“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

Meet another of our impressive and enthusiastic chefs for Taste of the Garden, held on April 25th. Chef Kaimana Chee (@kaimana77) is the owner of Chef Kaimana, LLC, and the Executive Chef of Uncle’s Hawaiian Grindz, @eatatuncles, a modern Hawaiian restaurant located in Fallston, MD. Over the last decade, Chef Kaimana has traveled to over 40 countries as a chef/brand ambassador for several companies including Grounded Foods, EAT Just, Blue California Ingredients, and GOOD Meat. A native Hawaiian, Kaimana blends his multi-ethnic upbringing with his passion for food. A published author of “Tots on Flavor”, a culinary award winner, and a guest chef appearing on @foodnetwork, and @masterchefonfox, Kaimana adds a refreshing and exciting spin to the culinary experience.

#WashingtonDCEvents #TasteoftheGarden #DCCommunity #DCEvents #KidPowerDC #DCNonprofits #aloha #Hawaiian #MasterChef💐🥙💛

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It's time to meet our chefs and special guests for the 11th Annual Taste of the Garden! Hailing from Yonkers, NY, Joel Thomas, also known as Chef Jojo / @llcoolchef, has been a culinary sensation in the Capital Region since 2012. His work with KitchenCray and Martha's Table has left an indelible mark, and his legacy speaks volumes. With his unique approach, 'The Chef Jojo Experience,' he creates unforgettable private dinner parties, dynamic cooking classes, and captivating demonstrations.

Join us on April 25th and check out Chef Jojo in action through his dedication to inspiring and uplifting our community, serving as a beacon of positivity and mentorship. 🍽️🔥 🌟
Event tickets are on sale, and the Silent Auction is Live!! LINK IN BIO

#ChefJojo #CommunityInspiration #KidPowerDC #TheChefJojoExperience #llcoolchef #privatechef #personalchef #DCyouth #entrepreneur #foodnet #TasteOfTheGardenwork

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In conclusion of Women’s History Month, we highlight youth poet laureate @amandascgorman. Amanda is the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history, as well as an award-winning writer and cum laude graduate of harvard, where she studied Sociology. In 2017, she was appointed the first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate by @urbanwordnyc. She performed her original poetry at the inauguration of President Joe Biden and has performed multiple commissioned poems for @cbsmornings, @librarycongress, and @lincolncenter, among other accomplishments. #WomensHistoryMonth #internationalwomensday #WomensDay2024 #KidPowerDC #youthpoetlaureate 🌸 ...

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Get ready to win exclusive Kid Power Swag and stay closely connected with our vibrant community! Entering is easy – simply follow our TikTok page to qualify. Winners will be announced later this month.

By following us on TikTok, you'll stay informed about our latest programming and have the opportunity to reminisce about cherished Kid Power memories, both old and new. Don't miss out on this chance to win...use the link in our bio and follow us today!

#WashingtonDC #TikTok #DCNonprofits #KidPowerDC 📲💛

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EARLY BIRD TICKETS ARE ON SALE! Step into a world of culinary delight and community inspiration on April 25th at our 11th Annual Taste of the Garden. This year's event promises an array of exciting activities, including live cooking demos featuring Kid Power students alongside renowned chefs and special guests and the presentation of our Community Hero Award and our 2024 Excellence in Leadership Award to Shawn Yancy, @yancyworld! Early Bird tickets are on sale until March 31st. Press the link in our bio to get your tickets today! #TasteoftheGarden #WashingtonDCEvents #DCPublicSchools #WashingtonDC #KidPowerDC #WashingtonDCNonprofits @friendsmeetingofwashington 🌸🌱


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Calling all OSSE DOT Families: Monthly Parent Stipend Program Application due March 15! 🚨

The DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education, @osse.dc, is launching a new program to provide a monthly payment to eligible parents or guardians that choose to opt out of OSSE-DOT provided vehicle or bus and self-transport their student to and from school. This also includes drop off and pick up for special services the student receives that are related to their education. Eligible families who are approved to participate in the program will receive $400 per month to support self-transportation of students. For info & to apply:

# #OSSE #ParentSupport #DCParents #SpecialServices #ParentResources #ParentStipendProgram

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Kid Power is thrilled to have our High Impact Tutoring program featured in an article by @the_74. This article showcases the significance of High Impact Tutoring, as well as the real-world impact it has on students on both a personal and educational level. Click the link in our bio to read more about our High Impact Tutoring’s continued success in impacting educational outcomes and the community. #DCPublicSchools #WashingtonDCNonprofits #KidPowerDC🎥📚 ♥️ ...

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We seek motivated team players who align with our core values and are dedicated to helping our youth develop and bring lasting change to their lives and communities.
Work with us! Learn more about this position using the link in our bio.

💫AmeriCorps Program Coordinator

#Hiring #KidPower #YouthEducation #WashingtonDC

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Protégé Warren and mentor Chris first matched in 2018. Connecting over shared passions such as watching NBA games, movies, music, and traveling, they’ve built a strong foundation for their connection. As Warren transitioned from high school to working in DC, the pair kept in contact and continued to check out local lunch spots and movies. In the future, the two plan to travel and explore new destinations together. #MentorImpact #KidPowerDC 💫 ...

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Ben Picciano joined Kid Power’s Advisory Board in 2022. He shares his favorite memories with Kid Power: “One of the most rewarding experiences of my involvement with Kid Power has been participating in the annual Taste of the Garden event and witnessing the community come together to support our mission. This special occasion not only celebrates Kid Power’s continued growth and success but also serves as a moment to acknowledge those silently working to better our community and uplift DC youth. Hearing directly from Kid Power alumni and students during the event is incredibly heartening and is a reminder of the importance of our work.” #LoveMonth #CommunitySpotlight #KidPowerDC ♥️ ...

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Kid Power’s most recent Family Engagement Night was a success!! Led by Instructional Coach Brittany and Program Manager, Erin, students connected to explore a range of activities, including promoting healthy eating habits through a make-your-own yogurt station, discussing conflict resolution during “KP Circles”, and exploring their interests through a “When I Grow up, I want to be…” exercise. Our next Family Engagement nights will be held at @stanton_dcps @jowilsoncardinals @garrisonelementaryschool.

#YouthEngagement #WashingtonDC #KidPowerDC #YouthEducation 🍎📚♥️

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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.