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Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower International (known as Kidpower)

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Bullying, Children & Youth, Crime & Law, Crime Prevention, Education, Educational Services, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Vision: To work together to create cultures of caring, respect, and safety for everyone, everywhere. Mission: To prepare people of all ages, abilities, backgrounds, and walks of life to take charge of their safety and to protect children and other vulnerable people in their care.

Results: Since 1989, Kidpower has served over 4.4 million children, teens, and adults, including those with special needs, through our workshops, partnerships, and educational resources. We teach empowering and effective child protection, advocacy, positive communication, and personal safety skills that help to prevent and stop most bullying, violence, and abuse. People who have benefited from our services report that Kidpower helped them to increase their confidence, develop better relationships, relationships and become better prepared to protect their children and themselves from harm and to take charge of their well being.

Target demographics: children, teens, and adults, including those with special needs,

Direct beneficiaries per year: Nearly 500,000 people - over 35,000 through our comprehensive in-person workshops, over 100,000 through our partnerships with schools, organizations, and companies; and over 27,000 people a month through using our free online library and email consulting.

Geographic areas served: Families, organizations, and communities across the United States and around the world

Programs: workshops, trainings, and educational resources in child protection, advocacy, positive communication, and personal safety to stop bullying, abuse, and violence.

Community Stories

193 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our daughter participated in a workshop and brought home the coloring book. She's been coloring in it, teaching her 3 year old sister how to be strong and confident. A must in this day and age.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Kidpower is and always will be the most effective approach to personal safety. It is fun and engaging while offering tools of dignity and respect for all involved. I believe the Kidpower curriculum should be in all schools.

1 Robert M.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Kidpower has been instrumental in helping families in our community for over 25 years.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great programme aimed at keeping our children safe.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was wanting to start teaching child safety workshops in South Africa, so when researching books. I found the Kidpower book on Amazon. The skills taught were really easy to learn and was so relevant to every day life. I read other books but nothing has come close to relevance of Kidpower skills. I believe every child should have access to the teachings of Kidpower.

1 pravee.v

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It is the amazing work of Kidpower International that made me travel all the way from India to attend Kidpower Instructor training. It was a wonderful experience. I am very glad that I could bring Kidpower safety skills curriculum to India.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The organization should be applauded for the wonderful work it is doing to create awareness and train safety skills to all ages and ability.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Proactive, interactive skills and situations for children, parents and teacher. This builds awareness and self-confidence.

1 Bo J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower is a program that has exceeded my expectations in so many ways. It is inclusive, honest, and at its very core, is most concerned with people safety and how to teach it to as many people as possible. I feel very fortunate to be part of this organization.

1 Maria Gisella G.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I met Kidpower in 2009. I personally benefited greatly from the skills they teach and I am happy to work in Argentina to form a local Kidpower center, looking forward to helping many people in our country to prevent problems related to violence and abuse, with the comprehensive and unique perspective of Kidower. We aspire to spread Kidpower's way of working, teaching and cooperating which includes a methodology to address safety that we consider a treasure, because, as I have witnessed many times, it can change the mentality and life of many people of all ages and abilities, in different cultures globally. I trust wih all my heart that because of Irene van der Zande and her inspiring and devoted work along with the awesome team working with her, the world is, and hopefully will be in the future, a safer and happier place to live for milliions of children (and those who were children once). And I'm proud to be one of them!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

For close to 30 years, I've personally benefitted from tools gained from KidPower. I've witnessed many children's lives be empowered by the strategies KidPower practices. Children can feel safe. Now I'm proud to have become a board member of this fine organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Kidpower, Teenpower, Fullpower is the only service I know of who provides direct/clear coaching and practicing of safety skills for its participants. This process of using our bodies to learn and DO is the most effective way to build safety skills, along with decreasing anxiety which seems to be rising in our world today. Kidpower skills and principles don't need to be altered depending on age because they are foundational...only the life situations change. The very important added bonus is it is done in a fun, non-fear based way where the participants come away feeling knowledgeable and powerful in ways to take charge of safety.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As soon as I went to the Kidpower website, I was impressed with their clear vision, their positivity, their the free and extensive library, and their vast array of services! Contacting them on the phone and by email was also a great, positive experience where my questions were answered, and I was directed to exactly what I needed. I could feel their warmth and dedication to helping people of all ages and abilities to be more safe and empowered in their lives! After taking their workshops for both myself and with our kids, my husband and I continued to be excited about what we had learned and wanted to share it with others. My family has been taught many important skills by Kidpower that we now use and can see the enormous benefit it would be for everyone to learn these skills. I know of many friends and acquaintances who feel the same way as they experience what Kidpower, Teenpower, Fullpower International has to share and contribute to the world!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer I have seen their workshops transform kids and adults alike. From preschoolers to older women living in residence hotels to teenagers, everyone learns skills that are relevant, empowering, and easy to remember. Safety and confidence without instilling fear or being unrealistic, what a bargain! Staff is also professional, enthusiastic, and unrelentingly kind.

