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 first learned more about Kidpower to help others but it helped me in many many ways to be more successful in dealing with difficult situations.
My daughter's preschool gave us a Kidpower Coloring Book. As I read through it with my two daughters, I was so happy to have a way to talk about safety in a fun non-scary way and it was so simple! Since then, we have learned so much about staying safe with and around people, setting boundaries and self advocacy to build healthy relationships. Kidpower has helped my husband and I become better communicators and parents. We are truely a Kidpower family! Now, we are stong supporters of Kidpower by volunteering and making sure everyone knows about this extraordinary Nonprofit!
Great organization to be part of! The curriculum is empowering, dynamic and fun for people of all ages and abilities.
I did the Fullpower class in 2006 and that experience changed my life! Since 2007, I'm a volunteer with the organization in Montreal as an assistant. I saw so many people taking their power back. It's simply amazing what Kidpower do in the world now. :)
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.
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.
I'm a center director in the Netherlands. I went to the states to bring Kidpower to our country. I love the down to earth and age apropriate aproach to people safety skills.
I'm very impressed with the down to earth attitude of the workshops.
I particularly like the parents- Kids workshops where parents learn alongside their children how to address serious issues in an emotionally safe and effective manner.
I have been a pediatric occupational therapist for 28 years and was introduced to Kidpower by a friend. I was fortunate to be able to attend the training which included an eclectic and international group of instructors and attendees. The basic tenets and philosophy of teaching kids and adults how to optimize their safety should be included in every classroom. Having started as a grassroots movement in Santa Cruz 20 plus years ago, Irene and the staff keep the program and materials updated to reflect the ever changing world in which we live. I could not believe more strongly in the principles and methods used by Kidpower to educate and support safety in all our communities. I am proud to be associated with such an incredible program and group of people!
Love having some guidlines on personal safty for my five year old daughter. I tell anyone who tells me about bulling in school to look up kid power for help.
Hello, My name is Olguta Iordache and I am writting from Romania. I noticed Kidpower when I was searching for books and articles about safety and prevention of violence. I wrote to Irene van der Zande and I was pleasently surprised when she answered me right back. I support Irene work to educate people about prevention of violence and people safety.
I took my daughter to a workshop, and she really loved it. Both my kids were excited to learn easy ways to describe their feelings, and strategies to help them deal with other kids at school who were causing problems. They like to practice the skills, and are getting good at telling me what they think the right reaction is to various situations. And we all use the trash can (a way of handling negative remarks) all the time. Overall, Kidpower is a great organization, and I wish all kids had a chance to go to the workshops.