Every weekday, Kid Power works with Title I DC Public Schools to provide daily academic and enrichment programming to 425 students (99% of whom qualify for free or reduced-price lunch). But this isn’t your average after-school program. After Academic Power Hour (mentoring and tutoring with college staff and high school volunteers), a rotating series of enrichment activities focuses on building students’ civic engagement, leadership, and healthy behaviors. Urban gardens are paired with lessons in nutrition, cooking, and environmental science; history and citizenship lessons offer a real-life perspective through Kid Power Congress and service-learning projects; art classes integrate wellness principles like mindfulness and self-expression. Together with a five-week Summer Leadership Academy and monthly in-school wellness programming, Kid Power reaches 1,000 students each year. These kids will power our future. You can power them!
When Kid Power first learned of DCPS closures, the team jumped into action, creating a series of online professional development webinars to equip staff with strategies and tools to best support youth; launching a needs-assessments with youth and families; and compiling and distributing mission-driven resources for families. Weekly phone calls, live virtual programming with feedback channels, one-to-one tutoring support, and food and supply access, give youth a sense of belonging and safety – and help make school interesting and fun.