KidPower is an organization that shares great information for kid safety freely and effectively. It's been a much needed resource for me personally and professionally as I teach skills in a non-scarey way to my children and other families I work with. I have hosted a community training to share this information and all who attended really appreciated the way Irene taught in a succinct way. As a Safe Routes to School Coordinator in 7 schools in our town of Moscow Idaho, KidPower has been my go-to resource to teach parents the importance of walking and biking to school and how to teach our kids personal safety rules while on the streets. I have seen parents and and counselors use this much needed information as they teach their kids how to navigate the world safely. We really appreciate what this non-profit offers us! Thank you Irene and staff!
Kidpower's tools have really changed my life. They are so simple yet so effective in teaching us to make small changes in the way we conduct ourselves, how we address problems, how we talk to others and even in how we talk to ourselves. I can't recommend it enough!!
Something worth noting is that all of the people who I've encountered from this organization are so inspiring because they truly practice what they preach.
Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower International has dedicated themselves to meeting the diverse needs of children, teens, and adults in the groups they serve. I accompanied my daughter to three separate trainings, and I used the lessons and the language presented to reinforce the skills she learned at different ages. In 2019, I facilitated Kidpower and Teenpower workshops specifically tailored to students with special needs in my school district in 2019. The students, educators, and parents who participated were enthusiastic about the safety and empowerment skills learned by all. Each person attending the workshop was given the opportunity to practice the skills and to receive coaching and written materials to enable them to practice at home and at school. The respect afforded each participant, the care and commitment to growing the curriculum, and the passionate pursuit of inclusivity make this organization worthy of my 5-star rating.
I am grateful to be trained and practice Kidpower safety skills everyday. I am thrilled to share these skills and knowledge and above all, love with people in Vietnam. I am more than happy to see sparkling eyes of parents, child professionals and especially children and teenagers during and after each workshops.
I’m so appreciative of the new webinars Kidpower is making available to help us all stay safe with each other during these unprecedented times. Their work is timely, proactive, and practical!
Thank you for offering these free webinars during the COVID19 quarantine period! So grateful! With tensions at home in families exacerbated by long periods of proximity, these boundary and emotional protection techniques are a timely resource! As a parent support coordinator at my school, with the additional time at home, I have been grateful to attend these and prepare to pass them on to families and students!
Thank you Kidpower for your wonderful, practical work. These lessons are so easily understood and practiced that it is hopeful to internalize them in children and vulnerable adults. You are doing a world of good!
The values and vision of Kidpower align with my professional vision as an educator. This is why I support Kidpower goals and concern in protecting the safety and welfare of children.
Ms. Irene's dedication and commitment to help parents, teachers and children are remarkable.
I highly recommend teachers and schools to connect and be apart of this great organization.
More power to Kidpower!
I enjoyed your useful material on child sexual abuse، Thanks a lot
The best experience for kids! Everyone should do it!
Definitely recommend it.
Kid power is the best more effective and caring organization that I have encountered in my search for helping children build their self esteem .
This is the useful and practical topics in helping to self-protect the kids and teens from offenders.
Cet organisme, par sa mission, a changé ma vie. De participante je suis devenu animatrice, c’est plus qu’un travail, c’est une passion.
En étant participante, Kidpower à grandement amélioré ma qualité de vie, il y a plus de 20 ans. Auj. Je suis animatrice et Kidpower continue fortement à la merveilleuse et sécuritaire vie que j’ai.
Training as an instructor with Kidpower changed my entire perspective on safety. Not only is physical safety important — emotional safety is just as crucial, which is something I hadn't ever prioritized in the same way. I got to pass on Kidpower's fun, effective and simple techniques to my students. Watching them practice techniques that got them to speak up in class, look people in the eye, and show confidence I hadn't seen in them was so awesome. Kidpower's mission is noble but they accomplish it in such a down-to-earth way. Kidpower made me a better teacher and a better aunt. They have given me more confidence in becoming a parent someday because I feel I can better prepare my kids for things I wasn't prepared for in my life. Kidpower is truly making a difference with a brilliant, loving team of people and I'm proud to be on the journey with them! Thank you!
Congratulations to the Kidpower team on their successes and the globalization of their educational content.
I am an Iranian faculty member and one of my favorite work line is Child Sexual Abuse Prevention.
