Kidpower is amazing. Instead of adding fear around subjects like molestation, assault, harassment, violence, and bullying, they give positive skills-- boundaries, stranger safety, noticing things beginning to feel unsafe and taking action. Kippower puts complicated topics into simple language that actually works, and you think "Wow! Why didn't I think to just say it like that?" I've seen Kidpower change kids and parent's behavior and interactions for the better. Great program, and everyone in the org is truly dedicated and passionate.
Kidpower not only teaches positive social safety skills it also embodies it. In the 23 years I know Kidpower, it has grown to an international organisation without loosing its focus on people, continuously evaluating and developing. I especially love how it works for people in all corners of the world.
I first learned more about Kidpower to help others but it helped me in many many ways to be more successful in dealing with difficult situations.
Kidpower's workshops for kids and for teens have brought me and my family huge peace of mind over the years. As my kids were growing up, it was easy to think about all the things I was afraid of, like bullying and molestation and abduction, but I knew I didn't want to burden my kids with those worries.
Kidpower skills and methods helped me to learn how to focus on the skills I want my kids to know rather than on the harm that scared me. This change in perspective made everything easier! Instead of worrying if they were ready to do something, like go on overnights or walk downtown, I focused my energy on practicing skills - and I noticed that my own belief and confidence in their skills grew! Giving them new freedom got much easier, because I had a clearer sense of their skills.
Kidpower boundary skills strengthened our relationships at home - this was an unexpected benefit! The boundary skills that have helped them over the years to manage relationships with friends - and deal effectively with bullying and harassment - have also helped them communicate more effectively with each other and with me. What a gift this has been!
Both my kids decided to take big trips on their own after turning 18. One worked and traveled in Europe; the other hiked the Appalachian Trail. On the days they left, I felt grateful beyond belief that they were carrying their Kidpower skills with them. I knew they would face possible problems - and I knew they had skills and confidence to take action and put safety first.
I work with families raising children who are deaf or hard of hearing through a nonprofit called Hands & Voices. When we found that "our kids" face higher rates of victimization than typically hearing kids, we looked for ways to prevent that. Through our partnership with Kidpower, we now share information with each new family we meet about prevention strategies they can use with babies to teens. Kidpower has even adapted some resources and even specific workshops for "our kids," emphasizing the areas we know kids with hearing loss and their parents need explicitly spelled out. I can't recommend the organization enough in its wise and calm approach to helping all kids develop the life-long ability to set boundaries, to listen to their own intuition, and to put safety first. Our parents say they are grateful for Kidpower's resources, and so are we.
Both my teens have taken the Teenpower classes and have learned so much about staying safe in the world. I highly recommend the classes and this non-profit. They do amazing work: teaching safety skills in an empowering way! So needed! Thank you Kidpower!
Our daughter learned to feel strong if she is approached by a predator. She has a clear idea of what to do. "Stop right there!" and physical defense.
Offers a great class for teens, ages 13-17. A "must do" class for both genders.
Kidpower has been an amazing resource in our community. I was first introduced to it after a scary incident involving an eight year old in our town. When everyone was filled with fear, Kidpower was able to address our issues while remaining positive and helping kids find empowerment in the middle of a difficult time. Their approach of ensuring that parents and children walk away with the same understanding of communication and expectations is so powerful. Since then, they have done safety training in my son's school and he has learned so much. He knows why he should walk away from threatening situations and how to feel more empowered to have his voice heard. What a positive and important message for our young people!
My three-year-old uses her Kidpower language ALL THE TIME! We play a game where I tickle her and as soon as she wants to, she puts her hands up and says, "Please stop!" Then she waits a second and says, "GO!" and I tickle her again! I love knowing that she's playing when she really wants to. Kidpower helps her feel safe making her own choices about what she likes and doesn't like, and helps her feel comfortable checking in with me whenever she's worried or confused.
My daughter's preschool gave us a Kidpower Coloring Book. As I read through it with my two daughters, I was so happy to have a way to talk about safety in a fun non-scary way and it was so simple! Since then, we have learned so much about staying safe with and around people, setting boundaries and self advocacy to build healthy relationships. Kidpower has helped my husband and I become better communicators and parents. We are truely a Kidpower family! Now, we are stong supporters of Kidpower by volunteering and making sure everyone knows about this extraordinary Nonprofit!