“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

Thank YOU! We have raised $2,683! You can still make a difference! Each dollar raised will directly support our virtual tutoring, innovative programs, essential mentoring opportunities, food delivery, and expanded farmers' markets. https://kpstretch.funraise.org #GivingTuesday #GiveBack

Your #GivingTuesday gift will support the needs of DC students! Despite the challenges of this year, we remain in awe of our students' perseverance. With your help, we can continue to provide critical resources for ALL DCPS and Charter School students! https://kpstretch.funraise.org/

DOUBLE your IMPACT with #KidPowerDC! When you donate today, you will help us in providing the safety, security, and essential resources to help students excel during this pandemic. All donations up to $2,500 will be doubled!! https://kpstretch.funraise.org #GivingBack #GivingTuesday

We need your help raising $20,000 to uplift our youth and families through virtual tutoring, innovative programming, essential mentoring opportunities, food delivery, and expanded farmers' markets. All donations up to $2,500 will be matched! https://kpstretch.funraise.org/ #GivingTuesday

Happy "match-i-versary" to Ryan and Sevon! While this year has created many obstacles, the two have navigated staying connected, addressing racial injustices, and applying to colleges. For mentoring information email [email protected] or visit http://kidpowerdc.org/volunteer.

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Thank YOU! With your support we have raised $2,683.80 so far! Do not worry, you can still make a difference! Each dollar raised will directly support our virtual tutoring, innovative programs, essential mentoring opportunities, food delivery, and expanded farmers' markets. We cannot do this without you! https://kpstretch.funraise.org

#GiveThanks #SupportingYouth #GivingBack #KidPowerDC #GivingTuesday #SupportingYoungLeaders #CantStopKP #BeTheDifference
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Your #GivingTuesday gift today will support the needs of DC students! Despite the challenges of this year, we remain in awe of our students' perseverance. With your help, we can continue to provide critical resources for ALL DCPS and Charter School students! Don't wait, give today! https://kpstretch.funraise.org/ #GiveThanks #SupportingYouth #GivingBack #KidPowerDC #GivingTuesday #SupportingYoungLeaders #CantStopKP #BeTheDifference ...

DOUBLE your IMPACT with #KidPowerDC! When you donate today, you will help us in providing the safety, security, and essential resources to help students excel during this pandemic. All donations up to $2,500 will be doubled!! https://kpstretch.funraise.org #GivingBack #KidPowerDC #GivingTuesday #SupportingYouth #CantStopKP #BeTheDifference ...

Today, we need your help raising $20,000 to continue supporting our students during this difficult time. The funds raised will continue to uplift our youth and families through virtual tutoring, innovative programming, essential mentoring opportunities, food delivery, and expanded farmers' markets. With your gift, you will join community members, youth advocates, parents, and teachers, who are banding together and giving their time, skills, and resources to elevate the youth voice. Thanks to a generous donor, all donations up to $2,500 will be matched! Show your support today and DOUBLE YOUR IMPACT! https://kpstretch.funraise.org/
#GivingTuesday #MakeADifference #SupportingYouth
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Happy "match-i-versary" to Mentors, Inc. @ Kid Power, Ryan and Sevon! Since Ryan and Sevon were matched at the beginning of Sevon’s freshman year, a lot has changed. While this year has created many obstacles, the two have navigated staying connected, addressing racial injustices, applying to colleges, and high school graduation preparation. When asked what he would tell a young person considering being mentored, Sevon said “Do it. [Having a mentor] shows you a new side to things.”

If you want information about how you could be a mentor, email [email protected] or visit kidpowerdc.org/volunteer to find additional details about our mentoring program.
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Thank you to the Harman Family Foundation for their grant award of $30,000. This grant allows Kid Power to provide local students with innovative virtual programming. Thank you for going above and beyond with your support in providing opportunities in our community during this unprecedented time. #KidPowerPartner #StrongCommunities ...

Happy Thanksgiving from the #KidPowerDC family! Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with laughter, love, and happiness this season. #Grateful #HappyThanksgiving ...

