Kid Power’s holistic approach strongly emphasizes offering youth a wide variety of educational opportunities and experiences—whether from our diverse programs or through collaboration with fellow non-profit organizations. In DC, we’re lucky to be surrounded by community organizations that work in a wide variety of fields—from the arts to technology and gaming to fellow urban gardeners—that can offer Kid Power students exciting new ways to learn and apply their knowledge.
One such recent collaboration was with ArtReach at THEARC, a year-round museum outreach program that is designed to empower DC youth and families to explore and trust their own creativity through the process of art making and learning about art history. Kid Power students at Malcolm X Elementary School had the opportunity to apply a recent STEM-based VeggieTime lesson to a creative art project. First, students learned about fish that are native to the Anacostia River, the American Schad and the Striped Bass, and invasive species that are affecting the Anacostia, the snakehead fish—a “bully fish” as one student aptly pointed out. Next, instructors from ArtReach at THEARC taught Kid Power students painting techniques, such as painting with gradient — blending colors from dark to light. Finally, each student was given a windsock with a drawing of a lock fish to paint in gradient and unleash their creativity.
Collaborating with other non-profits to offer Kid Power students diverse, cross-disciplinary experiences is fundamental to our mission. It helps us to leverage resources while exposing Kid Power students to new experiences and creative learning opportunities. To learn more about Kid Power’s partnerships, check out Our Partners page!