellness, or social justice? Complete our short community nomination form in our bio with your recommendation for the 2021 Kid Power Community Hero Award. All recommendations MUST be received by September 1st, 2021. #KidPowerDC #TasteOfTheGarden #Hero #Community #DC #GivingBack #KPHero ...

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WOW! We are blown away with the success of our Produce Pop-Ups. This spring, Kid Power hosted 52 Produce Pop-Ups and distributed 13,750 pounds of food to students, families, and community members! Partnering with Franklin Sustainable Farms and @freshfarmdc Kid Power was able to provide resources to its community, connect with many of our families, and make new friends. Thank you to everyone who visited our Pop-Ups!

#Community #VeggieTime #KidPowerDC #ProducePopUp #GivingBack #FreshProduce
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We were so excited to see our students in person at our end of year family engagement celebration of our KP Connect program. Our students had a blast at the playground while parents enjoyed the music, food, drinks, snacks, and games while connecting with our staff!

#KidPowerDC #DCYouth #KPConnect #YouthLeaders #StudentSuccess #FamilyEngagementNight
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Kid Power is hiring! To learn more about the AmeriCorps Site Coordinator position visit: https://bit.ly/2VKgyT7
#Hiring #Nonprofit #AmeriCorps #JobOpportunity #KidPowerDC #WorkingWithYouth
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Happy 4th of July! Kid Power would like to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday weekend! #fourthofjuly #summer #independenceday #safesummer #familyandfriends #community ...

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Are you looking to get more involved with Kid Power? As a volunteer, you will have the opportunity to give back to your community by supporting one of our programs. Become a Garden Maintenance Volunteer! You will travel to a garden at one of Kid Power's partner DC Public Schools to support basic gardening throughout the summer. For more information contact our Volunteer Coordinator: [email protected] #VolunteerOpportunity #DCYouth #Gardening #KidPowerDC ...

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We are so proud of our Kid Power Student Ambassadors who presented their class service-learning projects to donors, KP board members, and staff at our virtual service-learning symposium. Our students worked with @xryouth.dc, @sierraclub, @bbbsamerica, and @wwf to create meaningful service learning projects that explored a need from their community and established something lasting. Thank you to @YSA and Charles Stewart Mott Foundation for awarding grants to support these projects and for uplifting the voice of our youth. #ServiceLearning #UpliftingYouth #KidPowerDC #StudentSuccess #KPChampion ...

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We had such a blast virtually celebrating our class of 2021 during our Mentors, Inc. @ Kid Power annual graduation celebration! We are so proud of our seniors as they shared where they will be attending college this coming Fall, while also being awarded scholarships to support academic achievement and community engagement.

Thank you to our generous donors: Stacy Smith Liss and Madison Glass who presented Sevon M. with the Smith-Kogod Family Scholarship for $1,000, Alicia Hollis awarded Tyonna P with the Angel Hollis Vaccaro “Be Your Best Self” award for $1,250, and Rita Parks from the River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation College Access Fund awarded Demetrius S. with an $8,000 scholarship. Julianna W. received Kid Power’s Committed to Excellence award for $750, and Chelsea C. received Kid Power’s Soaring Scholar award in the amount of $1,000.

https://youtu.be/l6EnZDvej_Q
#CelebratingOurSeniors #StudentSuccess #Scholarships #ClassOf2021 #KidPowerDC
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Join us this week for our LAST Produce Pop-Ups of the season! Get all your fresh fruits and veggies, recipes, giveaways, and so much more. All produce is FREE and all are welcome! Pop-Ups are Tuesday from 2:30-4 pm at Barnard Elementary School and Wednesday from 11:30-1 pm at Malcolm X Elementary School. Can't wait to see you there!
#FreshProduce #HealthyCommunities #KidPowerDC
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Kid Power is excited to highlight J.O. Wilson Elementary @FoodCorps Member, Ayla Kumano as our staff of the month! This has been Ayla's second year with Kid Power and she is an absolute rockstar in the classroom. Some of her peers expressed, "Ayla has been 10/10 in all of the VeggieTime enrichment lessons, coordinating Produce Pop-Ups, and helping out at other schools." Others shared, "She is always high in energy and super great to be around and you can tell she’s dedicated.” #StaffOfTheMonth #KPChampion #Leader #TeamPlayer #YouthAdvocate ...

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The Herb Block Foundation awarded Kid Power a $10,000 Pathways Out of Poverty grant to support our mentoring program. Thank you for your commitment to supporting young people in gaining access to quality education. Herb Block's dedication to improving student achievement and the healthy development of young people is truly inspiring! #CommunityPartner #KPChampion #Grateful #StudentSuccess #YouthLeaders ...

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Thank you to @brexhq, who is showcasing Kid Power in their new advertising campaign. We are excited that Kid Power's Executive Director Andria Tobin and Program Coordinator and Alumna Felicity Poussaint are featured on billboards across DC, Miami, and Houston. We are also grateful for the generous donation of $12,000 to enhance our programs in our support of DC youth. ...

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Happy Juneteenth! Today marks an important moment in history as we commemorate one marker in the emancipatory process to end slavery in the US. Let us use today to reflect, honor the lives lost, and take action towards building a more equitable future for everyone. #FightForFreedom #BeTheDifference #Juneteenth ...

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@possefoundation DC is looking for 60 students from the Class of 2022 to attend their 6 partner schools: Bucknell University, Lafayette College, Sewanee, Lewis & Clark College, University of Rochester, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The Posse Scholarship is a full tuition leadership-based scholarship and Kid Power's Posse Scholarship nominations are now open! Kid Power program participants and alumni in the graduating class of 2022 can request a nomination link in bio by Friday, June 25th. For more information contact Kaitlin Ewen, Program Director, at [email protected] ...

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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.