Alternate Name: Providing Opportunities with Educational Readiness

Organization: United Planning Organization

Kids want and need to know that the adults in their lives are invested in their future and committed to helping make their dreams come true.
Providing Opportunities with Educational Readiness (P.O.W.E.R.) is a six-year program designed to help young people in DC’s Ward 8 do well in middle school and high school and ensure that they are academically and emotionally prepared to continue their education after graduation.
P.O.W.E.R. students participate in a wide variety of afterschool, weekend, and summertime activities, including STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) programming and nationally recognized competitions, college readiness lessons, field trips and fairs, and workshops that teach students and their families how to get financial help and prepare for future job opportunities.
And the numbers show that P.O.W.E.R. really delivers! 30 of the program’s first group of 40 students enrolled in college after graduating high school, and P.O.W.E.R. participants have earned a total of $1.5 million in college scholarships.
We work with many other organizations to offer P.O.W.E.R. workshops and services, including Bowie State University, DC College Access Program, Sasha Bruce Teen Outreach Program, Patriots Technology, Future Resource Learning, Wards 7 & 8 DC Prevention Centers, and the Tau Gamma Delta Sorority of Washington, DC.
Application: For more information about P.O.W.E.R., contact UPO Youth Services Program Case Manager Kenny Carroll at 202-610-2014.
Service Category: Education
Related Program:
  • Youth Services

    Success in school sets the path for success in life. Our team educates, motivates, and encourages DC’s youth on their journey inside, outside, and beyond the classroom! UPO’s Youth Services Division is here to help keep your child fulfilled, focused, and moving forward throughout the day and over the years. Our education and enrichment programs for first-graders to high school seniors are designed to make kids feel better about themselves, improve their academic and social skills, and become productive members of society. We also provide family support services to help create a supportive, nurturing setting for children and their families to develop, grow, and succeed.

UPO Anacostia Community Service Center
1649 Good Hope Rd SE Washington DC 20020

(202) 610-5900

Ralph Waldo 'Petey' Greene Community Service Center
2907 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE Washington DC 20032

(202) 562-3800