Will You Join Them? Help us Advocate for More Opportunities for Underserved Youth!
As DC Council meets this spring to consider and vote on the District’s funding priorities for fiscal year 2017, we’re partnering with the DC Alliance of Youth Advocates topromote greater funding for and access to quality community-based after-school and summer learning opportunities for all DC students. Despite the increased need and demand as evidence from the recent spike in crime throughout the District, funding has followed a downward trend in recent years, meaning still fewer spots in after-school for kids who need them most.
Kid Power students are writing their own letters to City Council to share what after-school programs mean to them. Together, our voice is stronger. Please help us lead the way by signing the petition here to let City Council know that out-of-school time must be a priority in order to build a brighter future for DC youth.
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Yet another reason to love March? Spring has sprung here in the District and we’re thrilled to be getting back out into our gardens! Students are preparing to plant by testing the soil in their gardens to make sure it contains the proper nutrients to give them the best yield. Meanwhile, at several school sites, students are starting their seedlings to grow "Taco Gardens" featuring cilantro, tomatoes, peppers, and lettuce. We can’t wait for an epic #TacoTuesday from this harvest!
Our Latest Blog: “Every day [they] show me resilience, strength and compassion”—College Staff Reflects on What She’s Taught and What She’s Learned at Kid Power
Through the Federal Work Study program (FWS), Kid Power is able to take advantage of the abundance of world class universities here in DC to create mutually beneficial opportunities for both college students and Kid Power youth. Kid Power is proud to partner with American University, George Washington University, Howard University, andGeorgetown University through this program, which brings over 100 college students as instructors to Kid Power’s programs each week. These students gain opportunities for personal and professional growth while connecting to the larger DC community, and Kid Power students gain role models, tutors, and perspectives from the diverse backgrounds these college students bring.
Recently, we sat down with Katie Lu Clougherty, an undergraduate student at American University, who works with Kid Power as a Site Coordinator at Houston Elementary School. So we caught up with Katie to get her perspective on this unique public-private partnership.
Why did you choose to work with Kid Power for your Federal Work Study job?
I chose to work with Kid Power because I love working with kids and I thought it was the perfect way to fulfill my FWS requirements and give back to the community of DC.
What experiences have had the greatest impact on you in this job?
Every day Kid Power kids show me resilience, strength and compassion. No matter what is going on in their lives' they are willing to put in some effort. Whether it's doing their homework, being kind to another classmate, or creating a good sense of community in our class, they care about what they are doing and they care about each other. Some days are harder than others, but overall the kids teach me something new each day.
Is there any one moment or experience that impacted you most?
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As always, we thank you for your continued support!
--Your Friends at Kid Power
Happy New Year! In just a few weeks, 2016 has proven to be an exciting year of change and growth for Kid Power. And now that we're digging out from record amounts of snow here in DC, we’re ready to take on new challenges and share some exciting new developments with you!
MLK Day of Service
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: what are your doing for others?”
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Kid Power students and families along with volunteer students and families from Georgetown Day School and Sidwell Friends School answered Dr. King’s call to service by celebrating MLK Day with a Day of Service last Monday.
Together, they assembled care kits of hygiene essentials, made healthy lunches, and packaged them together with letters of encouragement. They then distributed these packages to community members experiencing homelessness.
Providing opportunities for service, leadership, and civic engagement are at the core of our mission. We’re so proud and so grateful that Kid Power students and our wonderful community volunteers braved the cold to come out and help those in need to honor Dr. King’s legacy.
New Year, New Kid Power
New Website: Our website got a facelift! Explore our beautiful new website to learn more about our programs and students served, upcoming events, how you can get involved with Kid Power, and more! And, for more on our impact, success stories, and recent developments, check out our 2015 Annual Report here!
New School Sites: This month, Kid Power is launching new programing at LaSalle-Backus Education Campus and is expanding services at Houston Elementary School. Both of these schools are in Northeast DC and serve high-need student populations, with 99% on the free or reduced price lunch program. We're eager to bring our innovative programming to these new students to help them become advocates for change in their community!
New Office: We moved! We're thrilled to announce that we have officially opened a second office location in the revitalizing Southwest quadrant of DC. This space was generously donated by the E St. Development Group. In our new office, we have more meeting space, an open work station concept, and quicker access to many of our school sites.
Our new address is:
Kid Power, Inc.
400 E St. SW
Washington, DC 20024
BEST SCHOOL GARDEN AWARD
_“We take care of the garden by watering it and by keeping bad bugs away so that they don’t eat the plants”_
At only 7 years old, second grader Delilah's understanding of garden maintenance helped her write an essay titled: "Why Barnard's Garden is the Best" that won the "Best School Garden" award from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education! We're so proud of Delilah and love to see her enthusiasm for gardening!
Kid Power has made significant enhancements and improvements to the garden at Barnard over the last year, including building a 400 sq. ft. state-of-the-art greenhouse to extend hands-on learning opportunities year-round. Delilah will present her essay on her favorite garden activities (harvesting and cooking) and favorite food grown (tomatoes) at the awards ceremony this afternoon!
PUBLIC-PRIVATE SCHOOL NETWORK BACK IN ACTION
Kid Power students are thrilled to be back to visiting their mentors at Georgetown Day and Sidwell Friends Schools each week through Kid Power’s Public-Private School Network. Launched in 2004, the partnership has been instrumental in helping to bridge socio-economic and cultural barriers throughout DC while giving all participants lasting academic and social benefits.
This year, we’re thrilled to see former Kid Power student, Jayla Arroyo (bottom left in gray), become a mentor at Georgetown Day School!
Jayla participated in the Public-Private Network as a Kid Power student at Tubman Elementary and then at Cesar Chavez PCS. As a mentee, Jayla learned about what educational resources and experiences Georgetown Day School could offer her. She applied to and enrolled at the school in 2014. She now stays connected and gives back by volunteering as a weekly Kid Power mentor!
In the first visit to Georgetown Day of the year, Jefferson Middle School students learned about crystal formation by making rock candy with their mentors in the GDS Innovation Lab!
Kid Power’s senior staff will be moving to a brand new office space this winter that has been donated to us by the E Street Development!
The office will be located in the revitalizing Southwest corridor at 400 E St. SW in the new Hyatt Place Hotel. With this move, our staff will have more meeting space, an open work station concept, and quicker access to many of our school sites. Further, the savings in rent will allow Kid Power to allocate additional resources directly to serving more students!