“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

As we recognize World Child Health Day, we reflect on the progress we’ve made in the past 20 years. 86% of parents reported that because of Kid Power, their students understand the importance of making healthy food choices #PowerFULLKids

The Taste of the Garden is JUST 16 days away and we can’t wait for you to join us IN PERSON for an evening filled with an interactive walk down memory lane, demonstrations from renowned chefs, delicious hor’s d'oeuvres, plus so much more! Visit https://one.bidpal.net/tog2022 for tickets

VOICES OF KID POWER: Board Chair Member Gregory Henderson shares what he wants the community to know about Kid Power along with his favorite Kid Power moments! https://www.instagram.com/reel/CjJUxuDD24M/?igshid=MDJmNzVkMjY=

We applaud @CMCHenderson for introducing the bill to fix the clearance system keeping OST and DCPS staff and volunteers from serving our kids. Chief of Staff Mike Shaffer discussed that and other OST issues w/ @kidpowerdc, @jubileehousing, @HigherAchieve & @strings_dc

We’re excited that @HigherAchieve, @strings_dc, @kidpowerdc, @jubileehousing & Midtown Youth Academy met today with @CMCharlesAllen, who supports a roundtable to hold District agencies accountable for transparent, consistent funding & removing expensive red tape obstacles.

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VOICES OF KID POWER: Board Chair Member Gregory Henderson shares what he wants the community to know about Kid Power along with his favorite Kid Power moments!

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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Do you love collaborating with others and working with a team? Do you love working with young people? Then we are looking for YOU! To learn more about the After-school Instructor position visit the link in our bio or: https://www.indeed.com/cmp/Kid-Power,-Inc.-1/jobs
#Hiring #Nonprofit #JobOpportunity #KidPowerDC #WorkingWithYouth
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We are so excited to announce that Chef Tyenella Hall is our second featured Chef for our 10th Annual Taste of the Garden! Tyenella has been passionate about cooking since the age of 8 when she started cooking with her Nana. After high school, Tyenella joined the Army. It wasn’t until her Nana died and she finished her tours that Tyenella went to work in the kitchen. Chef Tyenella expressed “cooking saved my life,” dealing with PTSD and the loss of her Nana, she used her Nana’s handwritten recipes as a form of healing. Chef Tyenella is known for her delicious comfort foods that are designed to take you on a trip around the world.

Enjoy Chef Tyenella’s food in person on October 19th! Get your tickets in our bio today and enjoy this inspiring event! Tickets include access to the cooking competition, open bar, heavy appetizers, and silent auction. #TasteOfTheGarden #10thTOG #20thAnniversary
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Food Network’s Chopped contestant Chef Elyssa Kaplan will be one of our featured Chefs at the 10th Annual Taste of the Garden! As the Director of Culinary at the World Central Kitchen @wckitchen, Elyssa is known for her decade of culinary experience in restaurants and bakeries beginning with a Cuisine Diploma from the Le Cordon Bleu in Paris @lecordonbleuparis. Elyssa, @elyssa.rose was the private chef for New England Patriots Wide-Receiver, Julian Edelman @edelman11, and has experience working under the tutelage of Chefs Yannick Alleno @yannickalleno, Alain Ducasse @alainducasse, Tony Maws, Ken Oringer @kenoringer, and Jamie Bissonette @jamiebiss

Since joining World Central Kitchen’s Relief Team in 2019 after Hurricane Dorian, Elyssa found a sense of purpose in hands-on food education. Experience Chef Elyssa’s food up close and join Kid Power for an evening of culinary delight! Get your tickets in our bio today! #TasteOfTheGarden #10thTOG #20thAnniversary
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PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
It is always great seeing our Kid Power family out and about!
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Want to learn more about our one-to-one community-based mentoring program? Sign up for a Family Information Session and get the chance to ask questions, hear from current youth involved in the program, and meet our team. Youth must attend with a parent or guardian. The Family Information Sessions will be held virtually on Monday, September 26th at 6 pm, Monday, October 3rd at 6pm and Thursday, October 20th at 6pm. #MentoringMatters #FamilyInfoSession #DCYouth Sign up here: https://bit.ly/3xoxNJM ...

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We are so excited to announce our new Instructional Coach Brittany Wingfield! Brittany has served multiple roles at Kid Power and first began her journey in 2018 as an After-School Instructor. Brittany attended @radfordu where she obtained her Bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Education and History. Brittany is determined to ensure every team member feels confident and has an impactful classroom experience by supporting behavior management, classroom management, and helping implement fun and engaging activities for our youth to enjoy! #KPChampion #DCYouth #Youth Advocate ...

