“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 to @Crowell_Moring for the $7K award and your commitment to giving a voice to children, the homeless, immigrants, individuals seeking justice in the criminal system, & victims of domestic violence. Thank you for being the difference! #CommunityPartners

Thank you Compass! Kid Power received an award from Compass to conduct a pro bono Technology Project. Special thanks to the team led by Sarah Zolad and Chris Inzerillo, and work of Nick C., Wes C., Nai L., Bridget M., Ben N., Raj P., and Mack R. YOU ROCK! #PowerofPartnerships

KP launched a refreshed website that provides a better online presence that showcase who we and the resources we provide to our thriving community. The first 50 to send us a message on our Contact Us page, receive a "SMILE, Can't Stop KP" face mask!
https://www.kidpowerdc.org/

Thank you @EcoCatersDC and the talented pastry Chef Boyd of @sweettreatsdmv for supporting our 2020 Seniors! Chef Boyd created custom cakes for each senior. We are so thankful that our community was able to come together to celebrate this joyous occasion.

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
We absolutely love seeing our students smiling faces this summer! #KidPowerDC
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Happy Independence Day from #KidPowerDC! Wishing everyone a safe and fun Fourth of July! ...

PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
We are still celebrating our Mentors Inc @ Kid Power class of 2020 seniors and all their accomplishments. Kassandra we are so proud of you! Thank you again to @sweettreatsdmv for the beautiful cakes!
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We are excited to announce that #KidPowerDC was awarded a $7,000 grant from the Crowell & Moring LLP. Thank you for your commitment to giving a voice to those who might not otherwise be heard: the homeless, children, immigrants, individuals seeking justice in the criminal system, victims of domestic violence, and furthering the educational efforts for at-risk or low-income youth. You allow us to continue our essential work with local youth. #CommunityPartners #MakingADifference ...

While this summer remains uncertain, #KidPowerDC will continue to share a list of resources for our students and families. #KidPowerCares #StrongerTogether ...

PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
#KidPowerDC student, Jonathan, received all his supplies and is ready for Kid Power Explorers this summer!
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Virtual PowerUp! is returning for the summer! join us for games, fun workshops with Microsoft, and the opportunity to learn about different careers. We will hold our workshops every Thursday in July, beginning on the 2nd. If you are interested, please take our survey so we can invite you to all the exciting activities we have planned this summer!
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScdtDycSxMc3Ac-WWmiBhGji5cQfjLXjKhaIEA22SPPxmp-VA/viewform
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Thank you Compass! This year, Kid Power received an award from Compass to conduct a pro bono Technology Project. Special thanks to our Compass team led by Project Leader, Sarah Zolad and Deputy Project Leader, Chris Inzerillo, and the fantastic team of Nick Courtney, Wes Chou, Nai Le, Bridget McGinn, Ben Neese, Raj Patil, and Mack Renard. Because of the work of this Compass team, Kid Power has been able to streamline our technology and be more efficient in our day-to-day operations. #PowerofPartnerships #CommunityPartners ...

#KidPowerDC has a new look! We have officially launched our new website! The new site provides a better online presence that showcases who we are as an organization and the resources we provide to our thriving community. The first 50 guests that send us a message on our Contact Us page will receive our "SMILE, Can't Stop KP" face mask! Check it out!
https://www.kidpowerdc.org/
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Wishing all our incredible #KidPowerDC dad's a Happy Father's Day! ...

Today #KidPowerDC partnered with Deloitte for their Impact Every Day series. Thank you Deloitte! We learned so much from your Virtual Professional Development Workshop. #CommunityPartners ...

Today we recognize Juneteenth! This day is also referred to as Freedom Day or Emancipation Proclamation Day commemorates the end of slavery. History shows us that, slavery did not officially end until the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution on December 6, 1865, which abolished slavery entirely in all of the U.S. states and territories. Today we Reflect, Honor, and Celebrate!
#Juneteenth #OurHistory #FightForFreedoms #BeTheDifference #KidPowerDC
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We want to send out a huge thank you to the @usbotanicgarden for having our students participate in the "Hands On Plant Science" program. HOPS is a six-week program that enables DC youth to immerse themselves in the natural world. This year HOPS has transitioned to a virtual (but still hands -on) program. The USBG delivered HOPS backpacks to each student participating which included a microscope, journal, watercolors, and more! Our students are loving their backpacks! ...

In light of the current environment we want to highlight the powerful voices of our students. Kid Power Connect Student, Machi B., wrote a poem entitled Bang Bang. Uplifting the voice of our youth. Thank you Machi!
#BlackLivesMatter #KidPowerDc #YouthLeaders
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@councilofdc: #Afterschool is linked to increased engagement in class, socio-emotional skills, and self-esteem--all factors that drive improved academic performance. #SaveDCAfterschool, help make up for lost instructional time and learning loss due to #COVID19 ...

Take 2 minutes and tell the DC Council why you support After-School Programming; and that you expect to see full funding for these life-saving programs next year. Tell DC Council to hold, Out of School Time Program, funding stable at $13,856,000 in FY21.

Youth need your help making sure they have the support they need to recover from this unprecedented time through ongoing access to high-quality youth development programs before and after school and during the summer months. #SaveDCAfterschool Visit https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/support-our-kids-save-afterschool/
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#blackouttuesday #VOTE

TODAY is Election Day! Now more than ever, voting is both a literally & figuratively essential activity. Visit https://bit.ly/3cw4jgy for the 20 polling places open, including addresses, wait times, and vote counts. Updates announced:

1.) Per @councilofdc it’s officially *OK* to be out after today’s 7PM curfew *IF* you are voting. Polls close at 8PM, & anyone still in line at 8PM will be allowed to vote.

2.) Absentee ballots must be postmarked by today & received by 6/9, to count; or drop it off today at a vote center. Want to check when your ballot was sent to you, or received back from you, by, @vote4dc? Check online at https://dcboe.org/Vot…/Absentee-Voting/Track-Absentee-Ballot or call 202-741-5283.

3.) Remember: if you requested your absentee ballot but did not receive it yet or if sent your ballot in & the DCBOE site does not yet show it as received, you’re still able to cast a provisional ballot in person at one of the 20 vote centers.
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Tune in TONIGHT at 6PM for The Under 3 DC Virtual Education Town Hall. Join Chairman Phil Mendelson to discuss budget priorities for early childhood programs and out of school time! #ChildCareisEssential RSVP here: https://www.under3dc.org/events/ ...

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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.