“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

Jennifer Speight, whose 4th-gr daughter attends @kidpowerdc, testifies:

"By allowing my child to be in a space built for her just to be a kid with social and emotional enrichment, she was able to find the confidence in herself to speak up."


"This experience should not be unique, but this opportunity should be available to all kids in DC," Jennifer says of @kidpowerdc. #OSTworks

Andria Tobin of @kidpowerdc testifies that #OST programs are uniquely positioned to help children and families recover from the impacts of COVID.

But this will require additional funding for capacity-building and sustainability. #OSTworks

Today is the big day we celebrate our Class of 2021! This evening we will spotlight our graduates & their achievements. Students will receive scholarship awards & announce where they will be attending college. Join us at 6:30pm.

There is unmet demand for OST in DC. 70% of families who didn't enroll their child in a summer prog said they would if one was available. All DC youth deserve to take part in OST activities, but it will take restoring funding. Sign the petition: http://bit.ly/OSTworks #OSTworks

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We love seeing all the fun #KidPowerDC students have during their warm-up! #StudentArt #KPConnect

Michelle and Ashley are one of our newest matches and just passed their 3 month match anniversary! Ashley says that being a mentor is about “being patient, understanding, and a good listener. I have loved the process of forming a close relationship with my protégé, watching them challenge themselves, and grow. Seeing that process is the best part of the match (as is meeting up for the first time to celebrate Biden's Presidential victory at BLM Plaza!)." #MentoringAmplifies #MentorsMatter #CommunityPartner #Commit2Connect ...

Kid Power Fourth-grade student Micheala is always ready to learn new things and is super engaged! She volunteers for tasks, answers questions, and eagerly completes all her activities! #StudentSpotlight #KPChampion ...

Interested in mentoring but not sure what it entails or where to start? Many of our mentors felt this way before beginning their journey with Mentors, Inc @ Kid Power. If you have questions, join us on January 21st from 6:00-7:30pm EST for a LIVE Q&A panel with current mentors as they share advice, and provide insight into mentoring both in-person and virtually. https://tinyurl.com/mentorkp ...

Meet Brian, a Mentors, Inc @ Kid Power mentor that has been matched with Demetrius for over two years! When asked why he decided to mentor, Brian said that he wanted to volunteer in the local community and mentoring “hasn’t felt like volunteering” because he gets to “talk about things that are natural” and Demetrius makes it fun. Today is a great day to make a commitment like Brian and become a Mentor.
Application: https://bit.ly/kpmentor
#MentoringMonth #MentorsMatter #KidPowerDC #CommunityPartner #Mentoring #MentoringAmplifies #Commit2Connect

Commit to mentor and make a new year’s resolution that you won’t quit! As a part of our celebration of National Mentoring Month, we’re looking for 20 mentors in the DMV area to match with DC youth in grades 8-11 as a part of our community-based mentoring program. Check in all week long to hear stories from current mentors about their commitment and why you should join them as a mentor. #MentoringMonth #MentoringAmplifies #Commit2Connect ...

Let’s finish this year strong by supporting #KidPowerDC families like the Watkins! Make your year end donation today! https://kpstretch.funraise.org/ #KidPowerParent #KidPowerChampion #CommunityPartner ...

Merry Christmas, from your Kid Power Family! Wishing you a day filled with love, laughter, and peace. #merrychristmas🎄 ...

Thank you to the Andrew Family Foundation for your support and commitment to Kid Power’s students and for your inspiring legacy of creating opportunities for generations to come. #KidPowerDC is extremely grateful for the Foundation's deep commitment to providing tools and opportunities that can help our students become productive citizens with the $10,000 grant award for our Citizen Project. #KPChampion #KidPowerPartner #CitizenProject #CommunityPartner #FamilyGiving ...

We love seeing our students' imaginations at work! #Art #StudentWork

#KidPowerDC was awarded a $10,000 grant from the Beeny-Mason Family Foundation which will allow us to continue to provide critical resources for our students during this pandemic. We are extremely grateful to the Foundation for going above and beyond with their support to our community during this unprecedented time. #KPChampion #KidPowerPartner #FamilyGiving ...

Shana Townes, Kid Power's Program Director, provided testimony at @councilofdc Chairman Phil Mendelson and Chairman & Committee on Education, David Grosso's Roundtable discussion on the return to in-person instruction for DC Public Schools. Shana stressed the importance of involving out-of-school time programs in the decision-making process on the return to school. “Students and families have experienced the loss of stability and support due to COVID, and some of the feedback we have heard from families is that students need more social and emotional support. As a committed community partner, Kid Power sees the benefit of being more involved in the decision making when it comes to supporting DC youth. We can all benefit when we collaborate with one another," said Shana Townes. #DCCouncil #OST #DCYouth

Watch the Roundtable discussion here: http://dc.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=5967

This year has been humbling to see the wave of support from donors, local businesses, and community leaders to support local students. We are just 16 days and $8,524.28 away from reaching our goal to raise $20,000 by the end of the year to help us ensure that we provide critical tutoring, nutrition, and civic engagement opportunities for students during this challenging time. We hope we can rely on your generosity to support as many students as possible. Donate here: https://kpstretch.funraise.org/ #ThankYou #KPChampion #SupportStudents #DCYouth #Community ...

Kid Power is hiring! To learn more about the After-School Instructor position click on the link! https://indeedhi.re/3pIFjJS #Hiring #JobOpportunity ...

Kid Power Program Director, Shana Townes, distributing supplies to Kid Power student Johnathon. “I am so thankful for Kid Power it has been a huge blessing for us especially the homework help, Ms. Denver is great with navigating our needs." - Parent of Barnard Elementary Student Johnathon.

This year we hosted our very first Virtual Family Engagement Night where families, students, and Instructors from all of Kid Power's school sites joined together for a fun night of laughs and stories. Sometimes these small moments remind us not only of how much our students need social outlets but also how wonderful it is that Kid Power is able to provide the space for connection. #KidPowerFamilies #FamilyEngagement #Community #FamilyFun #TisTheSeason #KidPowerDC ...

Natayvian has yet to miss a single session of Kid Power since the start of the year, and each day she brings joy and energy that brightens the mood of everyone else in the class. She is never afraid to use her voice and to speak her mind, and we have no doubt that she will change the world someday! #StudentSpotlight #KPChampion ...

We absolutely loved seeing all the delicious food our students made during VeggieTime at Home. #VeggieTime #KidPowerDC #YouthLeaders

There's only one month left in 2020, which means that there's one month left to sign-up to be a mentor with Mentors, Inc. @ Kid Power or one of 50 other mentoring programs in the DC and Maryland area as a part of the #500virtualmentors challenge! Sign up here: bit.ly/500virtualmentors #Mentoring #MentorshipMatters #YoungLeaders ...

Wow! We are so thankful for the generosity we witnessed on Giving Tuesday. Because of you, we raised $9,331.97 through online and offline donations. These gifts will allow us to extend our KP Connect program to accommodate ALL DC Public School and Charter School students in need during online learning. Not able to donate yesterday, but still want to? Good news! We are accepting donations until December 31! Help us reach our $20,000 goal.

#KidPowerDC #SupportingYouth #GivingTuesday #SupportingYouthLeaders #CantStopKP #BeTheDifference

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Partnering with Kid Power will inspire youth leadership through academic advancement, physical & emotional wellness, and positive civic engagement.


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.