“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

After graduating from St. John's University Maya decided to follow her passion for food education and working with kids! We are excited that Maya has joined the #KidPowerDC team as a FoodCorps member. #Welcome #NewStaffSpotlight #KPChampion

Virtual classes are not boring at #KidPowerDC! Students can participate in enrichments every other Friday: Art, Cinema, Coding, Creative Writing, Gaming, (LIT)erature Club, Music, Personal Happiness and Physical Health & Dance. We cannot wait to see what our students accomplish!

Kiana is #KidPowerDC new AmeriCorps Volunteer Coordinator! A recent graduate from Wellesley College, Kiana's passion for community-based service grew while working in the Civic Engagement office. For #Volunteer opportunities email Kiana at [email protected] #Welcome

At #KidPowerDC 8th Annual Taste of the Garden, we heard impactful stories from many amazing members of the Kid Power Family. Nick Bair a community mentor from our Mentors, Inc. @ Kid Power program, shared some of his favorite memories from being a mentor! #MissionMoment #Mentor

There is still time to enroll in our free After-School programs, available 5 days a week! As a result of COVID-19, Kid Power transformed its programs into a new virtual platform. To enroll in Kid Power's After School Programs: http://bit.ly/KPCEnroll #KidPowerConnect

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Having lived in Brooklyn, NY for the past 3 years, Maya is very excited to be back in the Washington Metro Area where she was born and raised. Maya studied Business Marketing at St. John’s University and shortly after graduating discovered her passion for food, cooking, and gardening. Since then Maya has decided to switch paths and follow her passion for food education and working with kids! We are excited that Maya has joined the Kid Power team as a FoodCorps member. #Welcome #NewStaffSpotlight #NewStaffSpotlight #KidPowerDC #KPChampion ...

Virtual classes are not boring at Kid Power! Students will have the option of participating in the following Instructor-led enrichment sessions for 70 minutes every other Friday. We are so excited to see what our students will accomplish! Enrichment sessions include the following: Art, Cinema (Movies), Coding, Creative Writing, Gaming, (LIT)erature Club, Music, Personal Happiness and Physical Health & Dance. #KidPowerDC ...

Kid Power is ecstatic to introduce the new members of our Kid Power family! Meet Kiana! After living in nine states, Kiana is excited to be back in the Washington Metro Area as an AmeriCorps Volunteer Coordinator for Kid Power. A recent graduate from Wellesley College, Kiana's passion for community-based service grew while working in the Civic Engagement office. Receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Political Science, Kiana has a sharp focus on criminal justice reform. To learn about volunteer opportunities at Kid Power, contact Kiana at [email protected] #NewStaffSpotlight #KidPowerDC #Volunteer #KPChampion #Welcome ...

Are you passionate about inspiring and working with local youth? Join the Kid Power team! To learn more about the After-school Program Instructor (for 2020-2021 school year): https://indeedhi.re/37h4M6v ...

Kid Power Connect is back and there is still time to enroll in our free After-School programs, available 5 days a week! As a result of COVID-19, Kid Power transformed its programs into a new virtual platform. Using both Google Classrooms and delivered supplies and materials, the program focuses on group and individual school-work help, community building, self-expression, STEM, advocacy and service, and gardening/cooking. To enroll in Kid Power's After School Programs: http://bit.ly/KPCEnroll
#KidPowerConnect #VirtualLearning
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We cannot say THANK YOU enough! To all of our supporters, sponsors, and new friends, thank you for joining us virtually for our 8th Annual Taste of the Garden. Last night we raised a total of $13,013 to ensure that our programs remain strong and thriving for the students who are getting increasingly disconnected, experiencing trauma and instability during these uncertain times.

Although the event is over, there is still time to join us in strengthening the voice of our local children so that they can too reach beyond their communities and build a strong Washington, DC.
Donate: https://www.kidpowerdc.org/donate

#StrongerTogether #KidPowerDC #CantStopGood
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#KidPowerDC is thrilled to announce that we will be presenting our 2020 Community Hero Award to Joanne Odom, social worker, advocate, solution seeker, and program administrator in the
Division of Community Pediatrics at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital. Joanne embodies the idea that no system works unless it serves ALL families and her work is rooted in compassion, authenticity, and equity.

Join us as we honor one of our hidden heroes, Joanne Odom, at our virtual 8th Annual Taste of the Garden this Thursday!

