Kid Power nurtures the development of tomorrow's leaders, inspiring hundreds of students in under-served schools each year to become well-rounded agents of positive change in their own communities. Every day after school, students participate in a variety of enrichment activities — from art to STEM, service learning to student government. In youth-led Kid Power Circles, students discuss community issues and engage in team building. School-based gardens supplement lessons in sustainable agriculture and nutrition through hands-on science experiments and cooking classes that use produce harvested from the gardens. A mentoring program pairs high school students with trained community mentors while high-impact tutoring ensures low student-to-staff ratios in literacy tutoring and social-emotional support. During the summer, a leadership program further builds students' career skills in public speaking, researching, and financial literacy. Impart truly lasting change by inspiring DC youth to power our future.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 2

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; DC-Ward 1; DC-Ward 2; DC-Ward 3; DC-Ward 4; DC-Ward 5; DC-Ward 6; DC-Ward 7; DC-Ward 8; Chinatown; Columbia Heights; Mt. Pleasant/Adams Morgan; Petworth; Southwest Waterfront; Trinidad; Fort Totten; Southeast Minnesota Ave.; Douglass; Lincoln Heights; Garfield Heights; Anacostia

Age Groups Served: Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Latino/Hispanic

Population(s) Served: Students; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members

Schools They Work In: Barnard Elementary School; Browne Education Campus; H.D. Cooke Elementary School; Houston Elementary School; Jefferson Middle School; LaSalle-Backus Education Campus; Malcolm X Elementary School; Sousa Middle School; Stanton Elementary School; Georgetown Day School; Edmund Burke School; Sidwell Friends School

Awards & Recognition

• 5 full-time AmeriCorps Service Members joined the Kid Power team through Serve DC in 2014 to support curriculum development, volunteer outreach, and VeggieTime expansion; and again had this AmeriCorps grant renewed in 2015 for 5 new Service Members.
• Kid Power was named “one of the best small charities” in the region for the third time by the 2015-2016 Catalogue for Philanthropy.
• Kid Power built our first state-of-the-art greenhouse (500 sq. feet) to expand garden learning opportunities in 2015.
• Kid Power was listed as a “Reliable Community Partner” by the Department of Wellness and Nutrition.
• Kid Power school gardens won the 2014 Best New Garden Award, 2014 Best Sustained Garden Award, and the 2013 Garden Bike Tour Award.
• The organization was featured on WAMU’s June 2014 Community Minute.
• Kid Power expanded the VeggieTime program to serve 1,200 students through in-school science lessons at Sousa MS, H.D. Cooke ES, Houston ES, Jefferson MS, and Browne EC as well as to serve 25 students at the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy weekly.
• Middle school students launched their first full youth-led hot sauce business creating, bottling, marketing, and selling their original hot sauce using the summer pepper harvest.
• The organization received 2 pro bono grants from the Taproot Foundation to implement the Salesforce database and a Board of Directors recruitment project.


Budget (FY2023)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for Kid Power, Inc is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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