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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

175 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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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

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!!!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization to be part of! The curriculum is empowering, dynamic and fun for people of all ages and abilities.

1 Lex B.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Thank you so much for touching so many people and help them live safer.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!

1 Eileen D.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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 Methodâ„¢ 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!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I learned there are people all over the world who are passionate about keeping kids safe! Thank you advocates!

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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!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Age appropriate and skill based learning that lasts a lifetime!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Kidpower's workshops for kids and for teens have brought me and my family huge peace of mind over the years. As my kids were growing up, it was easy to think about all the things I was afraid of, like bullying and molestation and abduction, but I knew I didn't want to burden my kids with those worries.

Kidpower skills and methods helped me to learn how to focus on the skills I want my kids to know rather than on the harm that scared me. This change in perspective made everything easier! Instead of worrying if they were ready to do something, like go on overnights or walk downtown, I focused my energy on practicing skills - and I noticed that my own belief and confidence in their skills grew! Giving them new freedom got much easier, because I had a clearer sense of their skills.

Kidpower boundary skills strengthened our relationships at home - this was an unexpected benefit! The boundary skills that have helped them over the years to manage relationships with friends - and deal effectively with bullying and harassment - have also helped them communicate more effectively with each other and with me. What a gift this has been!

Both my kids decided to take big trips on their own after turning 18. One worked and traveled in Europe; the other hiked the Appalachian Trail. On the days they left, I felt grateful beyond belief that they were carrying their Kidpower skills with them. I knew they would face possible problems - and I knew they had skills and confidence to take action and put safety first.

1 Sara Kennedy

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work with families raising children who are deaf or hard of hearing through a nonprofit called Hands & Voices. When we found that "our kids" face higher rates of victimization than typically hearing kids, we looked for ways to prevent that. Through our partnership with Kidpower, we now share information with each new family we meet about prevention strategies they can use with babies to teens. Kidpower has even adapted some resources and even specific workshops for "our kids," emphasizing the areas we know kids with hearing loss and their parents need explicitly spelled out. I can't recommend the organization enough in its wise and calm approach to helping all kids develop the life-long ability to set boundaries, to listen to their own intuition, and to put safety first. Our parents say they are grateful for Kidpower's resources, and so are we.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Both my teens have taken the Teenpower classes and have learned so much about staying safe in the world. I highly recommend the classes and this non-profit. They do amazing work: teaching safety skills in an empowering way! So needed! Thank you Kidpower!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our daughter learned to feel strong if she is approached by a predator. She has a clear idea of what to do. "Stop right there!" and physical defense.