I'm honored to be meet Kidpower. Its lessons are simple and very practical. I personally used those in my student, parents and their kids education. Even I intend to translate some of the topics into Persian after I get permission from Kidpower officials.
I am glad to be able to use your topics from Iran as well.
I have taken my child to their workshop each year for 3 years now. It's great place to learn yourself and coach your child around safety for kids in the public and private places. Topics covered are among others setting boundaries, behavior around bullies, stranger danger etc.
My family and I have attended a total of 3 Kidpower workshops between us throughout the years, and I cannot even express how invaluable these workshops are to the well-being and the empowerment of children (and parents). After attending the workshop, my children are more aware of their surroundings, and have gained confidence while out in public because of their awareness and their "safety powers" that they now know that they possess. As for me, I came home with knowledge and confidence on what and how to teach them about safety. Kidpower has been life-changing for my family. Simply put, Kidpower workshops should be a requirement for every parent and child.
Kidpower has helped nearly 6 million children, parents, educators and safety officers worldwide to take charge of their safety. The free resources available on their resources on such critical topics as cyberbullying, sexual abuse, domestic violence, harassment, teasing and more are amazing. They offer workshops and trainings - every effort to help people from all walks of life and abilities to feel safer and more secure. And among the unique features is they do it using methods that are fun vs. fear-based, enabling people to learn in a constructive way. Celebrating 30 years in 2019, this is truly a worthy organization.
Today, safety is a critical issue for everyone. Whether for yourself, your child, your students or others, the importance of knowing how to take charge of your safety - what to do, what to say, where to go - is mission critical. And this is why I am a supporter of Kidpower, and most highly recommend them.
From free resources on their website, to trainings designed for children, seniors, peace officers, and the list goes on... to helping people learn the necessary skills and best practices to protect themselves against bullying, cyber-bullying, harassment, abuse - we need more organizations like Kidpower in this world. I urge you to learn more about them and take advantage of all they have to offer, and support them in their amazing work.
We all talk about "empowerment". Kidpower is all about empowering you to take charge of your safety - in the smartest ways you can.
It is a nonprofit organization with a genuine and strong commitment in relation to the safety and wellbeing of humans.
They do a great job promoting their vision with hard work and passion.
I am very lucky to get to know this organization.
Kidpower has been an incredible learning experience. I have been teaching Self Defense for kids for close to two decades before finding Kidpower and since have realized that Kidpowers program is very useful and even more important than just physical skills needed to fight which is what I was previously teaching.
Prior to Kidpower I was basically teaching students how to "defend themselves". A visiting friend (ex police instructor) said to me "you are teaching people to fight, lots of deadly skills, but that not true self defense, check out kidpower" . I went online and contacted a Kidpower instructor and from there went on to the Kidpower training program to learn the Kidpower system. How to avoid a fight is as important as knowing how to fight and its quoted in the "Art of War" winning a fight is walk away without fighting.
Irene hands on worked with the instructors and the more experienced senior instructors were extremely helpful and passionate in passing on their experiences and knowledge. I highly recommend Kidpower to anyone teaching children, females, elderly, etc.
I have had the experience of attending adult, teen and child kidpower and teen power training and am very impressed with the methods, the style, and the content of the teaching. They get the students tools they can use right away to stay safe around people. It would be so interesting to know how many bad incidents have been prevented, I would guess there is a substantial impact of their work!
The staff is caring and excellent.
The Kidpower skills I have mastered have made me a better parent and better teacher. I have included Kidpower lessons in my classroom and they have helped make our preschool classroom more peaceful , safe, and fun place for everyone.
The Kidpower skills I have learned have made me a more effective teacher and parent.
I have been an instructor with Kidpower for 17 years. This is an organization with incredibly high standards and a strong commitment to creating safer communities. I have never been connected with a group of people with a higher level of integrity. I have also been on the receiving end of Kidpower's services, both as a parent and as a Fullpower participant to help cope with challenging life situations. John Luna-Sparks
Kidpower = Integrity. Thank you Kidpower for enriching my life as a student in workshops and as a Kidpower Instructor!
