Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower International (known as Kidpower)

Rating: 4.84 stars   142 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  

1 person found this review helpful

Kid Power is an amazing resource for everyone! All their work to end bullying with helpful stories and advice helped me as teacher work to create a safe place in my school and beyond.

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

Host more clinics!

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

Life-changing

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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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My daughter has taken 3 KidPower Classes and as a result of what she learned a much more confident and competent fourteen year old. I found the self defense portion of the class so valuable. Kidpower has found the perfect recipe of how to explain to a child that scary things can happen without scaring them. Instead Kidpower empowers children. They were able to explain and teach in ways that I as a parent could not master.
Thank you kidpower. You are saving lives and helping us to raise children who thrive.

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

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Very Well

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2014

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3 people found this review helpful

Run, don't walk, to a Kidpower class. If there are conversations about 'strangers' or personal space or safety that you feel ill-equipped to have with your child(ren), let the experts help out! Kidpower basically initiates these conversations and then gives your kids the voice, words and actions to use in a number of situations.

It was money - and prime Sunday hours - well-spent!

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

A lot

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Definitely

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Very Well

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2014

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1 person found this review helpful

Kidpower is fantastic. It offers age-appropriate, positive, empowering, effective tools in a very positive context. It allows children to both "nourish their hopes and not their fears" and be prepared to make the safest choices for themselves. The teaching is excellent, the role-plays are fun, and the comic book continues to engage our daughter, reminding her of the tools we learned in class.

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

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2013

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As a parent of a 5 year old and a 2 year old, I found their workshop to be very informative, entertaining and applicable. The thing that impressed me most, is how well the material was conveyed to both the parents and the children in the room. My son and I now have a common language that we can use to discuss topics around safety and empowerment. The follow up materials (the included comic book) was a hit with my son and he likes to go back and read it with me from time to time. It is an extremely effective way to reinforce the topics that we had discussed during the workshop so that he can apply the principles on a daily basis.

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

A lot

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Definitely

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Very Well

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2013

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2 people found this review helpful

My 8 year old son was just harassed on our block by three older neighborhood boys. He came home crying and sad. When I asked him about what had happened he told me the story. Despite being upset by the experience - he had actually followed Kidpower personal safety rules that he'd learned in the two workshops he's attended! I was happy to hear that he had followed his safety rules: he didn't answer them back (used his mouth-closed power); didn't get closer to them but rode away (used his move-away power); came home immediately (went to safety) and told me (got help). THIS is Kidpower in action. When a child can use skills from a workshop to stay safe in the moment - that spells success!

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

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Very Well

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2013

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I had heard fabulous things from parents in my community about Kidpower. I took my daughter to a Kidpower Workshop when she was 5 years old and was amazed at the valuable and relevant information! But I was also impressed with how fun, interactive, and the non-feared based ways in which the skills were taught. There was nothing scary about learning how to be safe around people! I realized after that class that both my children needed a Kidpower class - but not just once. They will each attend every year of their lives until adulthood. People safety skills are like water and bike safety skills - they need to be lived and practiced daily. I sincerely believe every child and teen needs and deserves a Kidpower Teenpower class every year.

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

How much confidence my daughter has when having to set boundaries with her friends and also with strangers.

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

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

How consistently positive and proactive they are - their workshops as well as their timely and relevant e-newsletters.

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

Upbeat, positive, helpful and caring.

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

Change an entire population of children and teens, w hich would change how people relate to one another exponentially. If kids and teens could feel safe, set boundaries and feel empowered in their world - who knows how much could transform on his planet!

Ways to make it better...

My husband had attended so he could have learned what my daughter and I did!

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

How to get the word out to more and more potential clients, schools, families, communities...

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

If communities and schools were interpersonally progressive they would be doing everything and anything to get Kidpower and Teenpower skills taught to their youth.

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2008-1-01

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Kidpower gave me the language that allows me to easily talk to my son about being safe in a variety of situations. For example, I can simply explain why he can't do certain things without getting into a power struggle, and because we can talk about what he would do in certain situations, I have the confidence I need to allow him to grow in his independence (for example, dealing with public bathrooms now that he is too old to go into the ladies room with me - thank you, Kidpower!)

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

get them funding so they could bring the price down so that more people would do it. It's worth every penny, but people seem to bulk at anything over $40 and they are missing out on important info!

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

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Very Well

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2013

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2 people found this review helpful

I am absolutely in love with this organization and attribute their teachings to protecting and empowering both my children and I. I have attended numerous workshops with Kidpower and find them to be exceptional. They are power based, not fear based. This is not about Stranger Danger, this is about teaching children to look, listen and be strong, to talk, to have a voice, to use it, to help them selves and to help others. Many times my children have used what they have learned from Kidpower, as have I. When tragic events happen the first thing I do is suggest Kidpower programs to those in need. So often people feel helpless or lost when they have heard of an event that places lives in jeopardy of when something painful has happened to them or those they know. Kidpower helps to remove those feelings and replace them with strength, dignity and power.

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

assure that their presence is known and accessible to all families with children of all ages so that everyone in our county and beyond is able to have the confidence that comes from Kidpower programs.

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

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2013

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1 person found this review helpful

My daughter took a Kidpower workshop two years ago at age 12, and it increased her skills, awareness and confidence. She's small and slight for her age, so it also helped lessen my anxiety about her safety. Now that she is in a large high school with an open campus, I plan to take her back to Kidpower for another workshop to refresh and add to her skills. Kidpower provides an excellent and unique community service.

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

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Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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1 person found this review helpful

We had an excellent workshop for adults and we learned so much! Easy things to help our kids be safe, and feel empowered. I would recommend Kidpower highly!

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

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Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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