Thank you! Because of your generosity, we have met our original goal by raising $41,0610 for Term 1 of the school year! Kid Power remains committed to supporting our students and we are asking you to join us as we stretch our goal to $60,000! This new goal will comprise a major transformation of our KP Connect program as we extend our virtual programming to accommodate ALL DCPS and Charter School students. To donate visit: https://www.kidpowerdc.org/donate/ ...

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! To learn more about the After-school Program Instructor position visit: https://indeedhi.re/3pIFjJS ...

Looking to give back to your local community as the giving season begins? Mentors, Inc @ Kid Power is now accepting applications for new mentors! Our matches are spending more time together in the virtual space, so if you're looking to connect back with the local community, this is the opportunity for you! The only requirements are dedication and a year-long commitment in the DMV area (programming is temporarily operating virtually). Scan QR code or visit kidpowerdc.org/volunteer/ for our mentor application. #Mentoring #KidPowerDC ...

Kid Power is delighted to announce a $55,000 grant award from The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation. Kid Power is truly inspired by the Foundation's commitment to building a stronger community for the residents of Washington, DC. With their support, Kid Power is able to provide our students with the tools they need to succeed. Thank you to The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation for your generosity! For more information on the Catfritz Foundation visit: http://www.cafritzfoundation.org/ #KidPowerPartner #StrongCommunities ...

#KidPowerDC is looking to hire an AmeriCorps Site Coordinator. If you are interested in joining the Kid Power family and believe you would be a good fit, please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected] Include the subject line “AmeriCorps Site Coordinator" when sending your email. Visit https://bit.ly/2IDIXEv for more information about the position. ...

Do not fret! There is still time to register for Kid Power Connect! Kid Power is excited to provide students with FREE virtual after-school programming, including homework help, games, and opportunities for social connection with other kids from around DC! ALL DC students at DCPS or Public Charter Schools in 3rd - 8th grade can take part in our After-School programming! Activities are offered Monday - Friday 3:30pm-5:30pm. FREE supplies are distributed at our school-based garden markets. To apply visit: kidpowerdc.org/student-application/. Please email [email protected] with any questions. #KPConnect #AfterSchoolProgram #VirtualLearning ...

It's American Education Week! American Education Week presents everyone with an opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every student receives a quality education. Across the country, schools host events under a theme proposed by the @neatoday. For more information about American Education Week visit: https://www.nea.org/aew. #AmericanEducationWeek ...

Happy national pickle day! Our students absolutely loved learning how to make Kid Power's famous pickles! #PicklePower #KidPowerDC #NationalPickleDay ...

Make sure to tune into @nbcwashington Washington TODAY at 11am to see some familiar faces and learn more about mentoring! As a part of our partnership with Maryland MENTOR in the 500 Mentor Challenge to recruit mentors in the DC and MD area, our mentor program director, Kaitlin Ewen, and one of our mentors, Jamal, got a chance to sit down with NBC Washington to talk more about the importance of mentoring and how you can become a mentor today! #Mentoring #nbcwashington #KidPowerDC ...

Thank you to all the brave people who have served our country. This #VeteransDay we are thinking of you! #ThankYou ...

Thank you to @oladcgov for your continued support! Kid Power was awarded a grant of $5,000 to provide students with academic support services as well as participate in a variety of comprehensive enrichment, civic engagement, and STEM programming. Thank you for your unwavering commitment in supporting opportunities in our community. #CommunityPartners #BuildingStrongCommunities ...

Born and raised in small-town Madison County central VA, Anthony graduated in 2010 and began his new journey as a first-generation college student. Upon graduating from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and a Minor in Communications, he returned back to VA but Northern Virginia this time. Anthony gained several years of experience working with youth 5-18 years of age in various transitions in their lives. Over the last two years, Anthony's focus has been to support students in the DCPS school system and help impact and shape the development of inner-city youth. He started as an After School Instructor with Kid Power and was promoted to an AmeriCorp Site Coordinator. Anthony is really looking forward to student/teacher engagement and discovering ways to leave an impact. #Welcome #NewStaffSpotlight #NewStaffSpotlight #KidPowerDC #KPChampion ...

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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.