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Greetings, I hope all is well with you. Tomorrow, Whatever happened to daddy's little girl? takes place online. Register at Thanks for your interest and time in advance. Have a safe day.
Ms. Arrington is the keynote speaker for the 3rd Annual Discovering Me.. Without You Essay Contest which is scheduled to take place on December 11, 2021 from 11am – 12noon on ZOOM. They told their stories about meeting the challenge of father absence triggered by abandonment or death and how they developed resilience and personal power. Come hear their voices. Come celebrate their personal discoveries.

"Yasmine is a member of Brown Memorial AME Church, in Northeast Washington, DC, under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Marlene Mitchell. At Brown Memorial AME Church, Yasmine participates in Youth Ministry and YPD initiatives, the Social Justice and Political Action ministry, lay ministry activities, and serves as the liaison between the church and Eastern Senior High School."



Hope all is well with you. Esther Productions, Inc is Getting into the Winners Circle.

Esther Productions, Inc presents Getting Into the Winners Circle
Washington, DC - Esther Productions, Inc. is a Washington, DC-based national nonprofit organization. Founded in 2004, is dedicated to using a variety of vehicles—traditional and nontraditional—to develop communities throughout the United States and Europe. It was created in 2004 by Jonetta Rose Barras, award-winning journalist and author of Whatever Happened to Daddy’s Little Girl?

GETTING INTO THE WINNER'S CIRCLE workshop is designed to provide tips and guidance to potential contestants from a past winner.

Sep 18, 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM EDT

Miajah Spriggs won the first place prize in 2019. In 2020, she served as a judge. She understands what judges will be looking for, and as an accomplished writer can help participants think through how to craft their essays with an eye toward walking away with one of the three cash awards.

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It is supported through generous contributions from Kerry S. Pearson LLC, Emmanuel Bailey, Veterans Services Corp, Pepco, an Exelon Corporation, Fort Myer Construction Corporation Charitable Foundation and Esther’s Friends.

We're excited to announce our 2021-22 Classic Project Nonprofit Clients! Find out more about our clients and projects in Greater Washington

Arlington Thrive, The Center for Alexandria's Children, Inc., UDC David A. Clarke School of Law, Encore Stage & Studio, The Equal Rights Center, Kid Power, Latin American Montessori Bilingual Public Charter School, Latin American Youth Center, Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area, National Building Museum, The National Theatre DC, New Endeavors by Women,
NOVA ScriptsCentral, PEN/Faulkner Foundation, Rebuilding Together Montgomery County Samaritan Inns, SCAN of Northern Virginia, Special Olympics DC, Tzedec DC, U.S. Capitol Historical Society, and Washington Performing Arts

3,000 pounds?! That’s a ton (and a half!) of fresh food harvested from Washington Youth Garden’s 1-acre garden this year!

What do we do with all this fresh food? We distribute it throughout our local community to help fight food insecurity in . This year, we have dontated fresh food to students and families at:

🥕 Partner schools
🥬 Kid Power DC
🥦 YMCA Calomiris Program Center | YMCA of Metropolitan Washington (DC)
🥒 DC Fridge Collective
🫑 DC Central Kitchen

We plan on donating a LOT more before the growing season is up this year. What’s your favorite fruit or veggie you’ve ever tasted from Washington Youth Garden?
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The auction for these special-edition jerseys benefiting Kid Power and the Capital Impact Fund is live at the link below.

For Immediate Release

Contact Esther Productions Inc at [email protected]

Kaleidoscope:A Writing Club

Washington, D.C - Kaleidoscope: A Writing Club begins on March 27th.

About the event

Kaleidoscope: A Writing Club is designed for women 18 and older will meet and scheduled to take place every 4th Saturday from 10 am to 11 am for six months, beginning March 27,2021. It will be peer driven; that is, members will bring their most recent work to share and get comments from the group. However, the sessions also will be facilitated by award-winning writer and poet, jonetta rose barras and occasionally attended by other professional creative writers.

Services provided by Ms. Afrika Abney, Arts and Marketing Consultant

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About Ms. Jonetta Barras - President and CEO of Esther Productions Inc

She is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author. Ms. Barras has more than 20 years experience reporting and commenting on national social, political, and cultural trends, including as an opinion writer with The Washington Post, Washington Examiner and Washington City Paper.

She hosted her own weekly radio show on the 50,000-watt WPFW-FM radio in Washington, D.C. Following that stint, Ms. Barras served for more than six years as the political analyst for NPR affiliate WAMU-FM radio, where 75,000 individuals listened each week to her. She also has appeared on CBS (60 Minutes), C-SPAN, CNN, PBS (This is America with Dennis Wholey) and Fox News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor.

