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KidSafe Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Child Abuse Prevention, Crime & Law, Domestic Violence, Education, Parent & Teacher Groups, Preschools, Sexual Abuse Prevention

Mission: Our mission is to teach personal safety to children and their grown-ups to build strong, resilient families and safer communities.

Results: 55,000 children have been through KidSafe Programs and over 30,000 adults have participated in seminars, workshops and trainings.

Target demographics: Children ages 4 through 8, parents/guardians and all professionals working with children.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 10,000 children and adults

Geographic areas served: Florida

Programs: The "Empower Me KidSafe!" programs consist of 4 components: 1. KidSafe for Kids, Creating a Culture of Safety in the Classroom - an 8 week curriculum for children ages 4 - 8. 2. KidSafe for Parents and Guardians, A Seminar for Keeping your Children Safe 3. KidSafe for Educators, Training for Sexual Abuse Prevention in Schools 4. CampSafe - online training for camp counselors and staff to ensure personal safety in camps and a great life-long camp experience.

Community Stories

76 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3 alinasgagnon

Board Member

Rating: 5

As part of their Board of Directors I continue to be impressed with the passion, programming and partners which want to be part of our message of prevention education to keep our kids safe from child sexual abuse, internet dangers and bullying. Our continued growth speaks to the importance of our mission and the community support to keep sharing it. Here we are opening the doors to our new office in Boca Raton. Come and check us out!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The term "win/win/win" is commonly used in the retail business world to describe a successful outcome between a customer, a manufacturer and a retailer. I get it. Everyone in that relationship wins. At the end is all about profit and consumer satisfaction.
However, in the world of non profit, a "win/win/win" relationship goes much deeper than that.
At the KidSafe Foundation we have the perfect example of true success where the parents, teachers and kids win all around. At our foundation they all learn personal safety skills to protect themselves and others against child sexual abuse, internet dangers and bullying. Now, that's what I call a true WIN!!!
Alina Gagnon Board Member

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1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Kidsafe is an amazing organization! Their sole goal is making sure children (and those who work with them) are aware and safe. This should be every parent's goal as well. Plus, they're just great people to work with!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

KidSafe Foundation has proved and continues to prove to be an informative organization. They teach both kids and adults! In today's society, a foundation like Kidsafe is critical to let everyone know about the effects of child abuse and how to work collectively to prevent it.

1

Advisor

Rating: 5

The message that this non -profit sends is vital to our children, just like you teach a kid to cross the street. Our children must learn to be "kidsafe"! I highly recommend that every child receives this program because nothing is more important than our kids and if you think they know this information instinctively, they don't. I love Kidsafe and hope that they can continue to help until all children are educated with this program!

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Advisor

Rating: 5

I'm a mom with 2 kids who benefitted from Kidsafe. This program is phenomenal and every child should have access to it. It teaches kids to be safe in a fun, playful manner. As parents, we do everything we can to protect our children. But in an ever-changing world, kids need to know what to do when they are presented with a difficult situation and we aren't by their side. These are life lessons and valuable for everyone. My son used it when a "stranger" in a car approached him and a younger cousin outside, asking for help. He knew exactly what to do and wasn't scared at all. Whether it related to a stranger or to a trusted adult my son knew exactly what to do. Kidsafe empowers kids and adults. Even after many years, we still benefit from the knowledge and lessons!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Kidsafe is an unbelievable organizartion and the ciriculum needs to be taught in every school in the US

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with this organization a short time and they do amazing things. This is a program that is needed by all

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I wish every child could go through the KidSafe program. It is AMAZING. Teaches children how to be safe in a completely non scary way. The books are great too!

3 Mindy13

Board Member

Rating: 5

Andrea Clemens, author of the Invisible Target, Breaking the Cycle of Educator Sexual Abuse, is one of the facilitators for the KidSafe Foundation. If you haven't heard her story, you should mak a point of it.

Florida PTA is one of the many associations that have been privileged to host the KidSafe Foundation. The facilitators gives a real picture with real solutions to identify and hopefully one day stop sexual harassment and abuse.

