Our Story


Everybody Wins! DC (EW!DC) is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting children’s literacy and a love of learning through shared reading experiences with caring individuals. The U.S. Senate helped launch the Power Lunch program at Brent Elementary School in Washington, DC on March 7, 1995. During the 2015-2016 school year, EW!DC operated programs in 39 low-income public elementary schools, enriching the lives of more than 6,000 children in underserved communities throughout the Washington Metropolitan Area.



Mission Statement


The mission of EW!DC is to pair students with Reading Mentors to instill a love of reading and learning and foster a sense of self-esteem. The ideas behind our mission remain simple and straightforward, yet can bring about profound change in the lives of young students: expose children to literature, give them a positive role model, inspire them to read and you will make a difference in their lives. EW!DC implements two programs:



The Need


One of the most critical problems facing our country today is functional illiteracy and illiteracy is a problem that is particularly evident in our city. Read more.


Proven Results


Plain and simple our programs work. Now in its 22nd year of operations, EW!DC has had a quantifiable impact on the students we serve. Students who participate in our two reading programs benefit greatly from their participation, as their reading skills and self-esteem improve. Read our Proven Results.


EW!DC is honored to have received a variety of recognition for our work: Awards.

"Seeing her become more confident and her love of reading increase has been such a joy to watch."
"It's mostly fun to read and watch her become such a confident reader and learn to love reading as much as I do. She is one of my best friends."
"When an adult helps a child, it tells that child how special they are. We send a message to the child- you are important to me- that is powerful and undeniable."
"It's a fantastic program, and I think the mentors get as much, if not more, than the student. You meet wonderful kids and have lots of fun."
"When I read, I learn and grow-- you know, like Jack and the Beanstalk kind of growing and that's really big!"
"I wish Everybody Wins was everyday!"