|BEST Kids, Inc.||
BEST Kids is a nonprofit mentoring organization that empowers youth in foster care to build better futures, one child at a time.
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 world is full of everyday heroes that often go unnoticed. We took the opportunity to celebrate these heroes at our 3rd Annual Superhero 5K & Fun run for making a positive impact in the lives of youth in DC's foster care. We had our best ever turnout and were able to raise funds to support our mentoring program for these youth. Thank you to all of the sponsors, participants, donors, staff, and volunteers who helped make this event successful and a fun-filled day.
BEST Kids Mentor of the Month
Kathryn Gillon - April 2015
Kathryn and her mentee Adrian have been matched for two years. During that time, Kathryn has been able to see a lot of growth and development in Adrian and expose him to a variety of experiences. Kathryn and Adrian are two of our lead musicians in our “Discover Your Sound” music program where they are both learning guitar together. They are definitely a mentoring pair that both “show up” together – meaning they both bring a lot of themselves to the mentoring relationship. Kathryn always goes above and beyond her hourly requirements as a mentor, and time she dedicates to Adrian has really paid off. Kathryn and Adrian have a fantastic relationship that we cannot wait to see continue to grow!
“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.”