Dear Friend,

Summer is our absolute favorite time of the year, and not just for the weather. We love the summer because it means that Kid Power programming increases from 3 hours a day after school to a full day of fun and innovative learning at the Summer Leadership Academy!

The 2015 Summer Leadership Academy:

Now in its third week, Kid Power’s 2015 Summer Leadership Academy is in full swing at Jefferson Middle School, serving over 225 elementary and middle school students from across the District!

Closing the Achievement Gap: Kid Power students are not just overcoming summer learning loss, but making academic gains. Each morning, they participate in hands-on English, Math, and Civics lessons, followed by gardening and cooking activities in VeggieTime, where they’re growing peppers, radishes, carrots, and much more. In the afternoons, students go on educational and recreational field trips, participate in electives, or cool down at the pool!

veggietime_moves.jpgVeggieTime Moves: In order to fully understand the connection between healthy living choices and improved physical health, students participate in VeggieTime Moves. Through garden-based recreational games, zumba classes, and other sports, students are staying active while learning that a healthy lifestyle can be more than just healthy eating.

College Preparedness: This summer, middle school students are participating in an expanded college and career readiness curriculum in order to build stronger pathways to high school, college, and career success. Activities focus on short-term and long-term goal setting, time management, college essay writing, college campus tours, and financial literacy and workforce development workshops with local professionals.

hot_sauce_peppers.jpgThe Hot Sauce Challenge: Students are building on their successful hot sauce business they piloted last summer. Beyond creating an original hot sauce recipe using peppers from their gardens, students are learning: marketing techniques to design labels and flyers, budgeting principles for supply purchases, finance lessons about net and gross profit, and communication and public speaking tactics to sell their product. Keep an eye out for updates on when and where you can get a bottle!

Kid Power Students Become Kid Power Teachers:

Kid Power is honored to actively participate in the Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) which not only provides critical workforce experience for DC high school and college students, but offers Kid Power alumni a chance to return each year as Kid Power instructors. It is truly amazing to see these alumni take on leadership positions and become role models for current Kid Power students.

Recently, current SYEP staff member and Kid Power alumni Wendall, 20, reflected on his changing role from student to teacher and what Kid Power has meant to him:

“Going from Kid Power student to staff showed me that the position I hold is very important. As a student, I always looked up to my Kid Power teachers. This is why I choose every summer to help and work with [current students] to keep them active and having fun at the same time.”


Kid Power alumni at the helm at the Summer Leadership Academy!

Save the Date!

Please mark your calendars for our third annual Taste of the Garden on September 10th! We hope to see you there!


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