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4

Board Member

Rating: 5

The impact KidSafe has made on the community in which I live in is beyond compare to any other programs that relate directly to the health and well-being of the families it touches. If we can duplicate these efforts throughout all our communities, our children will be the true benefactors of such a wonderful organization

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

KidSafe is an outstanding organization that provides education and support to prevent sexual abuse of our most vulnerable population. Child abuse and exploitation is preventable with education. Every child deserves the right to be safe. Every child has the right to have a voice. It is the goal of KidSafe to make prevention education mandated in elementary schools and mandated sexual abuse prevention training for anyone working with children.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Kidsafe Foundation works to provide a foundation for you and the kids in your life. They educate using an approachable and understandable program to inform parents, caregivers, and kids about topics that are many times brushed under the rug because of the uncomfortable nature of many of the topics. With the speed of technology today it is important that we use as many of the tools offered to us to protect and educate our kids . Kidsafe Foundation provides these tools and has shown that their tools work. Matt R.

1 Chrystal Y.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Kid Safe Foundation provides quality care and education for community members in how to keep our kids safe! I have assisted once volunteering with the agency thanks to my sister. Keep up the great work in the schools, in our communities and everywhere else!

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

I was introduced to KidSafe by one of the Co-Directors in early summer 2014 and immediately realized the benefits the organization provides in protecting children and parents from the dangers that are inherent in society. Their pro-active approach to keeping kids safe is a much better solution than having to deal with the results of child abuse and bullying. I plan to help KidSafe reach their goal of keeping as many kids safe and healthy.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a mother of a 6-year-old child, I thought I knew a lot about child dangers; but my experience with Kidsafe Foundation taught me so much more (and realistic strategies I can share with my son). A parent lecture given by co-founder Sally Berenzweig was how I first came to know KidSafe. Sally's presentation (and her genuine enthusiasm to protect kids) inspired me to get more involved in efforts to thwart child sexual abuse. I've since attended several KS lectures geared for professionals (e.g., mental health providers, teachers, school nurses) and an entire 8-week series geared for kindergarteners; the level of knowledge, ability to convey information, and appropriateness for each audience was stellar. Every child should be privileged to learn from KidSafe instructors. The KS founders and Board members are very passionate about the mission of helping kids: There is no other agenda than educating children, parents and teachers! Of the many organizations I volunteer for, KidSafe is the most rewarding.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to hear KidSafe founders speak years ago - I was completely astounded by the statistics and felt the need to get involved. I love what KidSafe as an organization provides. They take a 3 prong approach by not only educating children with important life skills to protect them from Child Sexual Abuse, Bullying and Internet dangers but they also train and education parents, teachers and all professionals working with children in child sexual abuse prevention. KidSafe also has two award winning children's books that help further the learning the program offers.
Because of what i learned i started off as a volunteer - soon became a board member - became Treasurer and now i am beyond honored to be voted at the upcoming Chairman of the Board.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We were all kids and many now have kids. The programs that Kidsafe present are an important tool to add to a parent and child's toolbox. With the information taught we all can become more aware and safe. Thank you Kidsafe for offering a concise program that is easy to implement.

1 Wendilipsich

Board Member

Rating: 5

It is a honor to work on such a trusted, valuable board which has a profound impact on our community. Kidsafe is extremely professional and passionate about reaching as many children, parents, caregivers and community members as possible.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I serve on various boards, however this one is the most important in my heart. The co-founders of this Foundation and their teachers are out in the community everyday teaching us how to help keep our children safe. The books and the curriculum they teach to both parents and children is vital to us all! I only hope one day that every parent and child can receive this education.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am presently a college student (FSU - Go Noles!) but served as a KidSafe volunteer throughout high school. I had the opportunity to experience KidSafe from many angles. I worked with the KidSafe directors in the office doing all sorts of tasks - while observing how a young nonprofit works. I then had the opportunity to represent KidSafe at community events - manning information tables and sharing KidSafe information. As a teen I also attended the Parent Seminar (assisting at info table) and although the information was for parents I learned so much about personal safety that helped me in my life as a freshman college student. My awareness was raised so not only am I safer but my friends as well. I look forward to staying involved with KidSafe in the future.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank you to Sally and Cherie for teaching our children how to be safe!

