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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

70 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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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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!!

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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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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

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!

1

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.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Offers a great class for teens, ages 13-17. A "must do" class for both genders.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Kidpower has been an amazing resource in our community. I was first introduced to it after a scary incident involving an eight year old in our town. When everyone was filled with fear, Kidpower was able to address our issues while remaining positive and helping kids find empowerment in the middle of a difficult time. Their approach of ensuring that parents and children walk away with the same understanding of communication and expectations is so powerful. Since then, they have done safety training in my son's school and he has learned so much. He knows why he should walk away from threatening situations and how to feel more empowered to have his voice heard. What a positive and important message for our young people!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My three-year-old uses her Kidpower language ALL THE TIME! We play a game where I tickle her and as soon as she wants to, she puts her hands up and says, "Please stop!" Then she waits a second and says, "GO!" and I tickle her again! I love knowing that she's playing when she really wants to. Kidpower helps her feel safe making her own choices about what she likes and doesn't like, and helps her feel comfortable checking in with me whenever she's worried or confused.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We attended a Kidpower w/ full force workshop with our 7 yr. old daughter. It's one of the best things we've ever done. Such a difficult and fraught topic, handled with grace and very thoughtful professionalism. So thankful there are people who do this for a living and are so good at it.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Kidpower has helped me educate my students on Waze that they can keep themselves and others safe.

2 Rachel141

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a karate teacher and parent, this organization gives my kids the tools to keep themselves safe and feel confident. The exercises are fun and informative, and the attitude of the organization itself is consistently positive and inclusive.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My 14 year old daughter and friend just attended a workshop in Palo Alto. Although long, it was well worth the time. I think it really gave them the tools to think about how to handle themselves in uncomfortable situations, how to protect themselves, and how to deal with others in a variety of settings. The instructor was very professional and knowledgeable. Although my daughter would not have chosen to go on her own, she did believe that it was time well spent and gave my husaband and me a full run down afterwards.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have a 10 year-old son who is autistic and a 7 year-olddaughter and have been looking for resources to teach safety to our kids without fear and without discrimination. When I looked for info on the web, I found the excellent Kidpower web site and books. My son and daughter and I read the cover page of the coloring book last night, and they coloured it in. We are now practicing that page.

As I looked through the Kidpower book, I recognized how much it can help my children. My son, being autistic, doesn't always know the best way to solve a problem. They say that social stories help autistic kids learn what to do. And I find that each page of the Kidpower safety book is like a social story. It gives examples of what to do and not do (with your hands), and what to say.


I'm sure these Kidpower stories and skills will give my son the knowledge and self-confidence he needs to act in appropriate ways in the future when someone disrespects him or doesn't follow the rules.


The Kidpower website and program provide an important service that can help many families.

3 Kathy193

Client Served

Rating: 5

My 11 year old daughter and I took the course last weekend and I was impressed. Kidpower did a great job of arming the kids in the class with the confidence and tools to keep themselves safe without scaring them. They also opened the door to talking about safety and increased independence with parents. I loved that one of the first things the instructor said was that in order for kids to be aware they had to put away their cell phones - thank you!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I took a Kidpower class with my son (age 11).

This is a very well put-together class taught by very experienced teachers.
It is obvious that the material has been fine-tuned and perfected over the years
with input from various experts. The take-home materials allow parents to continue
and solidify the lessons imparted in the class. The price is very fair.

I'm going to recommend this organization to my friends. They are providing a very
important service.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have taken a few Kidpower classes, and the skills have really helped me feel much safer and more comfortable both out in public and in my personal relationships. My Kidpower skills give me the confidence of knowing how to avoid problems when possible, and how to keep myself safe if a problem is unavoidable. Because of these skills I am not afraid to go out and about and I cannot overstate what a wonderful set of skills Kidpower teaches in a safe, non-threatening environment. The teachers were warm and friendly and were helpful answering questions and explaining the material. I am very pleased with my experiences with Kidpower and would recommend them highly to anyone looking to take a personal safety class. Kidpower is awesome!

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Client Served

Rating: 4

My girlfriend and I took a Fullpower course several months ago after several increasingly scary incidents that we encountered both in the small city of Santa Cruz and in SF. Even with a background in martial arts and wrestling, I still got A LOT out of the physical skills presented at the workshop. The padded instructors are incredibly skilled individuals who generally do this as a second job, because THEY CARE about the safety of the community at large.

The verbal skills presented are invaluable for all ages, and I immediately noticed a changed in my girlfriend's perception of potentially dangerous situations and quick thinking in the event that someone might approach her at night. It has given both of us a peace of mind and I would recommend the workshop to not only all children, but adults as well.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We are so grateful to have Kidpower skills and vocabulary as an integral part of our family dialogue about not just safety, but also relationships. This morning my 5-year-old daughter said, "Mom, I have to tell you something about safety." I used my get-centered power and I smiled at her and said, "tell me all about it." She told me about some teasing and mean language among some of the kids at school and she wanted to know what some of the words meant. We had a talk on the way to school about friendship, how problems don't have to be secrets, using and teaching others the Kidpower trash can, and standing up for what is right. By the time we got to school for drop-off she was telling me she was ready to speak up if it happened again and help the kids who were getting teased. She had the words to say and the confidence to say them. She was smiling and happy and excited for her day. Thank you Kidpower!