“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
“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 Connect is introducing a new series: The Voices of our Students Through Poetry. We are ecstatic to showcase the work of our students. Even though COVID-19 hindered our ability to meet in person, our students have wowed us with their poetry.

https://youtu.be/aW2INWW67dg

Ms. Ayla shows us how to make fresh bagels at home! More delicious recipes on the Kid PowerDC YouTube channel!
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEZYhRmQHzhGnfVZKW3S4pc82TNhjqJB3&fbclid=IwAR1OtLnX6lgPGMMbLBoGyNZX2TpZibsExjIPmu_RBMv9glEA3yEJqSmad2o

In recognition of Mental Health Month, now more than ever, it is important to take care of your mental health. International Center for Research on Women & Women Strong International put together a list of resources that can be utilized during these challenging times.
#Wellness

Congrats to Mentors, Inc. @ Kid Power student, Temitayo for taking home 2nd place for an individual documentary in the Virtual DC National History Day Competition. His documentary on Katherine Johnson will represent DC at the National History Day next month. We’re so proud!

Farmer Al shows how to make pasta dough from flour, eggs, olive oil, and salt, and then demonstrates how to shape it into spaghetti, fettuccini, and cavatelli! For more VeggieTime at Home videos check out the Kid PowerDC YouTube channel! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEZYhRmQHzhGnfVZKW3S4pc82TNhjqJB3&fbclid=IwAR1OtLnX6lgPGMMbLBoGyNZX2TpZibsExjIPmu_RBMv9glEA3yEJqSmad2o

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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/ ...

Kid Power Connect is now introducing a new series: The Voices of our Students Through Poetry. We are ecstatic to showcase the work of our students. Even though COVID-19 hindered our ability to meet in person, our students have wowed us with their poetry. ...

Looking for a summer internship? Kid Power is hiring a Summer Program Intern.
https://bit.ly/2Y2pDpB
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Kid Power honors our fallen heroes for their service and sacrifice. ...

Want to support #KidPowerDC and the environment? Go to the Giant Food located at 4303 Connecticut Avenue, Washington DC and purchase the $2.50 Community Bag. We will receive a $1 donation for every bag sold in May.
#GiveBack #CommunityPartners
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In recognition of Mental Health Month, now more than ever, it is important to take care of your mental health. International Center for Research on Women and WomenStrong International put together a diverse set of resources that can be utilized during these challenging times.
#MentalHealthMonth #Wellness #KidPowerDC #SupportingOurCommunity
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Congratulations to Mentors, Inc. @ Kid Power student, Temitayo for taking home second place for an individual documentary in the Virtual DC National History Day Competition. Temitayo’s documentary on Katherine Johnson will represent DC at the @nhdcontest competition next month. We’re so proud of all your hard work!
Our students are thriving as they wrap up their school year! Leave a comment to share what you are celebrating this week! #mentoringmatters #celebrate
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Kid Power is looking for After-school Program Instructors for the 2020-2021 school year! Click on the link to learn more! https://bit.ly/3bweAJb ...

These last few months, we as a country have been uplifting the brave heroes on the frontline of this crisis and the vital jobs they are doing. We would also like to recognize our students who are essential workers navigating their schoolwork and ever-changing landscape of college admissions.
We want to spotlight two of our current seniors, essential workers, who are going to work serving the community daily. Kameya and Bryana, continue to work hard, manage multiple commitments, and save money for college during these challenging times. We're so proud of these young leaders and ALL of the essential workers in the Kid Power family and in our community. #EssentialWorkers #YoungLeaders
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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.
Tell DC Council to hold, Out of School Time Program, funding stable at $13,856,000 in FY21. 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. #SaveDCAfterschool Visit https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/support-our-kids-save-afterschool/
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#KidPowerDC is offering E-Tutoring for any DC youth that wants the extra help! We are pairing authorized volunteers with students to assist them with academics, reading, literacy, math, and science. Tutoring schedules will be based on the parents' needs for the student. To learn more about our free tutoring, contact Shana Townes at [email protected] #DCPSatHome #SupporingDCYouth ...

