“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

What does the mentoring program mean to you? Temitayo, a Kid Power Alumni shares how he has been impacted by Kid Power’s programs.
Send us your favorite Kid Power memory or show your support for Kid Power and our 20th Anniversary. http://www.kidpowerdc.org/donate/
https://www.instagram.com/reel/ChVU_A5DhkF/?igshid=MDJmNzVkMjY=

We are ecstatic to welcome Brian Ohlhausen to our Board of Directors! Previously, Brian was a dedicated mentor with Kid Power's mentoring program and served on our Advisory Board. Currently, Brian is the Vice President at Columbia Capital, a venture capital firm in Alexandria.

We absolutely love when our alumni continue to stay engaged with Kid Power. This summer, Priscilla, an alumna of our mentoring program and a @RRUUC scholarship recipient is working with the mentoring team as a SYEP Youth Ambassador.

We would like to give a big thank you to the @DCJusticeLab for hosting our first in-person site visit in two years! If you’re interested in hosting a career site visit email [email protected] #KPChampion #CommunityPartner #StudentSuccess

Thank you to the Office of Out Of School Time (OST) for awarding Kid Power a $10,000 Capacity Building grant! The Capacity Building grant will support our strategic planning as we best analyze stakeholder needs and ideas to drive us forward in a post-pandemic environment.

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What does the mentoring program mean to you? Temitayo, a Kid Power Alumni shares how he has been impacted by Kid Power’s programs.
Send us your video of your favorite Kid Power memory or show your support for Kid Power and our 20th Anniversary as we continue the vision that our young people can become agents of change in their communities. https://www.kidpowerdc.org/donate/
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We are ecstatic to welcome Brian Ohlhausen to our Board of Directors! Previously, Brian was a dedicated mentor with Kid Power's mentoring program and served on Kid Power’s Advisory Board. Currently, Brian is the Vice President at Columbia Capital, a venture capital firm based in Alexandria, who is passionate about supporting the interest of youth in STEM fields. #NewBoardMember #KPChampion #CommunityPartner #YouthAdvocate ...

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We absolutely love when our alumni continue to stay engaged with Kid Power. This summer, Priscilla Barrera, an alumna of our mentoring program and a River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation scholarship recipient is working with the mentoring team as a SYEP Youth Ambassador. Priscilla is a rising senior at the @univofmaryland studying Art Education. #MentorshipMatters #StudentSuccess #Mentoring #GivingBack #YouthVoice ...

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Thank you to the Office of Out Of School Time (OST) for awarding Kid Power a $10,000 Capacity Building grant! The Capacity Building grant will support our strategic planning as we best analyze stakeholder needs and ideas to drive us forward in a post-pandemic environment. This project will allow us to utilize our resources most effectively to increase our impact for youth in the District. #Grateful #CommunityPartner #DCYouth ...

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Join us as we welcome Tanya Morant, a Managing Director of Technology & Applications at @mltorg, a nonprofit focused on closing the racial equity gap for Black, Hispanic, and Native American individuals. Tanya joins the Kid Power Board with over 15 years of experience providing technology strategy and solutions for nonprofits and children-focused organizations. #NewBoardMember #KPChampion #CommunityPartner #YouthAdvocate ...

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Today we are beyond thrilled to introduce our new Board Member Kathleen Booker. Kathleen is an audit
supervisor at Councilor, Buchanan & Mitchell, with years of technical accounting experience to provide assurance and tax services to her clients in the nonprofit sector. She joins the Kid Power Board of Directors with a desire to equip younger generations with the tools and resources necessary to shape their futures, particularly regarding financial literacy. #NewBoardMember #KPChampion #CommunityPartner
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This year we have so much to celebrate, in addition to this being Kid Power’s 20th Anniversary, it is also the 10th Anniversary of Kid Power’s annual fundraiser, the Taste of the Garden! This highly attended event raises funds to help us sustain our essential programs and meet the daily needs of our students. During the event, we also celebrate a changemaker in our community. Nominate someone today to receive Kid Power’s 2022 Community Hero Award! Complete the short nomination form by September 2nd. Link in our bio or visit https://bit.ly/3aWRaS4 #CommunityHero #KPChampion ...

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We are excited to announce the appointment of six new members to the Kid Power Board of Directors. Join us as we welcome Flannery Berg! Flannery is a nonprofit management consultant with experience in finance, operations, fundraising, and communications. Since 2017, Flannery has worked for BDO FMA, a financial management consulting firm comprised of accounting and management professionals dedicated to helping nonprofit organizations achieve their missions. Flannery leads BDO FMA’s Washington, DC office and has deep experience in financial analysis, financial planning and forecasting, and fiscal infrastructure development. As part of our executive board, Flannery will carry out the vision of our co-founders and our continued mission to inspire, engage, and serve our DC communities. #NewBoardMember #KPChampion #CommunityPartner ...

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This summer we are thrilled to welcome our creative and energetic interns to the Kid Power family! Joining our Development team are Jake Chilcott and Dora Nunez! Jake is a rising senior studying Political Science and Public Science at the @ucriversideofficial.

Dora is a rising junior at @americanuniversity majoring in American Studies and doubling minoring in Latinx Studies, and Spanish Language and Area Studies. If you have marketing, social media, or researching experience join us this fall as an intern or volunteer, email [email protected]#KPChampion #StudentSuccess #Volunteer #Intern
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We are ecstatic to celebrate Richard Ford as our staff of the month! Board Member Jennifer Speight, expressed, "His engagement with his students is spot on and they receive him very well. Even through the challenges, Mr. Richard takes it in stride and always with a smile on his face." Assistant Program Director, Erin White, stated, “Richard is constantly willing to grow and learn with his students. Thank you Richard for being a champion for our youth.” #KPChampion #BestStaff #YouthAdvocate ...

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VOICES OF KID POWER: What does Kid Power mean? Board Member Jeri Mulrow shares why she believes in Kid Power and her wishes for Kid Power in the next 20 years.

Send us your video of your favorite Kid Power memory or show your support for Kid Power and our 20th Anniversary. https://www.kidpowerdc.org/donate/
#20thAnniversary #KPDC #KidPowerDC #BeTheDifference
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Are you looking to get more involved within the D.C. community? Mentors, Inc. @ Kid Power is looking for new mentors to join our youth and lead our 1:1 community-based mentoring program! Mentors partner with a high school student for a 1+ year mentoring relationship to collaborate on their personal, professional, and academic goals! If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please submit a mentor application with the link in our bio or https://tinyurl.com/55mux4eh ...

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Kid Power is looking for additional Advisory Board members! If you are interested in acting as a voice in the community to help steward Kid Power programs and resources; connect Kid Power to new opportunities and potential partnerships; support Kid Power’s growth through events and foster new activities and capacity-building projects; send a cover letter and resume to the Director of Development, Martina Arnold at [email protected] ...

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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.