Ms. Barras founded Esther Productions Inc. in 2004 after the publication of her Black Board bestseller Whatever Happened to Daddy's Little Girl: The Impact of Fatherlessness on Black Women (Ballantine 2000, hardcover—2001, paperback). She has spoken at more than two-dozen national and international conferences and symposia, and many consider her the foremost authority on the affects of father absence among girls and women.

Understanding the need to offer solutions to Esther Productions Inc.’s target audience of fatherless girls and women, Ms. Barras wrote Bridges: Reuniting Daughters and Daddies (Bancroft Press 2005). That book is a step-by-step guide for girls and women hoping to reconcile with their fathers or simply to come to terms completely with the affects of father absence in their lives.

Ms. Barras communication expertise combined with her management skills has made her a highly sought consultant. Through Esther Productions Inc. she offers her knowledge and experience to other nonprofit organizations and individual entrepreneurs.

Esther Productions, Inc. is dedicated to using a variety of vehicles—traditional and nontraditional—to develop communities throughout the United States and Europe. For more information about Esther Productions, Inc, please visit

Join us this Thursday at 6pm ET for National Youth Leadership Council's "The Power of Young People to Change the World" weekly radio show. Youth Service America's VP of Programs Karen Larson Daniel, Kid Power DC's Director of Instruction & Curriculum Sterling Pino-DeGale, and 4th-grader Keith will discuss expanding service and service-learning opportunities in programs. Mott Foundation
So Kids Can members announced today Kid Power as the program's 2020-21 beneficiary, as well as the addition of Brenden Dillon to the initiative.

Dillon joins Nicklas Backstrom, Tom Wilson and Elliot in the Morning's Elliot Segal in the cause.
En nombre de Mayor Bowser, gracias a Kid Power por su trabajo y compromiso con la comunidad latina en el Distrito de Columbia. ¡Les deseamos un próspero y saludable 2021!

Inspiring youth leadership through academic advancement, physical and emotional wellness, and positi

Kid Power is the only nonprofit expanded learning program offering a three-pronged approach to helping DC students grow and become engaged leaders in their communities. Each year, Kid Power helps hundreds of youth succeed academically, empowers them to become engaged leaders and responsible citizens, and fosters healthy living through community gardens. Kid Power students work every day to build a

Operating as usual


We are over halfway to our end-of-year giving goal of raising $20,000, and we need your help to close the gap! Your support today will nourish our community by improving the teacher retention rate and ensuring a larger pool of part-time staff to facilitate program expansion; providing scholarships; enhancing our tutoring efforts; and reinforcing programmatic social-emotional support through all programs by acquiring and engaging additional mentors. Join us and be a difference to our local youth.


The Philip L. Graham Fund awarded Kid Power a $50,000 General Operating grant. Since 1963, the Philip L. Graham Fund has supported local nonprofit organizations that provide essential and enriching programs to the Washington, DC, community. The Philip L. Graham Fund's commitment to using its resources for the betterment of DC is truly astonishing. We are honored to be selected as a grant recipient.


Congratulations to Jennifer Wieboldt for winning our final
Season of Gratitude Raffle of the year, a 5-class pass to Yoga Heights DC, and a gift card to South Block! Jennifer, thank you so much for supporting our campaign to help us raise $20,000 to provide the necessary resources to uplift our local youth.

We invite you to join Jennifer with your support of Kid Power as we grow essential programs like High Impact Tutoring.


We want to welcome our new Volunteer Coordinator, Demi Henry. A native Washingtonian, Demi will recruit volunteers and collaborate with Kid Power staff to ensure volunteers receive high-quality training to support programming. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Public Relations at Bowie State University. Demi is passionate and determined to impact underserved communities by fostering relationships and is thrilled to join the Kid Power team to help drive our mission forward.


Anniversary Spotlight with Former Georgetown Day School Volunteer Julia Blount

During this eventful milestone year, we’ve interviewed many in our Kid Power community through our “Voices of Kid Power” Anniversary Series. It has been incredible to hear the touching stories of our diverse community as they reflect on their personal experience with Kid Power. This month, we highlight a former Kid Power tutor, Julia Blount, who supported our Public-Private Network initiative.

As we continue to grow and meet our students' immediate needs, we seek passionate volunteers like Julia and part-time staff to support our new High Impact Tutoring (HIT) Program. If you are interested in supporting this program, contact HIT Director Sarah Pasqualini: [email protected].