Get your ticket, register for the event, and check out our auction items that are now available for bids. https://bit.ly/TOGTix

#CommunityLeader #CommunityAdvocate #TOG2020
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Time is running out to order your VIP meal for our virtual Taste of the Garden event. You will get a delicious 3-course meal with wine pairing for 2, delivered to ticket holders in the Washington Metropolitan area.

All ticket holders will enjoy our virtual event showcasing the important work of Kid Power, our families, instructors, and leaders in the community that go beyond the call of duty. We are proud to recognize Community Champions,
@CapitalAreaFoodBank with our Excellence in Leadership Award; and Joanne Odom,
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital with our Community Hero Award.

Get your tickets today AND check out our silent auction and raffle items. https://bit.ly/TOGTix

@ecocatersdc
#TasteOfTheGarden #KidPowerChampions #TOG2020 #CantStopKP #Foodie #DCYouth #YoungLeaders #communitychampions💪
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Have you seen our raffles supporting the Taste of the Garden? Enjoy a day at the ballpark watching DC's own 2019 World Series Champions Washington Nationals in the 2021 season. The winner will receive 2 tickets to a 2021 game with seats behind the third base dugout. The prize also includes a parking pass. Get your raffle tickets today, 1 for $20 or 3 for $50! http://bit.ly/TOGRaffle

#TOG2020 #CommunityChampions #InspiringLeaders #KidPowerDC
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Have you seen our raffles supporting the Taste of the Garden?
Enjoy a day at the ballpark watching DC's own 2019 World Series Champions Washington Nationals for the 2021 season. The winner will receive 2 tickets to a 2021 game with seats behind the third base dugout. The prize also includes a parking pass. Get your raffle tickets today, 1 for $20 or 3 for $50! http://bit.ly/TOGRaffle

#TOG2020 #CommunityChampions #InspiringLeaders #KidPowerDC
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I think we all could use some inner peace! Check out our raffle item for the Taste of the Garden from @yogaheights. Yoga and Wellness for Every Body and Every Level! They have you covered where classes are accessible to anyone...anywhere. Enjoy this 5-class package for safe, socially distant in-person classes or participate in a virtual class. Get your raffle tickets today, 1 for $5 or 3 for $10! http://bit.ly/TOGRaffle

#TOG2020 #HealthandWellness #CommunityPartners #kidpowerdc
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Ms. Brittany and the rest of our enthusiastic #KidPowerDC staff members are getting ready for our virtual, interactive, and inspiring event... The 8th Annual Taste of the Garden. So get your friends and family together to have a Kid Power Watch Party with us on October 8th!

All proceeds from this event will directly impact the students we serve through our innovative and hands-on programs. Due to the pandemic and the increased equity gap, our role in the academic achievement and social-emotional well-being of local youth is more important than ever.

Get your tickets today AND check out our silent auction and raffle items.
https://bit.ly/TOGTix

#TasteOfTheGarden #KidPowerChampions #CantStopKP #Foodie #DCYouth #YoungLeaders #communitychampions
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Want to support a student as they start back to school virtually? Join #KidPowerDC, Maryland MENTOR, and 50 other mentoring programs from around DC and Maryland in the #500virtualmentors challenge and sign up to be a mentor today! Click the link to apply! Easy Peasy! Can you say #challengeaccepted? Link to Application here: bit.ly/500virtualmentors #500virtualmentors ...

Who said virtual events had to be boring? Not Us! Join us for our 8th Annual Taste of the Garden fundraiser on October 8, 2020. We will spotlight the important work of #KidPowerDC, our families, instructors, and community leaders with impact stories, and of course preparing a delicious 3-course meal with our cooking demonstrations!
Get your ticket today! https://bit.ly/TOGTix

#TasteOfTheGarden #8thTOG #VeggieTime #VirtualTOG @ecocatersdc @mysuperfd
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Are you ready for our 8th Annual Taste of the Garden? This virtual event will include inspiring stories, a great raffle and silent auction, and... a delicious 3-course meal that we deliver!

Join Us October 8th, as we present the Excellence in Leadership Award to Capital Area Food Bank and the Community Hero Award to Joanne Odom.

Get your Early Bird Tickets Today with your meal kit and get ready for a good time!

Link in bio! #KidPowerDC #TasteOfTheGarden #8thTOG #VeggieTime #VirtualTOG

@ecocatersdc @mysuperfd @chefrobertwood @capitalareafoodbank @medstarhealth
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Today is National Voter Registration Day! To check your Voter Registration Status or Register to Vote visit: https://nationalvoterregistrationday.org/ #NationalVoterRegistrationDay #VoteReady ...

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Happy Friday! Hope everyone has a relaxing weekend! #SelfCare
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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.