Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower International (known as Kidpower)

Rating: 4.82 stars   129 reviews

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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  

1 person found this review helpful

I have been a pediatric occupational therapist for 28 years and was introduced to Kidpower by a friend. I was fortunate to be able to attend the training which included an eclectic and international group of instructors and attendees. The basic tenets and philosophy of teaching kids and adults how to optimize their safety should be included in every classroom. Having started as a grassroots movement in Santa Cruz 20 plus years ago, Irene and the staff keep the program and materials updated to reflect the ever changing world in which we live. I could not believe more strongly in the principles and methods used by Kidpower to educate and support safety in all our communities. I am proud to be associated with such an incredible program and group of people!

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

Have more frequent trainings.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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1 person found this review helpful

Love having some guidlines on personal safty for my five year old daughter. I tell anyone who tells me about bulling in school to look up kid power for help.

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

Have more classes!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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2 people found this review helpful

Hello, My name is Olguta Iordache and I am writting from Romania. I noticed Kidpower when I was searching for books and articles about safety and prevention of violence. I wrote to Irene van der Zande and I was pleasently surprised when she answered me right back. I support Irene work to educate people about prevention of violence and people safety.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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1 person found this review helpful

We have set up Kidpower in the Netherlands after we had a great eye opening training in Santa Cruz.
I was delighted to see how serious personal safety topics were presented in a down to earth, but fun and emotionally safe way to young children. We are still using the skills today and many kids have had great results in (re)gaining self confidence and the joy of being able to go to school and play in the neighbourhood without being afraid of bullies.

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

bring instructor training to other places in the world so it will spread more.

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

Likely

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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I'm a center director in the Netherlands. I went to the states to bring Kidpower to our country. I love the down to earth and age apropriate aproach to people safety skills.

I'm very impressed with the down to earth attitude of the workshops.
I particularly like the parents- Kids workshops where parents learn alongside their children how to address serious issues in an emotionally safe and effective manner.

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

the workshops I attended and taught

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

work together more with martial arts organisations.

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1 person found this review helpful

I took my daughter to a workshop, and she really loved it. Both my kids were excited to learn easy ways to describe their feelings, and strategies to help them deal with other kids at school who were causing problems. They like to practice the skills, and are getting good at telling me what they think the right reaction is to various situations. And we all use the trash can (a way of handling negative remarks) all the time. Overall, Kidpower is a great organization, and I wish all kids had a chance to go to the workshops.

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

California, where I see kids learning to articulate and respect their own boundaries.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Kidpower is an organization deeply committed to the safety of all people. I have been so impressed with the constant desire to improve the curriculum, to increase service, and to meet the needs of new clients. It is an organization that "walks its talk." It is run by a small group of dedicated individuals who work as an amazing team to provide life-changing skills to so many people each year. I believe everyone, from the people who process registrations or make reminder phone calls up to the Executive Director, at Kidpower strive to give their absolute best, everyday. I feel very proud to be part of the organization.

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

as an educator and an instructor with the organization.

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

getting to be a part of students learning so many life-changing skills in such a short period of time.

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

dedicated, passionate, kind, supportive, professional and deeply committed to the cause.

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

change the world (just look what it has been able to do with so much less).

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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I've been amazed to see how Kidpower skills have helped me deal with all kinds of challenges over the years, both with people I know as well as with strangers. Having these skills helps me feel more confident and a lot less worried than I felt in the days before I took my first Kidpower class. As a parent, I have more peace of mind, because I can see my kids using good, solid skills to make safer choices. It's fun and exciting to be a part of the process of helping other people figure out, in just a small amount of time, ways to take charge of their well-being every day.

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

every interaction I have with people. Kidpower skills help my valuable relationships grow stronger, and they help me enjoy a world that's full of people I don't know. I love meeting new people, and Kidpower skills help me feel safe doing that.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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I have had the honor of working with many talented and dedicated people to create curriculum, develop services, train instructors, and establish centers around the world. We have reached over 1.2 million people of all ages and abilities, especially children and women in need, with empowering, effective skills for taking charge of their emotional and physical safety. The skills we teach prepare people to use boundaries to build better relationships; advocate effectively for the well-being of themselves and others; and protect themselves and their loved ones from most bullying, molestation, assault, and abduction. Our challenge is to become much more widely known as a valuable resource to use and an important charity to support.

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

As a woman who has a lifetime commitment creating social change in a way that is both powerful and respectful, Kidpower has given me the opportunity to put my values into action. I am also personally safer and more confident because of this work.

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

find much more funding so that our services can become much more widely available both locally and internationally. I would also have Kidpower become much more widely known.

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

the connections with wonderful people from all over the world and the opportunity to help so many people have more joyful, safer lives.

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

exceptional.

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

1. Use technology much more effectively in giving people more access to our work; 2. Reach a million people a year, especially from higher risk areas; 3. Pay our staff more comfortable wages and benefits so that they can afford to do this work long run.

Ways to make it better...

I had known when we started what I do now!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding and visibility.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Please visit our website at www.kidpower.org to see our free on-line Library, sign up for our free e-newsletter,learn about our services, check out our store, and make a donation to support our work!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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KidPower has helped me gain self-confidence and turned my life around when I needed help. I learned many different ways to set boundaries and feel safe, it really changed my life both in my personal and professionnal activities. In fact, it did me so much good that I joined as a volunteer, and have been volunteering with KidPower for +10 years now.

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

my life and the lives of children, women, adults, seniors that have attended different workshops. Even as a mom of 2 daughters, we use the skills taught in the workshops and share with friends and family. It really changes lives..

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

Ways to make it better...

I could afford not to work..and could work full time instead of part-time volunteering..It is fulfilling and such a great feeling to see the change in others that attend the workshops.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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1 person found this review helpful

I think Kidpower is an extraordinary program teaching people safety skills. I hope one day that it becomes part of every school program.

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

I first encountered kidpower when looking for a program to help my daughter learn how to be safe in our own neighborhood. I loved how effectively the lessons were taught and learned by the children in the workshop ina non scary yet empowering way.

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

be overwhelmed. They do so much, so well. I am delighted to be a part of this organization.

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

The respectful manner in which they operate with the public and their own trainees and employees. They are joyful, caring, thorough, and dedicated to their mission.

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

Thoughtful, skillful, dedicated, and ethical.

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

be able to offer the program for free to all schools. Imagine a world where everyone had a chance to learn how to keep clear boundaries and get help when you need it. A world where we all knew how to work together responsibly and safely.

Ways to make it better...

I was so impressed, I couldn't imagine doing a better job.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

getting people's attention. People are so busy and distracted, but when they have a chance to stop and find out what Kidpower has to offer, they love it.

One thing I'd also say is that...

The Kidpower program is simply wonderful. The great challenge of teaching is to find a way to teach so that the student is able to actually apply the skills, not just know about something. Kidpower succeeds in changing behavior positivley and effectivly

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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