Upcoming Events

Join Kid Power, Inc. for the Celebration of the Year!
10th Annual Taste of the Garden

On October 19th, we will celebrate our 20th Anniversary of building on the vision of our Co-Founders Max Skolnik and Caroline Sholl. We will also recognize the 10th Anniversary of Executive Director, Andria Tobin.

The Taste of the Garden brings together industry experts and community members to witness Kid Power students teaming up with renowned chefs in a high-energy cooking demonstration. The event also honors an individual who’s committed to philanthropy, education, health and wellness, or social justice. We are thrilled to present our Excellence in Leadership Award to U.S. Senator Chris Murphy. Also, guests will enjoy a walk down memory lane with Kid Power.

Get your tickets today for the 10th Annual Taste of the Garden!

 

 

Mentors, Inc. @ Kid Power Information Sessions

Youth and parents/guardians can join us for upcoming information sessions to learn more about being matched with a mentor. Youth information sessions are for youth only. All youth must attend a family information session with a parent/guardian in order to be matched with a mentor. RSVP for our information sessions and other enrichment events below:

In the News

9th Annual Taste of the Garden: KP Youth Take Center Stage

Our 9th Annual Taste of the Garden on October 21st was a virtual event filled with inspiration, laughs, and delicious food. We were honored to uplift the voices of our student leaders and see our Instructors bringing life to our programs. Co-hosts Andria Tobin and Mentors, Inc. @ Kid Power protégé, Brooke, guided viewers through the event as guests virtually cooked along with our 5th-grade student chefs from J.O. Wilson Elementary and Executive Chef Kevin Tien

We deepened our knowledge of community health in a community conversation with Dr. Beverley Wheeler, of DC Hunger Solutions, and Ronnie Webb of The Green Scheme. We were also inspired by our 2021 Excellence in Leadership Award recipient Mark Bucher, founder of Feed the Fridge.  (Watch the video here).

 

Mentors, Inc. @ Kid Power Class of 2021 Virtual Graduation Celebration

Watch the celebration our 2021 graduating seniors, including college announcements and scholarship awards. (Watch the video here)

Kid Power Building Awareness with Brex 

Credit card company, Brex, chose Kid Power to be one of the featured organizations of their new advertising campaign! Through a recommendation, the Brex team was inspired by our programs and our young leaders and wanted to tell our story as a part of their campaign. Executive Director Andria Tobin and Program Coordinator and Kid Power Alumna Felicity Poussaint were interviewed for the campaign that resulted in beautiful photos and videos that were used on digital advertising for Brex and transit billboards across DC, Miami, and Houston, in addition to all social media platforms. Take a look at the video ad featuring Felicity Poussaint.

 

The 8th Annual Taste of the Garden Goes Virtual

Our high-energy event emceed by Community Advocate and local Chef Robbie Wood showcased our VeggieTime program, in addition to presenting our 2020 Excellence in Leadership Award to Capital Area Food Bank and the 2020 Community Hero Award to Joanne Odom, Medstar Georgetown University Hospital. The event spotlight the important work of Kid Power, our families, instructors, and community leaders with impact stories, and of course, preparing a delicious 3-course meal with our featured Chef and his special guests! (Watch the video here).

Mentors, Inc. @ Kid Power Celebrates Our 2020 Seniors

Watch an exciting event unfold with our seniors announcing their college of choice and receiving various scholarship awards. (Watch the video here)

 

Our BIG Announcement: Kid Power’s Exciting Merger! 

Seventeen years ago, our Founders started Kid Power from a strong conviction that today’s youth can be agents of change. To see their vision become a reality as we launch our Alumni Program, and witness former students standing up and improving their communities, is nothing short of inspiring. (Read More)

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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.

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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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Tanya Morant has been a member of Kid Power’s Board of Directors since 2022. In reflecting on her most rewarding experiences with Kid Power, Tanya states, “Ever since I learned about Kid Power as a donor several years ago, I have been impressed with how intentional the organization is about every action it takes. From the hand-written note I received after making my first donation, to the way we call our young people proteges, to the yummy tasting stations at last year's Taste of the Garden Event, every aspect of the organization is laser-focused on helping to inspire and support our local youth. As a board member, it has been an honor and a privilege to get to see how Kid Power's small, but mighty, team works tirelessly to further the mission behind the scenes.” #LoveMonth #KidPowerDC❤️ ...

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The nomination form for Kid Power's 2024 Community Heroes is now available! Do you know an individual, business, or organization making a significant difference in our community in areas such as philanthropy, advocacy, health and wellness, or social justice? This is your opportunity to honor a local hero whose dedication has uplifted our community. Let's come together to acknowledge and celebrate the remarkable contributions of those positively impacting lives and our community. Click the link in our bio to nominate your community hero and get ready for Taste of the Garden 2024. Early Bird Tickets will be on sale in March! #TasteoftheGarden #WashingtonDC #DCNonprofits #YouthEducation #CommunityImpact🪴🌷🌸🌱 ...

