I discovered Kidpower 4 years ago while looking for a way to keep my preschooler safe as she began exploring the world independently. I had been hesitant to talk to her about safety because I didn't want to scare her. Kidpower gave me the tools to teach her how to be aware of her surroundings and make choices to keep herself safe. And she loved practicing the skills!
We continue to learn age appropriate skills to help her stay safe as she gets older. Thanks Kidpower!
Such a powerful message, and SO MUCH FUN! I wanted a way to talk with my 4 year old daughter about personal safety. She was getting to the age that she wasn't always near me at the park or the grocery store. I found Kidpower's articles and comic books online and began practicing role playing with her. She loved it so much that she will pull down the comics herself and ask to practice again! I hear and see her using the skills all the time. Thank you Kidpower! I will certainly use this with my son when he gets old enough to walk away!
Kid power is a fabulous resource for parents of any age kids. I attended workshops with my 2 children when they were each around 5 years old, right about the time they were going off to elementary school which is a stressful time for most parents. Kidpower helped me by articulating safety rules for common situations they might encounter. As parents my husband and I were worried about the unknown dangers, your imagination can go a little overboard when you are sending your precious child some where without you for the first time. Kidpower helped us to realize what the true dangers are and also to prepare for situations that we may not have thought about. More recently I got a call from the founder asking for support in the form of a donation and I took the opportunity to ask her about an issue I was facing with my teenager and she took the time to discuss my concerns, reassure me, and offered advice on how best to handle the situation. We were on the phone for at least 20 minutes discussing parenting issues, now that is an organization that really cares!
I love this organization - at last, a rational, research based, clearly explained plan. Kidpower doesn't just say platitudes. Kidpower gives specific concrete actions to take, and insists that we practice. Kidpower is very loving wil they guide us to a new mindset - one that helps us feel empowered, free to put our own safety first (at last! who knew it would feel sooo radical, to put my and my daughter's safety first?). When I am asked for advice about safety and bullying, I always refer people to Kidpower, because they translate their deep care for every human being into easy, fun, practicable action.
The excellent information and training helped my husband and me support our daughter's freedom and safety. We owe our increased peace of mind to Kidpower.
My husband and I attended a kid power seminar with our 8 yr old son. It was great. The instructor was very upbeat and great with the kids. She really kept the seminar moving and the audience engaged. There were some great tips we all came away with. I would love to bring this to the entire class at school especially to cover the information about personal space/boundaries/bullying. I highly recommend spending 2 hrs attending a seminar. I will do it again in a year or two because the information is worth hearing again.
I took each of my girls to a Kidpower workshop when they were in Elementary School (and my older daughter just attended a Teenpower workshop). These are so great; they are not scary but do help a child know exactly what to do if they are in a threatening situation. They kids actually get to practice in a strong but fun way. The email newsletters that Irene puts out addressing some tragedy that I've been following in the news are SO HELPFUL in making sure that I deal with my own fears before trying to help my kids be safe. Their free PDF articles are also very timely and helpful. I don't know of another organization like this in the whole country. It is unusual, desperately needed and workshops are free for low-income kids. It is the top non-profit that I know of.
KidPower is my go-to resource for the most thoughtful, caring and proactive approach for parenting for issues on safety and confidence. They explain everything well, give supportive reasons, and ultimately appeal to my comon sense and real-life experience. I love KidPower!
As a mother who was sexually abused when I was little, I've struggled with how to keep my son safe without scaring him or being so over protective as to stifle his growth. Fortunately, my son's school PTA arranged for Kidpower to teach a parent workshop about how to talk with kids about their safety. I left that event with the most profound sense of relief - that there was a way to keep my son safe without scaring him - and empowerment - that I could help him to be safe in ways I never was. At the parent class, I bought one of Kidpower's safety comic books and used that as a way to introduce the subject with my son. He loved the comic book and insisted on reading the whole thing in one sitting! Since the parent event, my son and I have participated in several other workshops. Even though he didn't want to go to the classes before hand, afterwards, he admitted to having fun, especially during the class where he learned the physical self-defense skills. All that I've learned through Kidpower has helped me support my son to stay aware of and, sometimes, be cautious of the world around him, but not afraid. I, of course, wish there was a guarentee that nothing bad would ever happen to him, but I know that's not possible. Instead, I've done what I can, and will continue to do, to give him the best tools I know of to deal with lifes challenges, threats, and upsets. The best tools I've found come from Kidpower.
