Here in DC, the vast majority of the nearly 1,000 kids in foster care entered the system because of neglect or abuse. So BEST Kids offers them something they desperately need: consistent encouragement and support from a caring adult. BEST Kids provides long-term, one-on-one mentoring and monthly peer group activities to over 160 children and youth (ages 6-21) in DCís child welfare system. Reliability is crucial, so mentors undergo extensive training and receive support from a team of staff and experts in psychiatry, education, legal advocacy, and behavior management. The average mentorship lasts over 18 months, double the national average, and in 2018, 91% of youth surveyed said they knew they could count on their mentors for support: they were actively participating in school, avoiding risky behavior, gaining self-esteem, and learning to advocate for themselves. Letís help them continue to thrive.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 6

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Prince George's County

Age Groups Served: Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Latino/Hispanic

Awards & Recognition

Virginia Mentoring Partnership- Quality Based Member- November 2015


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Budget (FY2014)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • The current budget for BEST Kids, Inc. is: $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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