Kid Power Celebrates 13 Years of Youth Development & Empowerment:
Having supported thousands of DC youth, it is hard to believe that Kid Power was once just a dream. It was the vision of our Co-Founders Max Skolnik and Caroline Sholl that young people could become agents of positive change in their own communities that led to the launch of the organization 13 years ago, on March 4th, 2002. These fearless educators founded the organization to ensure that DC youth had a voice in their communities. And, with an inaugural first class of 12 students at Miner Elementary School, Kid Power was born.
As we celebrate our 13th birthday, we’re honored to continue this mission by supporting over 425 youth daily with the tools and opportunities they need to become informed and engaged advocates for change. Reflecting on this growth, Mr. Skolnik (pictured right in 2004), now Executive Director and National Program Lead of the Taproot Foundation, affirmed:
"I'm so proud of Kid Power's amazing growth! When we set out 13 years ago to create the organization, we never thought it would reach such heights. It is a testament to the hard-working staff, the incredible supporters, the dedicated parents, and, most of all, the talented and awe-inspiring kids of Kid Power."
Happy 13th Birthday, Kid Power! We look forward to many more years of supporting thousands of young people as they achieve their goals and build a stronger and healthier District of Columbia
Sip into Spring with Kid Power:
Please join us in celebrating our 13th birthday and the beginning (we hope!) of spring gardening season! Kid Power will be hosting a happy hour to benefit the VeggieTime Project at City Tap House this Friday, March 20th from 5 – 7:30 pm. It will be an evening of celebration, great food and drink specials, and a raffle featuring items from top DC restaurants and businesses! For more information check out our Facebook event!
When: Friday, March 20 from 5-7:30 pm
Where: City Tap House, 901 9th St. NW, Washington DC
Tickets: $10 at the door for great specials and 2 raffle tickets!
Going Green: School-Wide Composting Projects:
Did you know that more than 80% of school cafeteria waste is compostable or recyclable? As part of the Healthy Schools Act of 2010, the DC Department of General Services is working to have all DC Public Schools recycling milk cartons and composting food waste from cafeterias by the close of the 2015-2016 school-year.
Kid Power is thrilled to be helping with this lofty goal! We’ve started our first school-wide composting project at H.D. Cooke Elementary School in Adams Morgan. Students have been working hard all winter to educate their peers about the rules of composting and serving as “composting coordinators” during lunch time. The initiative at is off to a great start. Students have reduced their cafeteria’s landfill waste from nearly 500 gallons a day to just under 100 gallons a day.
Kid Power students at Barnard Elementary School are ready to match that goal by launching their own school-wide composting project later this month. Kid Power hopes to be able to work with the DC Department of General Services to have all of its ten program sites composting next year. If you'd like to support this ambitious goal, please consider making a donation here:
Through composting, Kid Power students are learning about community, the environment, and local systems of food production and waste disposal. They are thinking about what happens to the waste they create and becoming responsible consumers. We are so proud!
AmeriCorps Week 2015:
Last week Kid Power celebrated AmeriCorps Week 2015 to salute AmeriCorps members for their service. AmeriCorps is a civil society program that engages adults in intensive community service work with the goal of "helping others and meeting critical needs in the community."
Receiving its first AmeriCorps grant in August of 2014, Kid Power has benefited from five full-time AmeriCorps Members who have truly embodied the AmeriCorps mission of service. They have been instrumental to Kid Power’s growth by developing new hands-on curriculum, designing innovative benchmark assessments, increasing the quality and capacity of family cooking nights, teaching new VeggieTime STEM lessons, and so much more.
We’ve been truly honored to be an AmeriCorps partner organization this year and to work with the amazing team at Serve DC to build a stronger District community. In honor of this celebration of service, two Kid Power AmeriCorps Members, Curtis and Nani, wrote blog posts reflecting on their year (or years!) of service and their time with Kid Power. We hope you’ll check them out here! (Lord of the Rings fans are in for a real treat!)
As always, we thank you so much for your continued support!