Thank you to each donor who helped us mobilize our community by supporting the Kid Power Relief Fund. Because of you, we were able to raise $13,592.50 in online donations and we are so grateful knowing that our work would not be possible without supporters like you. During these unprecedented times it is more important now to ensure that DC youth have the tools, opportunities, and support they need to keep learning and be healthy. Your support is essential and very much appreciated! #Grateful #KidPowerDC #SupportingOurCommunity #CovidCantStopGood ...

Kid Power is hiring! To learn more about the AmeriCorps Volunteer Coordinator position click on the link! https://bit.ly/2WH7CdZ ...

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! Our innovative Instructors are helping our students feel a sense of belonging and safety; in addition to the necessary academic tools to continue to engage classmates and instruction. Ms. Ashley, at Stanton Elementary, used her expertise with computers to help set up laptops for our students. Mr. Tariq, at Lasalle-Backus EC DCPS, went the extra-mile to translate in Spanish with parents for KP Connect. It also warms our hearts when our Instructors coordinate with local restaurants to provide our families with healthy food options.

THANK YOU to all of the teachers that have extended their classrooms from their living rooms to their backyards; THANK YOU to those who've conducted virtual classes with students singing, dancing around, or with a blank screen; and, THANK YOU to all the teachers that continue to show up even when they have a family and needs of their own. You are truly appreciated and we could not do this without you! #TeacherAppreciation
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What is a leader? A leader can be the captain of the team or class president. A leader can also be someone who stands up for their peers, cooks for their family or starts a new club at their school. There are so many ways to be a leader and @possefoundation wants to celebrate each and every one of them! The Posse Scholarship is a full tuition leadership scholarship and we can’t wait to nominate our rising seniors!

Join Kid Power for a virtual Posse Scholarship information session on Thursday, June 5th to learn more! We strongly encouraged sophomores and juniors to attend along with parents and mentors. #mentoringmatters #possedc #collegeexploration
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Because of you, yesterday during the global giving day, we raised $9,082 to support the Kid Power Relief Fund. We are extremely grateful and overwhelmed by your support. As many of you understand, this year we have a greater need for our students and families, therefore, we have decided to extend our campaign until May 9th to reach our goal of raising $10,000.

If everyone donated $25 or asked family or friends to match their gift, we would more than reach our goal! TOGETHER, we will get through this! TOGETHER, we will make our community stronger!
https://kpdcrelief.funraise.org/
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We've passed the halfway mark with $6,505. You guys ROCK!! We are so close to our goal of raising $10,000 to close the growing equity gap created by the COVID-19 crisis. Help us spread the word and support more than 1,000 DC students. Show your support for the Kid Power Relief Fund: https://kpdcrelief.funraise.org/

#CommunityChampions #StrongerThanCOVID #CommunityPartners #StudentLeaders
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Our Kid Power Relief Fund Campaign starts Today! Help us raise $10,000 to close the growing equity gap created by the COVID-19 crises.This campaign isn’t just about raising money, it’s about our community banding together during such a challenging time. Together, we will ensure that our students feel safe and supported, have healthy food options, and receive other necessary resources to engage academically! Your support will be the difference to more than 1,000 DC students. DONATE TODAY! https://kpdcrelief.funraise.org ...

Join us TOMORROW and help us raise $10,000 for our Kid Power Relief Fund to support DC youth. We cannot do this without you! Thanks to a generous donor, each gift will be matched dollar for dollar up to $2,000. Through your support we can ensure that local students have the tools to feel supported, to keep learning, and to be healthy. #GivingTuesdayNow Check out our donation page here: https://kpdcrelief.funraise.org/ ...

On May 5th, Kid Power will be participating in the giving movement to support our students and families. Together we can ensure that DC youth have the vital resources they need to keep learning and feel safe and supported during these unprecedented times. Join us this week and help us raise $10,000 in support of our Kid Power Relief Fund to support DC youth. Our donation page is here: https://kpdcrelief.funraise.org/ ...

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.