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As we continue to celebrate incredible partners, community members, and staff this February, we would like to spotlight Erin. Erin serves as the Program Manager for our After-School Program. When asked about her favorite experience with Kid Power, Erin stated, “My favorite experience is spending time with our students. They are so funny, charismatic, and smart. Getting the chance to spend time with them always serves as a reminder of why we do this work and how important education equity is so that our youth feel supported and loved as they are.” #LoveMonth #AfterSchool #StaffSpotlights #KidPowerDC ♥️ ...

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The Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Employment Program (MBSYEP) is a six-week program that provides District youth ages 14 to 24 with enriching and constructive summer work experiences through placements in public and private sectors.
Through MBSYEP, participants will have the opportunity to:

• Earn money and gain practical work experience
• Learn and develop skills, attitudes, and competencies necessary to success in today’s work environment.
• Gain exposure to various career industries.
• Interact with professionals in the workforce.
• The application for this program is currently open but will close on March 6th. If you are interested in applying and obtaining more information, click the link in our bio.

#YouthEmploymentOpportunities #CommunityEngagement #WashingtonDC #SummerJobs
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This February we are spotlighting a few of the incredible members of our board, staff, and greater community. Today, we highlight Christa Smith, one of our High Impact Tutoring Coordinators. When asked about her favorite experience with Kid Power, Christa stated, “Building Relationships, developing meaningful connections with students, colleagues, and parents, and fostering a sense of community has been my most rewarding experience.” #LoveMonth #StaffSpotlights #KidPowerDC ♥️ ...

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Kid Power’s Board of Directors Chair Gregory Henderson sends us a heartfelt message on this day. We would like to express our gratitude to our incredible community of students, families, and partners. #Appreciation #Gratitude #KidPowerDC ♥ ...

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Sareeta Jones brings her enthusiasm for tutoring, education, and connecting with youth as a High Impact Tutor @langley_tigers. Currently studying Early Childhood Education at @trinitywashingtonuniversity, Sareeta is eager to apply the knowledge gained from her studies to continue positively impacting youth following her graduation in May 2024. In her leisure time, she enjoys creating soaps and body butter, as well as surprising her students with healthy snacks. #KidPowerTeam #TutorImpact #YouthEducation 🍎📕 ...

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Mark your calendars! Kid Power's 11th annual fundraiser, Taste of the Garden, is back with a new delicious twist! On April 25th, 2024, experience an evening full of connection, community, and celebration. This year's celebration will be held at the @friendsmeetingofwashington. Keep an eye out for upcoming information on ticket sales, special guests, and how you can nominate a Community Hero! Experience the impact, joy, and connections that make this event truly special. #DCCommunityEvents #DCYouth #DCNonprofits #KidPowerDC #YouthEducation ...

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Armani Crabbe, a talented singer, dancer, visual artist, Kid Power Alumni and former protegé, has joined the High Impact Tutoring team as a tutor and program support @garrisonelementaryschool and @stanton_dcps. Armani expresses her excitement about rejoining the Kid Power family, saying, “I am truly enjoying being back with my forever family, seeing how much the organization has progressed and is continuing to inspire our youth. I was once in those same seats as our current students. I am grateful to be a part of the team once again. I look forward to seeing more to come within the programs.” In her free time, Armani enjoys reading and pursuing her artistic hobbies. #HighImpactTutoring #DCPublicSchools #YouthEngagement #KidPowerDC 📚 ♥️ ...

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“I became a mentor because I had mentors in my own life. I’ve seen the difference it makes,” stated Jourdan Smith, a Kid Power mentor. In speaking about his protégé, Nasir, he fondly recalls memories of bonding through sports, celebrating personal accomplishments, and being a source of support and accountability. Nasir expressed, “Having a mentor is relaxing. It’s someone who can teach you things, but at the same time, they can relate to you.” The duo are thrilled to continue bonding and look forward to a year full of new accomplishments, great memories, and friendly games of basketball. #MentoringAmplifies #NationalMentoringMonth #KidPowerDC 🏀📚 ...

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As we close out National Mentoring Month, we are taking a moment to recap the positive impact of having a mentor, improved emotional well-being, academic performance, leadership skills, plus so much more. To learn about our mentoring program and how you can be a mentor or a protégé, visit kidpowerdc.org. #NationalMentoringMonth #KidPowerDC ...

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We are thrilled to highlight our partnership with @mentormddc, our regional affiliate of @mentornmp. Their support has been pivotal in enhancing mentoring programs across Maryland and DC, providing training and resources that elevate our efforts to inspire and guide our youth. Over the past four years, the collaboration between Kid Power. Our mentoring program and MMDC has yielded remarkable results. Daon McLarin Johnson, MMDC's Program Support and Outreach Manager - DC Metro states:

“Over the years, Mentor MDDC’s continued partnership with Kid Power has resulted in a powerful synergy between organizations committed to improving the quality and quantity of mentoring in our nation’s Capital. From technical assistance to student career days to mentor training, I always look forward to sharing space and grace with the Kid Power family in our shared goal to mentor the next generation of leaders.” #NationalMentoringMonth #PartnerImpact #KidPowerDC #MentorImpact 📕✏️
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