Kid Power is honored to receive a $30,000 grant from the Harman Family Foundation. The Harman Family Foundation works to fund programs that improve and enrich educational opportunities for middle to high school students and programs that make post-secondary and career success possible for youth. This investment will support our organization as we build more opportunities for our students to gain critical academic skills. Thank you, Harman Foundation!


We are thrilled to announce our new Advisory Board member, Mackenzie Weise. She is a proud mother of two DCPS students, an epidemiologist, an inclusive health advocate, and a clinical thought leader. Mackenzie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from Winston-Salem State University and a Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from George Washington University. She is most passionate about ensuring the success of our children, eliminating disparities, and establishing health equity for all.


Congratulations to Tesion Demissie for winning the Call Your Mother and Giant Food raffle today! There is still time to help us raise $20,000 and win our last raffle for the year, a 5-class pass at Yoga Heights AND a gift card from South Block. The winner will be announced December 20th! Every donation of $25 or more will be automatically entered into our Season of Gratitude Raffle. Join us in providing the necessary resources to uplift our local youth.


Kid Power is honored to receive a $55,000 grant award for general support from The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation. We are inspired by the Foundation's continued commitment and support to building a stronger community for the residents of Washington, DC. We are so grateful for the opportunity to continue our partnership and enhance our programs with your support.


This semester, our Development Department is partnering with Professor Gemma Puglisi and her American University Public Relations Portfolio Class as their nonprofit client. Earlier this month, Kid Power’s High Impact Tutoring Director, Sarah Pasqualini, and Kid Power’s Development and Communications Manager, Yevette Smith, sat on the panel along with American University Professor Michael Gibbons. The panel touched on the future of youth development programs such as Kid Power, social and emotional learning in a post covid world, and the impact that Out of School Time programs can make for our youth. We are so excited to continue working with this class as they finish off their semester!


Congratulations to Eric Scholz for winning the Green City Block Set and Children's Book! There is still time to make a direct impact on our programs and…win a cool raffle prize! Every donation of $25 or more will be automatically entered into our Season of Gratitude Raffle. Our next raffle item will be the Call your Mother Deli and Giant food certificates the winner will be announced on December 13th! We are accepting donations until December 31!


The Morningstar Foundation awarded Kid Power with a $25,000 grant to enhance our middle school programming. The Foundation strives to expand learning opportunities for students and advocate for youth. Thank you to the Morningstar Foundation for their unwavering support of our mission.


Kid Power is participating in the World Bank Group Community Connections Campaign which will run from November 1 – December 15, 2022. All donations to the campaign will be matched 100% by the World Bank Group as of day one. The campaign is staff-driven and benefits over 400 nonprofit organizations. All World Bank Group staff, consultants, and retirees may pledge to the campaign.


We are thrilled to welcome our new Board Member Brittany Gaines! Brittany is a Director at KPMG’s Federal Internal Audit & Enterprise Risk Practice in the Washington, DC metro area. Brittany is also an advocate for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion within KPMG through her roles in various business resource groups and Consulting DEI committees. Brittany is looking forward to combining her love for youth, education, DEI, and business in support of Kid Power.


Congratulations to Elizabeth Dawson for winning the International Spy Museum and Spy Kit! Thank you to all those who donated to increase our programs and to uplift the voices of DC youth.
There is still time to make a direct impact on our programs and…win a cool raffle prize! Every donation of $25 or more will be automatically entered into our Season of Gratitude Raffle. Our next raffle item will be the Green City Block Set with a signed Children's Book by Monica Tierney and Jeremy Wells the winner will be announced on December 6th! We are accepting donations until December 31!


It’s Giving Tuesday! Today, Kid Power joins thousands of organizations across the world in a global generosity movement. This day has grown into an annual global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. Let’s create a wave of generosity to meet the direct and immediate needs of DC youth and give students the tools and sense of agency to become strong, informed, and engaged community leaders.
All supporters who donate $25 or more to Kid Power will automatically be entered into our Season of Gratitude Raffle!


Today, Kid Power is kicking off its end-of-year giving campaign with Giving Tuesday to raise $20,000 by December 31. Your donation today will help provide essential resources to give DC's local youth the tools and skills needed to thrive. Your donation of $25 or more will be entered into our "Season of Gratitude" Raffle. Be the Difference and Give Today!


Are you ready for tomorrow? Join us on November 29th for GivingTuesday as we kick off our end-of-year campaign that runs to December 31st. This year, you will have the opportunity to support scholarships for our 2022 graduating seniors or allow your funds to support the greatest need of the organization. All supporters who donate $25 or more will automatically be entered into our weekly raffles. We will randomly select winners starting on GivingTuesday (11/29-12/20) to receive prizes from DC supporters.
Our first raffle item will be a day at the International Spy Museum with the ultimate spy kit.


