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September 30, 2012
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September 30, 2012
2 people found this review helpful

We were excited to take our 3-yr-old daughter to her first Starting Strong Kidpower workshop over the summer. I read the Kidpower book as part of my interests in teaching and later as a soon-to-be parent. So we had been talking about some of the ideas around stopping mean words, sharing and taking turns, etc. But then we took the class and she just blossomed. We also got the comic book and it became a favorite right away. The cartoons are understandabe even to a pre-reader. The skills are presented step by step. And her fascination with some of the stories has made things like making safety plans to avoid getting lost in the store AP much easier. She loves to practice and she loves all her various "powers" to be safe. Kidpower has made conversations about worries so much easier and interesting rather than scary for all of us. And our ability to advocate for her is so much cleaner - we have clear language for describing problems in respectful ways that other parents pick up in and start to use as well!

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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?

2012

March 8, 2012
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March 8, 2012
2 people found this review helpful

I felt bullied. Ironic. I had to attend, as the other custodial parent signed us up. This group is BEYOND crazy - so egotistical and untrained and, HONESTLY, well . . . bullies. I would like for someone, in one of these reviews, to talk about the real experience. DO NOT SIGN YOUR KIDS UP FOR THIS. I think one day one parent will sue. We need an anti-KP support group.

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

None

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

No

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Badly

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 11, 2011

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1 previous review
July 29, 2010

I became a Kidpower instructor many years ago because Kidpower is an organization with enormous integrity. I teach the Kidpower safety skills to my clients and their families, who tell me it is a won... more

October 11, 2011

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and I provide psychotherapy primarily to sexually abused children and their families. Many of my clients also have developmental disabilities such as Down Syndrome or other cognitive delays. In addition to teaching skills that help prevent abuse and assault, I have found that my clients who go through a Kidpower workshop are helped significantly in their recovery process from abuse. This is because the children AND their caring adults learn to regain their power, their body integrity and their abilty to take charge of situations and stay safe. Thank you Kidpower!

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

July 29, 2010
1 person found this review helpful

I became a Kidpower instructor many years ago because Kidpower is an organization with enormous integrity. I teach the Kidpower safety skills to my clients and their families, who tell me it is a wonderful and necessary adjunct to their healing from trauma.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my work and my personal family life.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

it has enriched my professional practice, and also my personal family life and relationships with loved ones.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

professional, helpful and knowledgeable.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide safety skills to those who need them most but cannot access the services due to money, transportation, language and other barriers.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

October 6, 2011
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October 6, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

Kidpower is the most empowering, effective program that I know. There are very few things that you can teach in such a short time that will have such a long-term impact on someone's ability to take charge of their personal safety and build their confidence. This is an organization with tremendous integrity and competence.

I have been proud to volunteer my time and expertise to Kidpower since this organization began in 1989.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the impact of services on my loved ones and others I know.

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

ensure that there is adequate, ongoing funding.

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

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?

2011

How did you learn about this organization?

Through my family and friends.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

increase visibility on the Internet. Become much more widely known for it's expertise.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Creating a sustainable infrastructure.

July 6, 2011
4 people found this review helpful

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1 previous review
May 8, 2011

Someone once told me - if everyone is thinking alike then somebody isn't thinking. Five stars, unanimously, across the board? Odd. Except for one or two reviews? Super huge clue they are having the... more

July 6, 2011
4 people found this review helpful

After calling them to give them feedback, my general impression is even lower than it was before. If you think a class is bad, try disagreeing with them after.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

unhelpful (and apparently unpaid, eh?) staff members.

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

give my money to some other organization, and call it a day.

May 8, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

Someone once told me - if everyone is thinking alike then somebody isn't thinking.

Five stars, unanimously, across the board? Odd. Except for one or two reviews? Super huge clue they are having their staff write (and churn) reviews.

Bad form. While not prohibited, staff reviews
are discouraged, and many of these reviewers specifically identify themselves as staff.

I attended a workshop. under pressure from other parents in my kids age range.

Total BS. Tons of common sense, with a healthy dose of fear mongering and fund raising.

Thanks for the cult induction, but I haven't sipped the Kool Aid.

