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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TOMORROW is the Taste of the Garden and it is officially hockey season! Now is your chance to bid on two seats in section 103 and a signed puck from @tomwilson. Cheer on the @capitals and support Kid Power! To see a full list of auction items visit the link in our bio or visit https://one.bidpal.net/tog2022! #TasteoftheGarden #10thTOG #20thAnniversary ...

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We are just 2 days away from our 10th Annual Taste of the Garden! Are you ready for the event of the year?! You don’t want to miss this chance to experience a competitive cooking competition, bid on silent auction items, enjoy a delicious meal, and get inspired! Join us THIS WEDNESDAY, October 19th, as we celebrate Kid Power’s 20th Anniversary, featuring DC's finest chefs Elyssa Kaplan, Robbie Wood, and Tyenella Hall. We are also presenting the 2022 Excellence in Leadership Award to Senator Chris Murphy. We cannot wait for you to join us as we take a walk down memory lane! Visit the link in our bio or https://one.bidpal.net/tog2022/welcome #TasteOfTheGarden #10thTOG #20thAnniversary ...

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Thank you @servedc! Kid Power was awarded a Serve DC AmeriCorps State Grant of $113,844 to support 5 full-time Americorps Site Coordinators. This position will support day-to-day logistics related to running our After-School programs, in addition to a Volunteer Coordinator, who will assist with volunteer support, recruitment, and training across all of our core programs. We are so grateful for our AmeriCorps members and thrilled to continue our partnership! #CommunityPartner #Grateful #DCYouth ...

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We are thrilled to announce Ashely Hunter as our new Program Manager OST Operations! Ashley started with Kid Power in 2019 as an After-School Instructor and quickly began utilizing her skills to support the day-to-day program operations. She is determined and motivated to impact underserved communities by advocating and implementing a well-structured program that will provide adequate resources and services for families. Ashley is currently enrolled at @savannahstate working on her Bachelor’s in Business Management and Administration. #KPChampion #DCYouth #Youth Advocate ...

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The Taste of the Garden is around the corner, and there is still time to purchase tickets, bid on auction items, and participate in the raffle! Need help planning the perfect date night? Look no further! Start the evening with a delicious farm-to-table dinner at Founding Farmers then top the night off at the opening night performance of Ride the Cyclone at the Arena Stage. To see a full list of auction items visit the link in our bio or visit https://one.bidpal.net/tog2022! #TasteoftheGarden #10thTOG #20thAnniversary ...

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Our students had a beautiful time outside today! They loved seeing how plants can grow in cold weather!

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Are you looking to make a difference in the lives of DC students? Become an In-School Literacy Tutor. Our High Impact Tutoring Program is a great opportunity for college students, retirees, and community advocates to implement a research-based literacy program that will improve the reading ability, school engagement, and self-confidence of local youth. Compensation is available from $16 per hour. Learn more in our bio or https://indeedhi.re/3ePBySe ...

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Join us as we welcome Kid Power’s new High Impact Tutoring Director, Sarah Pasqualini! Sarah grew up in Connecticut and graduated from The University of Alabama with a dual certification in Elementary and Special Education. She began her teaching career as a Teach For America member in Atlanta, GA, and has been an educator for 8 years, with a focus on literacy instruction and serving students with disabilities. Sarah is passionate about building authentic relationships with students and families and supporting the whole child. Welcome, Sarah! #KPChampion #DCYouth #Youth Advocate ...

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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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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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