Donor

Rating: 5

Quantum Foundation is proud to fund this great organization. I personally attended one of the training sessions and I learned more than I ever believed possible. It's rare that an orgazniation can help prevent immeasurable pain and suffering through candid education. Kidsafe Foundation does just that!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My children have had the amazing opportunity to be a part of the KidSafe Foundation's 8 week classroom curriculum in both preschool and elementary school. This invaluable education has proven effective in and out of our house. My children who are now 10 and 12 will observe something they don't deem as appropriate or safe and say "Mom. Is that KidSafe?" It is not just a term to us, but a way of life for our family that is practiced on a daily basis. My children use the skills that have been taught and they don't even realize they are doing it. For example, they "check first" before just going outside with friends. We often role paly situations that could occur during a sleep over or at a party. They report things that happen that make them feel uneasy or uncomfortable. This program has armed my children with knowledge about internet safety, their bodies, self awareness, and have given them techniques on how to discuss these subjects with us.

The parent seminars that The KidSafe Foundation have presented, have helped us feel more comfortable talking to our children about subjects that many parents shy away from. I have been to several of these seminars and learn something new at each one. I often walk away wishing that I would have had this same KidSafe education that my children are able to have when I was a child. Thanks to this nonprofit organization we feel we have armed our children with tools that they will have for a lifetime to help them make educated decisions that will help keep them safe as they encounter new situations and people.

Tara G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Kidsafe Foundation is a wonderful nonprofit organization! I am honored to be co-chairing their annual fundraiser for the second year in a row. Sally and Cherie's dedication to this organization is inspiring. Every parent, child, educator and administrator needs to know the information Kidsafe provides.

Donor

Rating: 5

I support the KidSafe Foundation because I believe in it's mission to educate children and adults to prevent child sexual abuse, bullying and internet dangers. The statistics are staggering...1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually exploited before the age of 18 - but 95% of abuse and exploitation of children is preventable with education. Every child and every adult should have KidSafe!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As the parent of older children, I can tell you that the KidSafe Foundation is a wonderful program that should be in all schools, day care, and after school programs. Sally and Cherie provide the appropriate tools to help keep all children safe. Their approach appeals to kids on their levels and also appeals to the adults(parents, teachers, etc) on their levels. The are able to speak and demonstrate about important and serious information in an interactive and educational way. In addition, KidSafe Foundation has received tremendous support from the surrounding community. It's a program that should be on a national scale!

Christine74

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After hearing about KidSafe Foundation at a back-to-school event, I re-connected with this non-profit organization and became a volunteer. Now, as a member of KidSafe's planning committee for their upcoming Gala fundraiser, I have not only witnessed the amazing dedication and willingness of every Committee member to ensure a successful event, but I feel truly honored to be assisting such a great, motivated and empassioned group who believe in protecting children, raising awareness on safety precautions and advocacy, and more. Through their seminar programs and offering critical educational tips, founders Cherie and Sally have developed a wonderful non-profit organization that has - in only 4 years since its inception - truly impacted the communities in and around South Florida!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Both of my children have gone through the KidSafe Foundation program. As recently as this week it has made a major positive impact on our family, as one of my children reported something to my wife and I, that I think other children would not have. I am proud to be on the Board of this organization and I look forward to growing our reach and educating parents and their children about real world child safety issues.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Both my children have gone through the KidSafe program and I have proudly served on its Board since its inception. I cannot say enough positive things about Cheri Benjoseph and Sally Berenzweig, the programs founders and Executive Directors. Their personal belief in keeping our children safe is what drives KidSafe. In today's crazy world, it is reassuring to know that KidSafe is there, trying to educate, inform and protect not only our children, but our parents an teachers as well! I highly recommend this organization and hope you will consider getting involved.

Board Member

Rating: 5

It is both a privilege and honor to be part of such an amazing organization. Through the years I have worked with several Non Profit organizations, all have had a great mission, but not all have had such passionate and dedicated staff and board. Each individual that works for, is on the board or volunteers for this organization is 100% committed to educating the community and sharing the mission.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Both of my children has been students of the KidSafe Foundation Pre-K program. Years later, my kids remember the valuable lessons that were shared in the 8 week curriculum. Both kids loved reading the KidSafe books to each other. I can't say enough good things about how important it is to teach your children the language of safety at a young age. The KidSafe teachers did an incredible job with the kids. In addition, I will never forget the lessons I learned as a parent at the KidSafe Parent Night. Thank you!