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With our largest Summer Leadership Academy ever, over 225 Kid Power students enjoyed a summer of learning, gardening, service, fitness, and field trips with Kid Power!

Middle School Students Competed in a Summer-Long Hot Sauce Challenge!

These young entrepreneurs put their culinary skills and financial literacy to the test creating an original hot sauce recipe, designing a strategic business plan, and executing their plan by making, bottling, and selling their hot sauce with the help of Chef Robert Wood from Eco Caterers.  They raised over $400 and donated over half of the proceeds to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital!

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Another Exciting School Year at Kid Power!

NCM_0330_edited.jpgWith the start of a new school year comes another exciting year of innovation
and growth in Kid Power’s after-school programs.  With our highest enrollment to date, Kid Power is serving 425 students at 10 different schools throughout the District!  Students have already begun forming their own Kid Power governments through the Citizenship Project with Kid Power Delegate elections to be held next week.  These delegates will lead feedback circles, mediate conflict at program, and serve as liaisons to Kid Power’s senior staff. We cannot wait to learn the highly anticipated results!

A new program location: This year, Kid Power is bringing its programs to Browne Education Campus, a middle school located in the Ward 5 Trinidad neighborhood, which suffers from some of the highest diabetes, obesity, and homicide rates in the District.  Kid Power will begin building and planting new garden beds at Browne in the spring of 2015!

Constructing our first greenhouse: Thanks to the generous support of the Office of State Superintendent of Education, Kid Power is currently constructing a state-of-the-art greenhouse at Barnard Elementary School!  This will support expanded learning opportunities and hands-on student and community engagement with year-round growing.

Welcome AmeriCorps Members!

new_americorps.jpgKid Power is thrilled to announce that the organization is the recent recipient of a 2014 AmeriCorps State Grant through Serve DC!  This grant has brought 5 full-time Corps Members to the Kid Power team (almost doubling the size of the staff!) and has opened the door for many exciting opportunities!

Aligned with Kid Power’s mission to continually help students achieve academic growth, AmeriCorps Members Curtis and Nani are working with Kid Power staff and DCPS teachers to link Kid Power’s innovative curriculum to the Common Core standards. In accordance with research that highlights the importance of school-day alignment, they are also working with Kid Power students’ school-day teachers to reinforce key academic concepts to better connect in- and out-of-school learning.  Meanwhile, to support the seemingly exponential growth of the VeggieTime Project, AmeriCorps Members Anna D., Daisy, and Anna E. are working to enhance VeggieTime curriculum, garden maintenance, and community volunteer opportunities.

Looking to put your green thumb to good use? Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn about upcoming volunteer opportunities!

Kid Power’s Second Annual Taste of the Garden

Kid Power Board of Directors, staff, family, and friends enjoyed a perfect rooftop evening in celebration of the VeggieTime Project at Kid Power’s Second Annual Taste of the Garden last week!  A huge thank you to all of our supporters who came out to the event and to Cedar Restaurant and The Front Page for providing the delicious appetizers enjoyed by all.  The generous proceeds from the event will support the construction of brand new garden beds at Browne Education Campus!

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