I encountered Kidpower through my neighbor when my now 8-year-old daughter was an infant. I watched how my neighbor used positive and thoughtful language to help her daughters navigate sibling rivalry, and I wanted this tool for myself. She told me about the Kidpower safety comics and I ordered 2, one to give away. I used that and wanted more skills so I went to a Fullpower class and practiced how to be aware, use self defense and not be triggered by aggressive behaviors. I still wanted more so I attended a safety skills class with my now 5-year old daughter. Since then I have taken her to more safety classes, and decided to become a Kidpower instructor myself. This organization is intentionally caring to its clients and employees, respectful of people's needs and differences. I have loved working with them, using their strategies, and have felt very supported during my journey to become an instructor with them.
Truely a life changing experience!
Proud to be part of the Montreal team and of that bigger and bigger circle of safe and powerful people!
It tells by itself, I am a volunteer since 10 years now in Montreal and I will continue to spread security skills to make the world a safer place!
I discovered Kidpower 24 years ago. My children, now 23 and 21, have benefited in countless ways as a result of Kidpower. As a parent, I have been able to turn to this resource when my toddlers were dealing with overly affectionate relatives and friends who threw sand, when my elementary age kids were starting overnights with friends, when social media and online gaming entered our lives, and when they began traveling out of state on their own. As I hear them talk with friends and family and see them with their partners and colleagues, I can see firsthand how Kidpower skills of projecting awareness, setting and respecting boundaries, advocating for themselves and others, moving away from trouble, and managing their own personal triggers help them be safer and also support respectful, caring communication in their meaningful relationships. Kidpower has been like a trusted friend through my decades of parenting, and my kids are safer and stronger as a result. My gratitude is boundless.
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!
I know this organisation for now 30 years and it does not cease to impress me by how it walks the talk and upholds highest standards.
Kidpower's approach to safety is so positive and hands-on, it just stays with you and helps build positive relationships everywhere in your life.
After doing a course in Switzerland, I was hooked and 21 years later we now have taught over 36,000 people in New Zealand, where I live with my family.
People who have done Kidpower, Teenpower or Fullpower so often report to not only feel and be safer but also happier.
The organisation upholds high values and standards. It's definitely one that deserves to get five stars. ( :
I have two teenagers in large, busy, urban high schools. Even though they did not want to go to "Teenpower," they thank me every single week, for making them go! From dealing with aggressive and/or mentally ill people on the city bus, to managing social dynamics in the classroom, advocating for themselves with their teachers, and navigating complex dating relationships, my kids believe that Teenpower has truly made their lives better. And they THANK ME! So, you just know that this organization is amazing. Thank you, Kidpower!
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!
I've been a supporter, partner, and donor to Kidpower since I first heard about the idea, shortly before it came into being. I am consistently very positively impressed with the work, skills, tools, and benefits Kidpower has provided to people around the country and many places around the world. I am proud to be a Kidpower supporter and to use the many, many strategies and skills I have learned from my experiences with this amazing organization.
I love Kidpower! I have trained under some of the most wonderful, passionate advocates for child safety on the planet. As I've interacted with them, I have noticed their lives are a continuous "role-play" of the skills they teach children of all ages. Now that I am a certified instructor under their tutelage, I am enjoying teaching people safety skills in a fun, interactive way with proven results. Here is something from one of the children I taught:
"I learned about how to keep myself safe and to never be afraid to speak up and tell someone if I need help."
I have been a recipient of Kidpower’s love and compassion for over 20 years. This is an organization that treats each person with dignity and respect, meeting each person where they are and helping them to learn and practice skills that assist them to thrive in a world where some people who have problems cause other people problems. People of all ages, no matter your story or background can benefit from the work of this organization.
Kidpower International is an extremely committed Non Profit which is working for the last few years on a single very important cause: safety of communities not only in USA but world wide. We all know how important this is but we take it for granted. Kidpower International reminds us how important safety is but also equips us with different strategies on how to ensure our and other people safety.
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.
Kidpower is a well-established community organization focused on safety training. It offers a variety of age-appropriate programs for kids, teens, and adults. As a parent and school teacher, I have much respect for this organization. My kids and I participated in their child-safety workshops, and I was very impressed with the form and content – quality information presented in fun, positive activities. As a school teacher, I have found Kidpower literature an invaluable resource for developing social-emotional learning and community in the classroom. The information is well-researched, accessible, and authentic – excellent tools for building safe and inclusive community.
KidPower does a wonderful job in teaching kids and other vulnerable people how to be safe. They do so in and efficient and effective way through a variety of mediums including in person classes, books, articles, and videos.
