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.
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.
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!
Kidpower has been one of the greatest influence on me, my life, and my family. All of the workshops we attended helped us all grow with confidence. They also helped the mother in me see how great the tools my kids had to stay safe.
I have been a volunteer for our chapter, and believe the work they is so great, for so many people in our community.
KidPower has helped me gain self-confidence and turned my life around when I needed help. I learned many different ways to set boundaries and feel safe, it really changed my life both in my personal and professionnal activities. In fact, it did me so much good that I joined as a volunteer, and have been volunteering with KidPower for +10 years now.
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.
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.
Kidpower is an organization deeply committed to the safety of all people. I have been so impressed with the constant desire to improve the curriculum, to increase service, and to meet the needs of new clients. It is an organization that "walks its talk." It is run by a small group of dedicated individuals who work as an amazing team to provide life-changing skills to so many people each year. I believe everyone, from the people who process registrations or make reminder phone calls up to the Executive Director, at Kidpower strive to give their absolute best, everyday. I feel very proud to be part of the organization.
I've been amazed to see how Kidpower skills have helped me deal with all kinds of challenges over the years, both with people I know as well as with strangers. Having these skills helps me feel more confident and a lot less worried than I felt in the days before I took my first Kidpower class. As a parent, I have more peace of mind, because I can see my kids using good, solid skills to make safer choices. It's fun and exciting to be a part of the process of helping other people figure out, in just a small amount of time, ways to take charge of their well-being every day.
I have had the honor of working with many talented and dedicated people to create curriculum, develop services, train instructors, and establish centers around the world. We have reached over 1.2 million people of all ages and abilities, especially children and women in need, with empowering, effective skills for taking charge of their emotional and physical safety. The skills we teach prepare people to use boundaries to build better relationships; advocate effectively for the well-being of themselves and others; and protect themselves and their loved ones from most bullying, molestation, assault, and abduction. Our challenge is to become much more widely known as a valuable resource to use and an important charity to support.
I think Kidpower is an extraordinary program teaching people safety skills. I hope one day that it becomes part of every school program.