Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower International (known as Kidpower)

Rating: 4.82 stars   126 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Education, Crime & Law, Bullying

Location: PO Box 1212 Santa Cruz CA 95061 USA

Mission: Vision: To work together to create cultures of caring, respect and safety for everyone, everywhere. Mission: To teach people of all ages and abilities how to stay safe, act wisely, and believe in themselves.
Results: Kidpower has served over 2 million people with empowering and effective self-protection, confidence-building, advocacy, and personal safety skills. People who have participated in our programs and used our educational materials have said that our programs have prepared them and the people important to them to build better relationships and protect themselves from most bullying, abuse, assault, and abduction.
Target demographics: Kidpower serves people of all ages and abilities, especially children in need, individuals with disabilities, and survivors of domestic violence and childhood abuse.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 20,000 through workshops and over 200,000 through educational resources
Geographic areas served: We serve people locally, across the US, and around the world through trainings, educational resources, and consultations. Our US Centers include: California (offices in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area including Peninsula, East Bay, South Bay, North Bay; Monterey Bay, Los Angeles, and San Diego), Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Texas. and Vermont. Our international Centers include Argentina, Canada (British Columbia and Quebec), Germany, India, Lebanon, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and Vietnam,We also have Advocates working with our organization in Pakistan, South Africa, and Vietnam.
Programs: Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower International provides an extensive free on-line Library used by individuals and organizations worldwide; affordable publications used by families, schools, and youth organizations for their own bullying and abuse prevention programs; and positive and practical workshops. Our organization provides curriculum development, training of instructors, quality assurance, and center development support for our services everywhere. Within California, we organize and teach workshops through offices in different communities. Last year, internationally, Kidpower served an estimated 50,000 children, teens, and adults, including those with special needs, through our People Safety skills workshops, parent education, training of professionals, and educational resources. About 40% were served through direct workshops and an estimated 60% were served through our educational resources. Of everyone served, over 20,000 were in California, and 30,000 were in different locations around the US and the world.

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

My 14 year old daughter and friend just attended a workshop in Palo Alto. Although long, it was well worth the time. I think it really gave them the tools to think about how to handle themselves in uncomfortable situations, how to protect themselves, and how to deal with others in a variety of settings. The instructor was very professional and knowledgeable. Although my daughter would not have chosen to go on her own, she did believe that it was time well spent and gave my husaband and me a full run down afterwards.

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I have a 10 year-old son who is autistic and a 7 year-olddaughter and have been looking for resources to teach safety to our kids without fear and without discrimination. When I looked for info on the web, I found the excellent Kidpower web site and books. My son and daughter and I read the cover page of the coloring book last night, and they coloured it in. We are now practicing that page.

As I looked through the Kidpower book, I recognized how much it can help my children. My son, being autistic, doesn't always know the best way to solve a problem. They say that social stories help autistic kids learn what to do. And I find that each page of the Kidpower safety book is like a social story. It gives examples of what to do and not do (with your hands), and what to say.


I'm sure these Kidpower stories and skills will give my son the knowledge and self-confidence he needs to act in appropriate ways in the future when someone disrespects him or doesn't follow the rules.


The Kidpower website and program provide an important service that can help many families.

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1 person found this review helpful

My 11 year old daughter and I took the course last weekend and I was impressed. Kidpower did a great job of arming the kids in the class with the confidence and tools to keep themselves safe without scaring them. They also opened the door to talking about safety and increased independence with parents. I loved that one of the first things the instructor said was that in order for kids to be aware they had to put away their cell phones - thank you!

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I took a Kidpower class with my son (age 11).

This is a very well put-together class taught by very experienced teachers.
It is obvious that the material has been fine-tuned and perfected over the years
with input from various experts. The take-home materials allow parents to continue
and solidify the lessons imparted in the class. The price is very fair.

I'm going to recommend this organization to my friends. They are providing a very
important service.