When it comes to safety and self-protection, Kidpower is WAY upstream in its approach to preventing harm and violence. The work is skills-based interactive training for people of all ages and their families. Everyone knows the skills so they can be reinforced daily.
Age appropriate and skill based learning that lasts a lifetime!
Since I have joined Kidpower team I have met wonderfull persons, committed to make this world saver.
I am so happy and proud to be part of this human adventure.
TuTrinh, French center director in Paris
As a mother, I see that practicing with my kids is far more efficient than telling them a hundred times how to keep safe. This is what Kidpower is offering to kids all over the world. There is a Kidpower workshop close to your home and if not, build it. Since I've joined the Kidpower training, I've met great people in a team with a unique diversity how are helping me developing a new center in Paris, France.
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.
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.
Kidpower has been instrumental in helping families in our community for over 25 years.
Great programme aimed at keeping our children safe.
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.
Proactive, interactive skills and situations for children, parents and teacher. This builds awareness and self-confidence.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
I've been taking Kidpower classes since I was a child. I've continued to take classes as a teenager and into my adulthood. Kidpower is a wonderful organization that teaches safety skills in a fun manner. They keep workshops relevant and age appropriate. The skills I've learned through Kidpower have definitely made me safer and more confident.
We are very thankful for having the chance to learn KidPower and bring it to Guatemala, Central America! We have teach more than 500 kids to be safe!!!
Thank you for this wonderful opportunity!!!!
Kidpower has empowered me to be an agent of safety and confidence in a range of communities, cultures and ages. I feel that i gained a PhD in boundary setting and am a much more confident and powerful presenter because of Kidpower. I have also found a deep sense of community within the organization that attests to the deep caring and compassionate mission of feeling safe in the world.
Great organization to be part of! The curriculum is empowering, dynamic and fun for people of all ages and abilities.
Thank you so much for touching so many people and help them live safer.
We have set up Kidpower in the Netherlands after we had a great eye opening training in Santa Cruz.
I was delighted to see how serious personal safety topics were presented in a down to earth, but fun and emotionally safe way to young children. We are still using the skills today and many kids have had great results in (re)gaining self confidence and the joy of being able to go to school and play in the neighbourhood without being afraid of bullies.
Kid power is a noun, an adjective and verb in my house!!! It has empowered me, my children and my children's friends to be better communicators and to be more aware of the world around them!!
Kidpower does a great job of helping kids and other vulnerable groups to implement safety skills into their daily lives. They provide families with valuable resources and are very well managed.
The beauty of Kidpower is in it's simplicity and involvement of individuals in their own safety. By not just learning but practicing safety skills people are more prepared to deal with threatening situations, defend their boundaries and advocate for themselves.
Each time I see Kidpower in action, in schools, daycares, community groups, agencies, shelters, I get to witness the power and the impact of the hands-on practices on social safety skills it provides. Kidpower's Positive Practice Method™ is a carefully crafted but accessible method. It provides emotionally safe, yet fun and empowering experiential practices, to people of all ages, abilities and walks of life. In my 26 years in the prevention education field, I have not met their match yet!
My experience with Kidpower first started with the kids' program. But the immense depth and consistent use of organizational values, the wealth of knowledge, and high impact skills training as well as the overall empowering effect of all its programs just floored me. It convinced me to start a center in Montreal and run all Kidpower programs.
I learned there are people all over the world who are passionate about keeping kids safe! Thank you advocates!
My daughter took a weekend class and I was so amazed at how much confidence she has now and she is able to speak up about things she does not like even with her friends.
Thank you Kidpower!
Kidpower has taught me how to talk to my children about scary topics in a fun, non-scary way. My kids left the workshop saying, "That was so awesome!! When can we do another Kidpower class? "
Thanks to the expertise of the Kidpower curriculum, the whole family is aware, calm and confident about our safety.
Not only do I value the skills training Kidpower delivers face-to-face, their online resources are invaluable. As an educator, I go to their site frequently and refer families to their many wonderful lessons, posts and other materials regularly.
Kidpower is amazing. Instead of adding fear around subjects like molestation, assault, harassment, violence, and bullying, they give positive skills-- boundaries, stranger safety, noticing things beginning to feel unsafe and taking action. Kippower puts complicated topics into simple language that actually works, and you think "Wow! Why didn't I think to just say it like that?" I've seen Kidpower change kids and parent's behavior and interactions for the better. Great program, and everyone in the org is truly dedicated and passionate.