Kid Power's High Impact Tutoring (HIT) Program has begun at Savoy, Stanton, and Malcolm X Elementary! Our HIT program is a 22-week literacy intervention program that uses research-based lessons to improve literacy outcomes. We are thrilled to announce that in our small group sessions students are engaged and excited to come to tutoring sessions.
If you would like to join us as a Tutor, contact Sarah Pasqualini [email protected] Tutors are compensated between $20-24/hour.
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Photos from Kid Power's post 11/24/2022

In this season of gratitude, we are giving thanks to all the wonderful people that work tirelessly to help Kid Power fulfill its mission. Our Executive Director, Andria Tobin, affectionately recounts, “I am grateful for the relationships we have built with our youth, our staff, and all of our stakeholders over the last 20 years! Through our growth and our continued effort to create opportunities for our young people, we will always hold on to the importance of relationship-building to build trust and create safe spaces for cultivation and successful pathways.”


This month we want to highlight a staff member that has blown us away and continues to show up for our youth - Dakiylah "Kiwi" Tinsley! Kiwi has been a member of our team since last school year and we are so grateful for her commitment to Kid Power. She is truly an astounding team member and is absolutely rocking it! Congratulations, Kiwi, and thank you for all you do!


This holiday season, we will be collecting toys for our Kid Power elementary school students ages 6-12. Toy collection will take place through December 2nd at our offices (400 E ST SW and 421 Seward Square SE). Please only donate toys in the set price range of $25-50 per toy. Currently, we have the highest need for ages 8-10. Kid Power will not be able to accept any books, toy guns, video games, bikes, or used gifts as donations. For more info contact Ashley Hunter, at [email protected].

Photos from Kid Power's post 11/21/2022

This school year we are partnering with author, teacher, and financial literacy educator Ms. Tyronda Boone to provide a 6-week Financial Literacy program to our students at Stanton and Malcolm X Elementary. Students are learning about budgeting, money management, debt, investing, and more! The program kicked off its first week at the beginning of this month where our youth enjoyed learning about bills and the importance of budgeting for their needs.



VOICES OF KID POWER: Americorps Alum Zoe Zakin shares her favorite Kid Power moments!
Send us your video of your favorite Kid Power memory or show your support for Kid Power and our 20th Anniversary.

Photos from Kid Power's post 11/18/2022

As we come to the end of the week, we are always excited to hear about all the wonderful fun our students are having at Kid Power. In Dai’s 4th grade class, our youth had an amazing time with their Fall themed packets!


Help us welcome our new Advisory Board Member, Edward Holman! Edward serves as the Advancement Coordinator at the National Children's Museum. He received a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy from Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY. He is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree at American University School of Public Affairs.


We are so excited to announce that the Ceres Foundation has awarded us a $100,000 grant to support our mentoring program. With their help, we will continue to support our protégés while simultaneously working to expand and grow the program's capacity. Thank you Ceres Foundation for your continued support in advancing our mission!


Kid Power is looking for people ready to make a difference in the lives of DC youth! Become an In-School Literacy Tutor. Our High Impact Tutoring Program is an opportunity for dedicated volunteers to work with students during the school day to implement a research-based literacy program that will improve reading ability, school engagement, and self-confidence. Compensation starts at $16 an hour!


Today at Kid Power, we honor all who have bravely served our country.


We are so thrilled to give a special spotlight to After-School Instructor and Kid Power Alum - Barbara Kyler! We are so grateful to have her supporting our after-school program at J.O. Wilson Elementary and motivating our youth as a frontline team member.


Kid Power’s Deputy Director, Curtis Leitch joined 7 other Out-of-School-Time (OST) coalition members to meet with Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen , Ward 4 Councilmember Janeese Lewis George , At-Large Councilmember Robert White , and staff of At-Large Councilmembers Councilmember Christina Henderson and Elissa Silverman . They shared some of the issues impacting OST programs and urged the council members to eliminate the financial, bureaucratic, and political barriers that stand in the way of DC children and youth accessing excellent opportunities to learn, grow, and play. The group also advocated for improved transparency, accountability, and coordination between DC Public Schools, the Office of the State Superintendent, and the office of the Deputy Mayor for Education to ensure that OST programs receive the funding they need to serve our youth effectively. We want to express our appreciation to Curtis and the other OST members for advocating for local youth!


At Kid Power, we are committed to encouraging youth leadership through our programs. Every year, we teach our students civic engagement through hands-on experiences. Our students get the opportunity to vote for their student ambassadors. Through these elections we are empowering DC Youth to become engaged members of our community. In this spirit, do your part and vote!

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