|BEST Kids, Inc.||
The Bottom Line
The bottom line is that mentoring works! 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.
2017 Art of the Matter
Thank you to all of our sponsors, donors, volunteers and staff that made our 5th Annual Art of the Matter event the most successful one ever. We were able to raise over $33,000 to support our programming and we had a great time doing it. We also want to congratulate all of our 2017 BEST Kids Awards winners for the difference they have made for BEST Kids and the entire DC community.
One Child at a Time
More Mentors Needed
BEST Kids' Mentor of the Month
Cara White- September 2017
Cara and Annie have been matched for just nine months, but the strength of their bond is sure to propel them into a long lasting mentorship. Their easygoing personalities and willingness to try new things made for an instant connection. They both attend BEST Kids Peer Groups regularly and frequent a local Chipotle (Annie’s favorite place). Cara is very attentive to Annie and incorporates her interests into their mentoring time. Because Annie is an aspiring poet, Cara encouraged her to participate in her very first poetry slam. Naturally, Cara was there to cheer her on that night. Cara excels as a mentor because she is kind, thoughtful and goes the extra mile to support Annie in whatever way possible. She constantly seeks guidance and welcomes feedback to ensure she is a reliable friend and amazing role model. Annie has mentioned the only way their relationship could get even better is to spend even MORE time together! Cara and Annie’s match is a prime example that a mentor’s effort and dependability leads to a positive impact on a child’s life
“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.”