1 Stefany R.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Kidpower is amazing! This should be taught in every school across the nation! Kidpower makes safety fun, easy, and so practical. These are such basic and vital human skills for living in our world. I truly believe that Kidpower should be accessible to everyone and everyone should have an opportunity to gain these vital life skills.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Kidpower skills I have learned have made me a more effective teacher and parent.

1 Indamia

Advisor

Rating: 5

Kidpower's many decades of dedicated efforts to teach safety skills to not only children and their parents, but also educators, peace officers, and mentors who can in turn help others, makes them a shining star among non-profits. In our troubled world, empower people with knowledge and skills to take charge of their safety is something we need more of.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In our troubled world, where abuse, bullying and intolerance of others is on the rise, the value of what Kidpower teaches children and adults is more valuable than ever. What I especially appreciate about them - in addition to their extraordinary range of helpful resources and training programs - is that they refuse to monger their program based on fear. Their message acknowledges the difficulties people may face, but does so in a constructive and factual method; informing, educating, encouraging. They tailor their training to the needs of the individual, whether a special needs person, a toddler, an educator or a safety officer. We need more non-profits like Kidpower in this world.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My daughter and I participated in a Kidpower class when she was 11. She is now 23 and tells me she still reflects back on the skills she learned. She has used her awareness and boundary setting in all aspects of her life as she is negotiating life on a college campus, and a working with the general public. I myself believe that these skills are so important, that I am in training to be an instructor. As a retired middle school teacher - who taught Physical Education, Health, and Leadership - I am fully aware of the bullying that can take place, when not put in check. KidPower empowers children and adults to take charge of there personal situations and keep themselves safe.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Kidpower has been truly life-changing for my family. I was raised by a very anxious mother, and did not know that I could teach my kids skills for their growing independence, without scaring the heck out of them! Kidpower has given me the tools to empower my kids, and this has helped me gain confidence as a parent, too. I am forever grateful to Kidpower!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

As the parent of an LGBTQ child, I have more peace of mind that my child has skills to be safer thanks to Kidpower. I cannot prevent my child from being the target of bigotry and identity-based harassment or violence, but Kidpower gives us both skills for taking charge early in safety situations. I sleep better, worry less, and my child reports feeling safer and more confident. I am grateful!

1 Nerissa W.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Kidpower is an organization that really cares. No question is too small to be addressed by the executive director. The work environment is inclusive and accepting of all manner of diversity. The curriculum is well thought out and time-tested to empower individuals to prevent violence and abuse and set boundaries with others. There is no judgement of right and wrong, no bad and good, just the lens of keeping people safe. Kidpower actively solicits feedback and is constantly working to improve. They track evaluations religiously and respond in a timely manner to every issue. Their budget is tight and lean. It is an outstanding organization.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Kidpower has been doing important work for children and people of all ages to help keep our communities and each other safe. I am so grateful that an organization like Kidpower exists!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Kidpower's mission and values are essential to our society's well-being. More than that, Kidpower goes above and beyond what is expected by providing information and follow-up in a compassionate manner, since the subject that the organization excels in is very sensitive. From my own personal experience, I have seen the inclusive, compassionate, and dedicated service provided, always with integrity and patience. It takes special people who are devoted to Kidpower's mission to keep the organization moving and Kidpower encourages many people with the right intentions and passion to get involved in providing services and furthering its cause.

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1 Cornelia B.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I look forward to working another 24 years with Kidpower!
It is inspiring to see the real difference we are making every day with people from all walks of life.
I feel lucky being part of an organisation and working with passionate people who never stop learning and uphold meaningful values.

The attached photo shows the Fullpower Healthy Relationships Ambassadors. Intellectually disabled who teach Healthy Relationships skills to mainstream college students! This is just one of the many success stories of how Kidpower skills can empower people of all abilities.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Kidpower not only teaches positive social safety skills it also embodies it. In the 23 years I know Kidpower, it has grown to an international organisation without loosing its focus on people, continuously evaluating and developing. I especially love how it works for people in all corners of the world.

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