Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower International (known as Kidpower)

Rating: 4.84 stars   141 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

I discovered Kidpower 4 years ago while looking for a way to keep my preschooler safe as she began exploring the world independently. I had been hesitant to talk to her about safety because I didn't want to scare her. Kidpower gave me the tools to teach her how to be aware of her surroundings and make choices to keep herself safe. And she loved practicing the skills!

We continue to learn age appropriate skills to help her stay safe as she gets older. Thanks Kidpower!

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Such a powerful message, and SO MUCH FUN! I wanted a way to talk with my 4 year old daughter about personal safety. She was getting to the age that she wasn't always near me at the park or the grocery store. I found Kidpower's articles and comic books online and began practicing role playing with her. She loved it so much that she will pull down the comics herself and ask to practice again! I hear and see her using the skills all the time. Thank you Kidpower! I will certainly use this with my son when he gets old enough to walk away!

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

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I have been a part of this organization for over 15 years and one thing that sticks out is that this is an organization that continually wants to develop and grow on so many levels. Not just by working to reach as many people as possible with important skills, but also by constantly developing the program so it is always as updated and effective as possible.

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The first time I saw a Kidpower class I thought "Wow! This is something very unique". I had seen very many workshops for empowering women through self-defense but NOTHING like this! It is not only what is being taught but they way it is being taught that is so well thought through, compassionate and very empowering!

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

On the many faces of people praticipating in the workshops.

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

Make it more available to more people.

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

the wonderful people involved in the organization and the amazing amount of good these people do with very little funds.

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

dedicated, compassionate, powerful and loving indvividuals!

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

Do a lot!

Ways to make it better...

Kidpower was able to reach more people alla around the world.

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

how to be able to reach more people!

One thing I'd also say is 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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KIDPOWER's 25 year history of teaching safety skills to people of all ages Internationally speaks for itself. It's leaders, staff, and volunteers are motivated from their heart to make a difference in the world. Thank you to all who keep this organization offering its program worldwide!

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I'm a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who has also trained as a Kidpower instructor. I work with many children who need mental healthcare at least in part because of their experiences of not being emotionally or physically safe - through bullying, abuse, or other harm. I hope that by teaching Kidpower skills I can help future children live happier, healthier lives. The skills Kidpower teaches are valuable and practical. The way Kidpower operates is consistent with the values they espouse (which seems a rarity to me). As well as teaching young people and adults Kidpower skills in my professional life, I use Kidpower skills every day with my own kids. I would recommend it to anyone.

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As an academic, I'm trained to be a bit of a skeptic. Kidpower is a developmental, age appropriate, skill based training with demonstrated effectiveness. To me these are basic requirements for any children's educational program. Kidpower meets or exceeds these expectations. What distinguishes Kidpower is the palpable human centered Values that drive the non-profit's purpose and passion. Care, integrity, fun, respect, inclusion, love for kids. Attend a training and you just feel the Kidpower difference. Stay and you'll watch the kids having so much fun they forget they are learning safety rules.

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I came from Australia to train with Kidpower and the organisation still completely exceeded my expectations! I haven't found anyone like them! They approach learning with passion and compassion and are committed to helping all individuals acquire skills to protect themselves and others. They draw on a comprehensive program of evidence based practical skills and 25 years of experience to deliver an amazing range of teaching. Kidpower really makes a difference by engaging individuals to empower themselves with positive safety skills in a fun environment.

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Kidpower has given me fantastic tools to use as both a medical social worker and a parent. The organization is infused with respect, kind-heartedness, and a commitment to excellence. I often find myself quoting key principles like “problems should not have to be secrets” … even to adult friends! Really solid concepts to live by. Thanks, Kidpower!

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2015

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Kidpower = Integrity. Thank you Kidpower for enriching my life as a student in workshops and as a Kidpower Instructor!

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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!

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

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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.

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

my work and my personal family life.

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?

2010-7-01

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Kidpower is a wonderful organization, and provides age-appropriate, upbeat and positive training in safety skills for people of all ages. Merely thinking and talking about safety problems can create a lot of anxiety, and in Kidpower they combat that anxiety by focusing on positive practice and relevant skills. The leaders in this organization have consulted experts in the fields of education, violence prevention, law enforcement, martial arts, psychology and development to create workshops that are thoughtful, dynamic and effective.

Kidpower is also an organization that respects the people who work within it. Those who work with Kidpower are encouraged to do so in a way that is fulfilling and manageable for them. That way, no one gets burned out and bitter. This organization values clear and open communication and lives their values.

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?

2014

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Kidpower is a huge resource for kids and others worldwide. Many years of research and careful thought have gone into the basic skills and how to teach them. No other source even comes close in terms of comprehensive information and teacher training, and the resources are shared freely.
Irene van der Zande has done many walks on the beach with authorities from all over the world as part of her effort to get every grain of information she can. We've all been called to share our views and expertise. Look out, her energy is formidable--good luck keeping up! The end-result is that she has built an organization that is out there for everyone's benefit, and never settles for "the job is done."
--Carol Middleton, self defense specialist since 1971.

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

Give them more funding!

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

Very Well

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

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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