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 Mentor of the Month
Sarann Nuon - December 2014
December's Mentor of the Month is Sarann Nuon. Sarann and Safarya’s match has definitely had its ups and downs, but through it all Sarann has been positive and persistent. Sarann consistently goes out of her way to introduce Safarya to new experiences, and although Safarya can be a little apprehensive at first about these outings, she almost always ends up enjoying herself. In December, Sarann took Safarya to Eden Center in Northern Virginia, where most of the shops and restaurants are owned and operated by Vietnamese folks. They walked around and ate some authentic Vietnamese food, which Safarya really enjoyed. Later in the month they went to the Air & Space museum in Chantilly, and Safarya (who wasn’t especially excited at first) was really impressed with the space shuttles there and eventually admitted that she had a good time. We’re thankful for mentors like Sarann who stick with it and keep encouraging their mentees to try new experiences and be open to new things.
“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.”