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September 30, 2012
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September 30, 2012
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As a mother who was sexually abused when I was little, I've struggled with how to keep my son safe without scaring him or being so over protective as to stifle his growth. Fortunately, my son's school PTA arranged for Kidpower to teach a parent workshop about how to talk with kids about their safety. I left that event with the most profound sense of relief - that there was a way to keep my son safe without scaring him - and empowerment - that I could help him to be safe in ways I never was. At the parent class, I bought one of Kidpower's safety comic books and used that as a way to introduce the subject with my son. He loved the comic book and insisted on reading the whole thing in one sitting! Since the parent event, my son and I have participated in several other workshops. Even though he didn't want to go to the classes before hand, afterwards, he admitted to having fun, especially during the class where he learned the physical self-defense skills. All that I've learned through Kidpower has helped me support my son to stay aware of and, sometimes, be cautious of the world around him, but not afraid. I, of course, wish there was a guarentee that nothing bad would ever happen to him, but I know that's not possible. Instead, I've done what I can, and will continue to do, to give him the best tools I know of to deal with lifes challenges, threats, and upsets. The best tools I've found come from Kidpower.

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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

September 30, 2012
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September 30, 2012
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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

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 have personally experienced this work. It is the BEST!

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No changes. Love it!

July 6, 2011
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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
3 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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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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hearing more BS than I wanted to

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

remove their non-profit status

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

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

For over more than 15 years, I'm engaged with the team of Kidpower in Montréal. My work, as volunteer took place after I personnaly had many classes with them. A wonderful experience, again and again. Confucius said something like "Honorable mean start by doing what he wants to teach and that teach it". All people from this organization that I had met - from all over the world - just simply apply to this. Be what you teach and that's an everyday lesson for me.

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

being a powerful woman, knowing how to stand for myself and others

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

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 took a full force class through Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower. It was amazing :-) When I walked into the class I was scared, nervous and really did not want to be there. By the end of the day I was still nervous but very excited to see that I had more power then I thought I had. They taught me to walk with my head held high and be proud. I re-discovered all kinds of things that should have been common sense but for some reason I was no longer able to see. I ended up loving every minute of the course. The instructors where enthusiastic, knowledgeable and very sympathetic to my situation they took to the time to help me (not just me but everybody that was there). I have been able to teach my daughter some of the things that they taught me. The skills that I learned are skills that everybody should know. I will be taking more classes with them. I will also be taking my daughter to classes as well. I would recommend there classes to anybody. The impact that they had on me will be long lived. I walked in scared and nervous and walked out proud and tall. I would endorse Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower with every ounce of my being, for everybody that would like to learn every day safety skills, boundary setting, full force safety skill… This class that I took covered all of those things and more. I can’t say enough about the whole experience. Two major thumbs up to say the least.

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Before taking this class I was scared and nervous in public settings. I can now take my daughter to the parc and enjoy it. The confidence that they gave me is amazing. The skill that I learned are priceless.

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

They were kind and knowledgeable. They had a way of making you feel at ease and instil in you that you could do it. They believed in me even when I did not.

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

Every background

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 am from Germany and I went to several instructor trainings to become a Kidpower instructor. From Germany it is a long way to go to CA and the flights are really expensive but for me it was always worth to do that. I learned a lot in the instructor trainings not only to teach children how to stay safe also for my whole life how I can protect myself and how to cope with difficult situations. Thanks a lot Kidpower!

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I am extremely impressed with their trainings.

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

Very supportive. I am extremely impressed with their trainings. Thank you for helping me learn how to stay safe!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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