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I have taken a few Kidpower classes, and the skills have really helped me feel much safer and more comfortable both out in public and in my personal relationships. My Kidpower skills give me the confidence of knowing how to avoid problems when possible, and how to keep myself safe if a problem is unavoidable. Because of these skills I am not afraid to go out and about and I cannot overstate what a wonderful set of skills Kidpower teaches in a safe, non-threatening environment. The teachers were warm and friendly and were helpful answering questions and explaining the material. I am very pleased with my experiences with Kidpower and would recommend them highly to anyone looking to take a personal safety class. Kidpower is awesome!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

My girlfriend and I took a Fullpower course several months ago after several increasingly scary incidents that we encountered both in the small city of Santa Cruz and in SF. Even with a background in martial arts and wrestling, I still got A LOT out of the physical skills presented at the workshop. The padded instructors are incredibly skilled individuals who generally do this as a second job, because THEY CARE about the safety of the community at large.

The verbal skills presented are invaluable for all ages, and I immediately noticed a changed in my girlfriend's perception of potentially dangerous situations and quick thinking in the event that someone might approach her at night. It has given both of us a peace of mind and I would recommend the workshop to not only all children, but adults as well.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Fund it to be available to all disadvantaged communties.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Likely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

We are so grateful to have Kidpower skills and vocabulary as an integral part of our family dialogue about not just safety, but also relationships. This morning my 5-year-old daughter said, "Mom, I have to tell you something about safety." I used my get-centered power and I smiled at her and said, "tell me all about it." She told me about some teasing and mean language among some of the kids at school and she wanted to know what some of the words meant. We had a talk on the way to school about friendship, how problems don't have to be secrets, using and teaching others the Kidpower trash can, and standing up for what is right. By the time we got to school for drop-off she was telling me she was ready to speak up if it happened again and help the kids who were getting teased. She had the words to say and the confidence to say them. She was smiling and happy and excited for her day. Thank you Kidpower!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nationalize it so that the curriculum could be taught in every school, from daycare through the university level for teaching preparation programs, MBAs and trade schools. The skills and the approach is tried and true for fostering safe, open, respectful and caring communication - that's needed everywhere.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I use Kidpower skills with my 23-month old daughter ALL THE TIME! Just last weekend, when we were on a family trip, we used the Kidpower Safety Signs with her constantly. Every time I pat my arm, she remembers that she needs to "Check First" with mom and dad. She also uses "Hands Down Power" when we're around things we don't want her to touch. These may sound like little things, but they make a big difference in our lives as parents!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Offer more classes! I have family in other areas that are interested but can't take classes themselves.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

My favorite part here is how Ed van der Zande, famous for the pension/financial scandal in Santa Cruz, is the husband of the co-founder and actively involved in their day to day financial operations. I guess newspaper records aren't as searchable then as they are now, plus memories are short.

So then, you put a fox in charge of the hen house, eh? I was at a party where he told a group of citizens how he faked the remodeling plans for his house (making it look like offices for the non-profit were other rooms, like a dining room, by pretending it was an open plan when in fact they built walls).

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Shut it down.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

None

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2005

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The beauty of Kidpower is in it's simplicity and involvement of individuals in their own safety. By not just learning but practicing safety skills people are more prepared to deal with threatening situations, defend their boundaries and advocate for themselves.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

The Kidpower organization is made up of wonderfully dedicated and passionate individuals who believe "Life is more fun when you're safe!" There are many nonprofits focused on how to deal with or defend yourself against violence or bullying once it occurs but Kidpower focuses on how to act, talk, react, walk and behave on a daily basis to avoid being the target of bullying, abduction, violence, predators or other dangers. They advocate practicing safety skills in a hands-on fun, interactive and non-threatening way. The Kidpower method is focused on learning through doing and that's what makes it so effective with kids of all ages, seniors, adults with disabilities and everyone who learns better through getting involved!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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