BEST Kids seeks to promote better futures for youth in the District of Columbia’s child welfare system by developing and supporting one-on-one mentoring relationships between the youth and caring, consistent adults.
Mentoring DC's Foster Care Youth
BEST Kids Mentoring Program™ is guided by the belief that all children are talented. Through our one-on-one volunteer mentoring, our extensive training, staff support and our experiential-learning-based peer group, we encourage our youth to discover and develop their unique skills and abilities. Beginning with children as young as six and continuing, as needed, until adulthood, BEST Kids Mentoring Program™ works to enable youth to develop a positive sense of self, to acquire teamwork and group social skills, and to become productive members of society.
2015 Superhero 5K & Fun Run
Our 3rd Annual Superhero 5K & Fun Run is right around the corner. We are celebrating the everyday heroes that make a positive difference in the lives of youth in DC's foster care while also raising funds to support the BEST Kids mission. There are many ways to participate in this fun event including running/walking the race, becoming a sponsor, donating, or volunteering. See our event page for more information.
BEST Kids Receives Contract Award
After several years of partnership with DC's Child and Family Services Agency's (CFSA) Volunteer Mentoring Partnership grant, BEST Kids has been selected to receive a new contract award that will enable a continued relationship with CFSA in providing our mentoring program for DC's foster youth. With this new contract, BEST Kids is happy to announce that we will expand our capacity to serve 60% more youth and provide our mentors with more resources and training opportunities to further improve the quality of programming we provide. As a result of this program growth, BEST Kids will be adding new employees over the course of the next year and will be more actively recruiting volunteer mentors to meet our increased need. We look forward to the continued support from the community that will enable us to successfully develop our program in the coming years.
Thank you to all who helped us to exceed our fundraising goal for our end of the year giving campaign. Your support goes a long way to help us achieve our mission.
“BEST Kids helped me by showing me things that I wouldn’t have been able to do, and they pushed me forward so when I get older I’ll be able to do these things on my own.”