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We’re hiring! To learn more about our AmeriCorps Site Coordinator and Volunteer Coordinator positions visit https://indeedhi.re/3dlQUgE
#Hiring #Nonprofit #AmeriCorps #JobOpportunity #KidPowerDC #WorkingWithYouth
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Join us as we welcome Ben Picciano to our Advisory Board! Ben is an Account Executive at Keller Partners & Company, a government relations firm that serves public and private nonprofit organizations. He has conducted academic research projects focused on safety net policies, social welfare, and economic mobility and has studied evidence-based strategies for improving life and career outcomes for underserved youth. Ben joins the Kid Power Advisory Board with experience in grant writing, policy advocacy, and strategic development and shares a passion for supporting positive youth development through academic advancement and civic engagement.
#KPChampion #AdvisoryBoard #DCYouth #CommunityPartner #Grateful
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Get your EARLY BIRD TICKETS TODAY for Kid Power's 10th Annual Taste of the Garden! Celebrate with us on October 19th at the @districtarchcenter as we celebrate Kid Power’s 20th Anniversary and the 10th Anniversary of Executive Director @andriahollistobin. The evening will be filled with delicious food, interactive activities showcasing all of our Kid Power programs, a silent auction, and more! We will also present our 2022 Excellence in Leadership Award to @senchrismurphy for his commitment to public service. You won't want to miss this! Early Bird tickets are on sale now for $75 ($100 regular price) until 9/17 and silent auction items will be available for bidding starting tomorrow. Link in bio or visit https://one.bidpal.net/tog2022/!
#TasteOfTheGarden #10thTOG #20thAnniversary #SenChrisMurphy
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Kid Power is ecstatic to welcome Hanah Ayer, as our Mentors, Inc. @ Kid Power Program Manager! An Ohio native, Hannah attended @kentstate and graduated with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, concentrating in Counseling Careers. She is passionate about supporting youth through educational and mental health needs. Hannah’s background in special education, data analysis, and youth support will be valuable in her role as Program Manager for supporting mentoring matches and youth recruitment and intake.
#KPChampion #DCYouth #CommunityPartner #YouthAdvocate
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PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
Special shout out to all of our Kid Power Instructors! Their teamwork, dedication, and passion fuel our programs and we are so grateful for all their hard work! #BestStaff
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Are you ready for the celebration of the year? It's time for Kid Power's 10th Annual Taste of the Garden! This year will be bigger than ever as we celebrate the organization's 20th Anniversary and present the 2022 Excellence in Leadership Award to the U.S. Senator Chris Murphy. We will also celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Executive Director, Andria Tobin. Join us on October 19th, for an evening of interactive culinary exploration! Early Bird Tickets On Sale Now! http://one.bidpal.net/tog2022
#TasteOfTheGarden #10thTOG #20thAnniversary #SenChrisMurphy
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We are so excited to welcome Adam Levner to our Advisory Board! Adam is an innovative nonprofit leader and social entrepreneur with a strong track record of fighting effectively for educational and racial equity. He currently provides leadership coaching and consulting services to support new and emerging leaders and efforts to effect social justice. Previously, Adam co-founded and led @criticalexposure, a DC nonprofit that teaches youth how to use the power of photography and organizing to fight for educational equity. #AdvisoryBoard #DCYouth #KPChampion #CommunityPartner #YouthAdvocate #Equity ...

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Happy First Day of School! We are gearing up for a fantastic school year filled with lots of fun at Kid Power! #KidPowerDC #Youth #Education #DC #Community #DCPS ...

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Join us as we welcome the newest member of the Kid Power team, DeShantee “Nikki” Oliver, VeggieTime Director. Nikki is a DC native that has dedicated her life to becoming a professional horticulturist, specializing in Urban Agriculture and tropical plants. As a horticulturist at the Gaylord National Harbor, she combined a love of plants with her love of community organizing, arranging the resort's first Plants For Food clothing and food drive. While acting as a horticulturist at @hillwoodmuseum, Nikki became the first Horticulturist of color in the museum's history. At DCPS, she helped organize the community to resist the detrimental effects of food apartheids and food deserts. Directing efforts to community sustainability and horticulture as a life skill is her life's mission. We are thrilled to have Nikki advance our health and wellness efforts.
#KPChampion #CommunityPartner #VeggieTime #Horticulture #DCYouth #Advocate
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JOB ALERT: Are you looking to make a direct impact in the community and inspire DC youth? Visit our website or the link in our bio for more information about Kid Power’s After-School Instructor and Site Coordinator positions. We are so thrilled to have more people join our Kid Power family! #hiring #DCYouth ...

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Join us as we welcome Sara Wells to the Kid Power Board of Directors! Sara is a Career Readiness Assistant Director at the @uatshadygrove. She has over ten years of experience serving customers and youth through coaching, recruitment, résumé writing, program coordination, case management, curriculum development, staff management, grant implementation/compliance, and administration. Sara previously served as Kid Power’s 21st Century Community Learning Center Program Director and an Advisory Board Member. #NewBoardMember #KPChampion #CommunityPartner #YouthAdvocate ...

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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.