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About This Program

Target Population: Youth aged 6 to 21 years who are currently in or have been in the child welfare system

For children/adolescents ages: 6 – 21

Brief Description

BEST Kids currently develops and supports one-on-one mentoring relationships between foster care youth and caring, consistent adults. The program ensures that these adult mentors are well-supported, well-trained volunteers who can provide long-term mentoring designed to help youth thrive in school, the workplace, and the community. The program combines one-on-one interactions with monthly educational peer group activities to help enrolled children achieve the goals of improved academic performance, enhanced social and life skills, and more responsible decision making. BEST Kids’ cadre of staff, board members, and advisers includes psychiatrists, psychologists, university professors, educators, and other leading advocates for at-risk youth. DC’s Children and Family Services Agency (CFSA) partners with BEST Kids to refer youth in the city’s foster care system to the mentoring program.

Program Goals:

The goals for BEST Kids are:

  • Improving academic achievement
  • Building emotional and social well-being
  • Decreasing participation in risky behaviors
  • Increasing independent living skills and career readiness

Contact Information

Krislyn Mossman
Agency/Affiliation: BEST Kids, Inc.
Phone: (202) 397-2999
Fax: (202) 397-5437

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: October 2013

Last CEBC Contact Date: February 2018

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: February 2018

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: April 2012