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  

2 people found this review helpful

I took a Fullpower class and learned so much about myself and skills to stay safe. I had doubts about the class but afterwards I was really glad I attended!

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My favorite part here is how Ed van der Zande, famous for the pension/financial scandal in Santa Cruz, is the husband of the co-founder and actively involved in their day to day financial operations. I guess newspaper records aren't as searchable then as they are now, plus memories are short.

So then, you put a fox in charge of the hen house, eh? I was at a party where he told a group of citizens how he faked the remodeling plans for his house (making it look like offices for the non-profit were other rooms, like a dining room, by pretending it was an open plan when in fact they built walls).

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

Shut it down.

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No

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None

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2005

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2 people found this review helpful

I first took the Kidpower course with my children when they were ages 4 & 6. My daughter was the older child, & even a year later when we might be talking about a topic related to relationships or personal boundaries, she would say, "Well, Kidpower says... " That speaks volumes to how easily the concepts are learned by children because of how Kidpower teaches them. Even today, 8 years later, I can still reference some of the skills & relationship concepts we were taught as a way I know my children will understand from their experience with Kidpower.

This is an excellent program & because the things that are taught are done so in a way which is so user-friendly, I seriously recommend it to everyone I know (to people personally, as well as schools, churches, & other organizations of which I am a part. My children's school actually hired Kidpower to conduct workshops at the school!).

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Likely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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1 person found this review helpful

Kidpower has changed my life since the moment I took my son to a workshop three years ago. I had no idea how simple it could be to teach my kids how to be safe without provoking their anxiety -- and that this could actually be a fun, bonding experience for us! Kidpower as an organization has been exceptionally responsive, warm and caring as I have sought out not only workshops but online resources to meet the needs of my various family members as well as our school community. Kidpower just makes sense! I wish everyone, everywhere had access to Kidpower.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Love the KidPower messages, Irene always send such great information and I always pass this information to my family and friends. Keep up the good work in protecting our kids!

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1 person found this review helpful

Kidpower really taught my daughter her
Voice and how to use it. It gave us many useful tools for everyday life.
Kidpower was able to do that and we all had fun learning and practicing.
The four hours really went by very quickly. I will definitely do a class again with my other daughter.
Thank you kidpower!

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Life-changing

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2014

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1 person found this review helpful

Kidpower is an amazing program that should be required in every public school in America, annually. We teach our children so much but with child safety issues we still need to increase education. I attended an afternoon class that some concerned parents put together. Kidpower came and not only had great materials to read through after the class was over, but they role played many different difficult situations in a calm approach that was helpful to our children, but not overwhelmed them. Doing it correct the first time in a practice situation will only increase our children's chances of being about to make the right decisions in difficult situations whether it be lost in a store, talking to strangers or have a close family friend or even family member cross inappropriate boundaries. The comic book we took home continues to reinforce the correct learned responses. Kidpower is a priceless gift to give children and teens. And it is never too early to teach our children how to have their own power!

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

I would like to see this company funded more and for it to continue to grow to the point every child in America knows they do have power, kid power!

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Life-changing

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2013

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1 person found this review helpful

I was gifted the kidpower book by my sister for my daughter, I have found that very useful. Post that I bought the kidpower book for caring adults. The book is very useful , I have used and discussed with my daughter and she has found it very useful and learnt the skills . I am absolutely a great admirer of this organisation. Would like to volunteer for them when they are in India.

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

Spread training centres across the world

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Definitely

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Life-changing

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2013

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2 people found this review helpful

I've been to a workshop with my daughter and granddaughter and my granddaughter loved it and learned some skills that she likes using. I am a family law attorney and I routinely carry a kidpower coloring workbook in my briefcase. When I see a bored, cranky small child in the courthouse hall who is figiting and driving his/her parent nuts, I give the pagges to them and so far, both parent and child have become interested and entertained. The materials offered by this group are very worthwhile and helpful.

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

A lot

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2013

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3 people found this review helpful

As a family law attorney, I gave the wotkbook to a client who'5 year old was acting angry and hitting children who said mean things to him. He wouldn't let her stop reading it to him and wanted to start over when they were finished. The next day he told his mom that when a child had been mean to him, he decided that the child was not safe and used his walk away power to solve the problem. He and my client were very pleased. This really should be taught in schools.

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?

2012

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Thank you! I'm so glad Kidpower has been of help!