They teach your kids just enough to get in trouble, but not enough to defend themselves. It's self defense - light - kind of, not effectively.

If you are impressed by their supposed "martial arts" credentials, then make sure you research their co-founder, Timothy Dunphy. He claims to be able to heal people by connecting their "chi" with their "aura" via music and light. (http://www.chiaura.com/)

If you believe that, sign your kids up for a Kidpower workshop and "believe" they are safer.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

hearing more BS than I wanted to

Ways to make it better...

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

remove their non-profit status

June 4, 2011
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June 4, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

Every once in a rare while, a person may be able, if they are lucky, to come across someone who is kind, extremely generous, has a lot of brains and the gumption and willpower to see something through to the very end.

Well, I was fortunate to find TWO of these people!

And they
founded KIDPOWER.

I have had the pleasure of working with both of these brilliant kind hearted, selfless individuals for years.

Irene, over 7 years side by side in the KIDPOWER office and Timothy Dunphy much longer through the martial arts.

While knowing personally how miraculous KIDPOWER can and does help change lives on a daily basis through their non-profit outreach self protection program, which is unparalleled, I find it an undeniable time to give praise where praise is due.

This program would not exist without the selfless brilliance and endless years of hard work of the two co-founders.

If I sound a bit exaggerated, believe me, that is just not possible.

Irene and Timothy had an idea and GAVE OF THEMSELVES so others could be safe.

And they continue to do so.

What can be more amazing than that?

I can think of only one thing. What they created. KIDPOWER

Written with love and admiration,

Master Carol Mikols
Owner/Director
Aptos Martial Arts Academy
Aptos, CA.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have personally experienced this work. It is the BEST!

Ways to make it better...

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

No changes. Love it!

June 3, 2011
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June 3, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

My name is James Shang, I am a martial arts and self defence instructor in Australia. For over 30 years I have ben providing self defence training. Through a book by Gavin De Becker I came across KidPower. After researching KidPower i ordered their instructors manual and was amazed at content. The KidPower drills and lesson plans have exponentially increased the effectiveness of our Kids Safety Classes. I actually took holidays so I could immerse myself in the book. I can assure you the 5 star rating is well and truly deserved. KidPower do a brilliant job at providing the most effective and fun way to teach Children how to keep safe.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My students understand and retain important vital personal safety lessons and have alot of fun Thanks to KidPower. KidPower is making a massive diffference to the self confidence, self belief , self esteem, self worth and personal safety to kids around the world.

Ways to make it better...

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

let more people know about wonderful work they do....

October 7, 2010
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October 7, 2010
1 person found this review helpful

I'm a kindergarten teacher in Switzerland and I've got two little girls myself. I think Kidpower is great! This organization is doing a very important job! The workshops are big fun and the kids learn how to be safe in everyday situations! I wished, every child and all parents could do a Kidpower workshop over here... :)

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing how "strong" my kids feel :)

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

October 5, 2010
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October 5, 2010
1 person found this review helpful

I loved that we all learnt skills that can be used not only in potentially dangerous situations but in everyday life. My children now have strategies to deal with their interactions with each other, family members and their friends.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the way that my children interact with each other when things are not going well. In many cases this is just sorting through the brother sister daily rivalry

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the teaching style, friendliness and the way my children 'GOT' the skills.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

October 5, 2010
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October 5, 2010
1 person found this review helpful

My daughter, who was the victim of a murder attempt at school, has taken both Kidpower and Teenpower classes. She learned so much so fast, so many skill to keep her safe in so many different situations, from bullying to kidnapping attempts from insults to assault, and all in a warm, caring, nurturing environment. She made a 100% turn-around from a shy, frightened, anxious child, to a confident, skilled, relaxed child. The price is quite inexpensive, just to cover costs, and the amazing instructors are all volunteers. Because they care. If every person had the opportunity to take a Kidpower workshop, the world would be a safer place for everyone. I particularly like the fact that Kidpower will work with anyone - young child, teen, elderly, people in wheelchairs, the mentally handicapped. Why? Because everyone deserves the right to feel safe.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The change in my duaghter's life, her attitude, and her ability to stay safe.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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