“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

Kid Power honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr for his life work and commitment to equality and justice. As MLK day is a day of community and service, we invite our community members to act in the spirit of Dr. King and do something positive for their friends, family, and community.

The work we do through our mentoring program, would not be possible without the assistance of partners like @CoStarGroup. Since 2015, CoStar has hosted career sites for our youth, recruited mentors, and donated annually to our programming.

Kid Power is hiring! To learn more about the After-school Instructor position visit: http://kidpowerdc.org/careers/
#Hiring #Nonprofit #AmeriCorps #JobOpportunity #KidPowerDC #WorkingWithYouth

At Kid Power, we want our young people to take ownership of their dreams and goals. We take a strengths-based approach to all of our programs, which is why we use the term protégé vs. mentee for our youth to understand they have power, agency, and responsibility.

It's I Am A Mentor Day! Hear why our mentors became a mentor with #KidPowerDC. If you are interested in learning more about mentoring, join @MENTORnational today from 5:00-6:30 PM for its Virtual Mentor Recruitment Fair. https://tinyurl.com/ycy4k2bp #MentoringMonth #MentorsMatter

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In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, consider giving back to your community by becoming a mentor to a young person through our Mentors, Inc. @ Kid Power program. Sign up today here https://tinyurl.com/23799pf4 or through the link in our bio! @mentornmp #MentoringMonth #MentorsMatter #KidPowerDC #CommunityPartner #Mentoring #MentoringAmplifies ...

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Today, Kid Power honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr for his life work and commitment to equality and justice. As MLK day is a day of community and service, we invite our community members to act in the spirit of Dr. King and do something positive for their friends, family, and community.

#MLKDay #Service #Community #Youth #DC #KidPowerDC
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Check out this blog post about Emerson Fellow, Robbie Economou who was placed with Kid Power to conduct a community needs assessment. Garnering feedback on Kid Power's food-based education and food distribution program, Robbie has seen firsthand how Kid Power is serving its communities through the impact of COVID-19 and school closings. We are grateful for Robbie's commitment to our students and cannot wait to read his recommendations to Kid Power to further our growth and engagement with our DC community. https://hungercenter.org/blog/assessing-community-needs-food-and-gardening-school-programs-in-washington-d-c/ #CommunityPartner #EmersonFellow #VeggieTime #KidPowerDC ...

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The work we do through our mentoring program, would not be possible without the assistance of partners like @costarcareers. Since 2015, CoStar has hosted career sites for our youth, recruited mentors, and donated annually to our programming. Find out how your company, community group, or organization can make a difference through partnering with Kid Power, and fill out our Lunch and Learn interest form: https://tinyurl.com/4v8fdhd5. #MentoringMonth #MentorsMatter #KidPowerDC #CommunityPartner #Mentoring #MentoringAmplifies ...

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Do you love collaborating with others and working with a team to meet organizational objectives, while simultaneously enjoying strategic thinking and taking the initiative to make things happen? Then we are looking for YOU! To learn more about the After-school Instructor position visit the link in our bio or: kidpowerdc.org/careers/
#Hiring #Nonprofit #AmeriCorps #JobOpportunity #KidPowerDC #WorkingWithYouth
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At Kid Power, we want our young people to take ownership of their dreams and goals. We take a strengths-based approach to all of our programs, which is why we use the term protégé vs. mentee as we move towards a model where our youth understand they have power, agency, and responsibility. We love hearing from our protégés about how their mentors have impacted them. Looking to make a difference? Commit to mentoring with Kid Power https://tinyurl.com/23799pf4 #MentoringMonth #MentorsMatter #KidPowerDC #CommunityPartner #Mentoring #MentoringAmplifies ...

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It's I Am A Mentor Day! Check out our mentors and hear why they became a mentor with Kid Power. If you are interested in learning more about mentoring, join @mentornp today from 5:00-6:30 PM, for its Virtual Mentor Recruitment Fair. Register for the event here https://tinyurl.com/ycy4k2bp or in the link in our bio. #MentoringMonth #MentorsMatter #KidPowerDC #CommunityPartner #Mentoring #MentoringAmplifies ...

