Our Co-Founders, Max Skolnik and Caroline Sholl, had a vision that young people could become agents of positive change in their own communities. This vision led to the launch of the organization on March 4th, 2002. These fearless educators founded Kid Power to ensure that DC youth had a voice in their communities. Soon after, with an inaugural first class of 12 students at Miner Elementary School, Kid Power was born.
In 2008 and 2011, respectively, Kid Power acquired “Linking Communities for Educational Success” and “Facilitating Leadership in Youth,” two non-profits that operate east of the Anacostia. In 2012, Andria Tobin succeeded Founder Max Skolnik as Executive Director.
Kid Power inspires youth leadership by promoting academic advancement, physical and emotional wellness, and positive civic engagement in underserved communities throughout the District of Columbia.
Currently, Kid Power’s after-school and summer programs serve 425 elementary and middle school students at Title 1 DC Public Schools. Kid Power serves an additional 1,200 students at 5 DCPS schools with monthly in-school VeggieTime science lessons. Our programs include: The Academic Power Hour, The VeggieTime Project, The Citizenship Project, and The Summer Leadership Academy.