The numbers are sobering: in DC public schools, just 43% of students are proficient in reading, and 51% in math. Volunteer work is declining (nationwide only a fifth of teenagers participates), and 3 in 10 DC children suffer from food hardship. Kid Power’s after-school and summer programs provide 425 underserved DC youth with tools and opportunities to defy these statistics – and to build a stronger city for everyone. During Academic Power Hour, homework assistance and small-group instruction help students meet Common Core standards. The VeggieTime project builds skills (from science to nutrition to entrepreneurship) as kids cultivate school gardens, take cooking classes, and sell produce at local markets (with profits going to community improvement projects). In the Citizenship Program, mentors teach the building blocks of democracy, then help students choose a “Kid Power cause” to enact real change in their neighborhoods and schools. And finally, a six-week summer academy combines advanced academics with career exploration and electives in public speaking, financial literacy, and technology. These kids will power our future. You can power them!
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; Adolescence; Teenagers; Young Adult; Grades K-12
Ethnic Groups Served: African American, 79%; Asian American, 1%; Latino/Hispanic, 20%; Multicultural, 1%
Population(s) Served: Students; Low- to Moderate-Income
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.
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- Less than $500k
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