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Happy National Mentoring Month! This month we will raise awareness about the power of mentor relationships and use the power of our collective voice to advance legislative priorities, and drive meaningful change for young people. There are many ways where you can get active this month! 1. Consider being a mentor with Kid Power! Sign up today: https://tinyurl.com/23799pf4 2. Join us Jan. 6th for the Virtual Mentor Recruitment Fair from 5-6:30pm. 3. Register for all of Mentor Maryland’s National Mentoring Month events: https://tinyurl.com/ycy4k2bp
#MentoringMonth #MentorsMatter #KidPowerDC #CommunityPartner #Mentoring #MentoringAmplifies
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Wishing everyone a happy and healthy New Year! We cannot wait to share all the exciting 2022 plans we have in store! #NewYear #BigNews #PastPresentFuture #Celebrations ...

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The William S. Abell Foundation awarded Kid Power a $20,000 grant to provide free fresh produce, food distribution, and nutrition education to students and families at Stanton Elementary School and Malcolm X Elementary School. We are so grateful to have supporters that care so deeply about our students and families! #KPChampion #CommunityPartners #DCYouth #StudentSuccess #Grateful ...

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THANK YOU! On Giving Tuesday, Kid Power kicked off its end-of-year giving campaign. We are so grateful for the generosity we have seen this giving season! Thanks to our donors, parents, mentors, and community advocates, because of you we raised $10,042.60! If you didn’t get a chance to give, you have until the end of the calendar year to show your support! https://gtwithkp.funraise.org/ #GiveThanks #SupportingYouth #GivingBack #KidPowerDC #SupportingYoungLeaders #BeTheDifference ...

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Happy Holidays from your Kid Power family! Wishing you a holiday season filled with love, laughter, and joy. #HappyHolidays #Grateful ...

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Thank you to St. Albans School's students and families for the generous donation this holiday season. Kid Power received approximately 90 toys to distribute to our students at Garrison Elementary. We are so blown away by the support and the leadership of DC youth who are supporting one another during these times! #KPChampion #CommunityPartners #DCYouth #StudentSuccess #Grateful ...

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We are proud to recognize one of our dedicated and dynamic Instructors, Marcus James this month. As an alumnus of Kid Power programs, Marcus' peers describe him as, "always willing to help his fellow co-workers in any way possible. We appreciate all he does for the team." It is amazing to see everything that Marcus has done throughout his time at Kid Power and we are grateful to have staff members like Marcus that continue to go above and beyond in supporting Kid Power students and our families! StaffOfTheMonth #BestStaff #KPChampions #DCYouth #StudentSuccess ...

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Kid Power is honored to receive a $30,000 grant from The Harman Family Foundation to help support our student’s social and emotional needs due to the challenges brought on by the pandemic. Thank you to the Harman Family Foundation for your continued support during this critical time. #KPChampion #CommunityPartners #DCYouth #StudentSuccess #Grateful ...

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Join us this week for our Produce Pop-Ups! All produce is FREE and all are welcome! Pop-Ups are Monday 12/20 from 3pm-5 pm at Malcolm X Elementary School and Tuesday from 1 pm-3 pm at Stanton Elementary School. Can't wait to see you there!
#FreshProduce #HealthyCommunities #KidPowerDC
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We are so grateful for InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) partnership and their continued support! In September, IHG chose Kid Power DC to be the beneficiary of their "Swim to Support" initiative, where their local employees made donations totaling $1,000. In October, they donated a dinner for two in support of our 9th Annual Taste of the Garden. IHG is now partnering with Kid Power to support our students at Malcolm X Elementary by donating holiday care packages to our students that include winter accessories, school supplies, gift cards, and toys. #KPChampion #CommunityPartners #DCYouth #StudentSuccess #Grateful ...

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Congratulations to Linda Elmore for winning our Unleash Your Kid Power Raffle gift card! Thank you to all those who donated so far! We are accepting donations until December 31! #GiveThanks #SupportingYouth #GivingBack #KidPowerDC #GivingTuesday #SupportingYoungLeaders #CantStopKP #BeTheDifference ...

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Kid Power hosted our annual holiday event for alumni, program participants, and their families. It was amazing to hear from our alumni and program participants about their future plans for college and traveling. For this event, Kid Power partnered with @bestkidsdc, a fellow mentoring organization that connects with youth in foster care to build healthy and successful futures through long-lasting mentoring relationships. This year the #KidPowerDC community collected toys for foster youth for the holidays. #KidPowerDC #KPChampions #StudentSuccess #AlumniParty #Partnerships #Support #DCYouth ...

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Get Involved

Donate

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.