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.
Introducing a New Collaborative Program
Discover Your Sound
Discover Your Sound is a program designed by local musician Andres Gallego, among others, to offer music lessons as a bridge to strengthen relationships between youth and their mentors through learning to play an instrument together. This opportunity builds confidence in youth by teaching them a skill they can develop into adulthood, and also gives them a positive outlet that allows for healthy self expression.
Discover Your Sound is a collaborative program among Guitars Not Guns Music Program, BEST Kids, and local volunteer musicians. Guitars Not Guns provides music equipment and curriculum for the lessons, the local musicians provide their musical expertice, and BEST Kids provides the mentoring pairs and the music equipment for the adult mentors. This program launches for the first time on July 1st, 2014 with 6 mentoring pairs. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about this program.
“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.”