Irene V. 10/01/2012
I was very moved by your story and so glad that Kidpower could help you. Thank you!
We were excited to take our 3-yr-old daughter to her first Starting Strong Kidpower workshop over the summer. I read the Kidpower book as part of my interests in teaching and later as a soon-to-be parent. So we had been talking about some of the ideas around stopping mean words, sharing and taking turns, etc. But then we took the class and she just blossomed. We also got the comic book and it became a favorite right away. The cartoons are understandabe even to a pre-reader. The skills are presented step by step. And her fascination with some of the stories has made things like making safety plans to avoid getting lost in the store AP much easier. She loves to practice and she loves all her various "powers" to be safe. Kidpower has made conversations about worries so much easier and interesting rather than scary for all of us. And our ability to advocate for her is so much cleaner - we have clear language for describing problems in respectful ways that other parents pick up in and start to use as well!
Irene V. 09/30/2012
Thank you for doing a review. We are so glad that Kidpower was helpful to you!
I felt bullied. Ironic. I had to attend, as the other custodial parent signed us up. This group is BEYOND crazy - so egotistical and untrained and, HONESTLY, well . . . bullies. I would like for someone, in one of these reviews, to talk about the real experience. DO NOT SIGN YOUR KIDS UP FOR THIS. I think one day one parent will sue. We need an anti-KP support group.
Irene V. 09/30/2012
One of the benefits of all adults in a child's life participating in a Kidpower workshop is that this helps to develop a shared understanding about safety. Unfortunately, if there is a negative relationship and a parent feels forced to come to a workshop under pressure by the other parent, this can backfire into a very angry reaction. If StrayedEtsy wants to provide specific feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org about exactly what else didn't work besides feeling pressured to go, we would appreciate having this information as we are always looking for ways to improve our services. If StrayedEtsy paid for a workshop and wants a refund, he or she can contact our office.
After calling them to give them feedback, my general impression is even lower than it was before. If you think a class is bad, try disagreeing with them after.
Irene V. 10/06/2011
At Kidpower, we see constructive feedback as a gift and always do our best to make things better, Unfortunately, despite what he or she has written, as far as we can figure out, T. Gustas has never called our office or even sent us a direct e-mail. We cannot address concerns without communication with people.
Someone once told me - if everyone is thinking alike then somebody isn't thinking.
Five stars, unanimously, across the board? Odd. Except for one or two reviews? Super huge clue they are having their staff write (and churn) reviews.
Bad form. While not prohibited, staff reviews are discouraged, and many of these reviewers specifically identify themselves as staff.
I attended a workshop. under pressure from other parents in my kids age range.
Total BS. Tons of common sense, with a healthy dose of fear mongering and fund raising.
Thanks for the cult induction, but I haven't sipped the Kool Aid.
They teach your kids just enough to get in trouble, but not enough to defend themselves. It's self defense - light - kind of, not effectively.
If you are impressed by their supposed "martial arts" credentials, then make sure you research their co-founder, Timothy Dunphy. He claims to be able to heal people by connecting their "chi" with their "aura" via music and light. (http://www.chiaura.com/)
If you believe that, sign your kids up for a Kidpower workshop and "believe" they are safer.
Irene V. 06/06/2011
If T.Gustus chooses to contact our organization directly, he or she will find that we appreciate feedback and always give refunds on the rare occasions that someone is not happy with a workshop. In our public workshops, we do not turn people away for lack of money - and we seek funding to reach out to people in homeless shelters and other places serving children in high-risk situations. Most of our instructors and center directors are NOT paid by Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower International - they started as parents, teachers, and other caring adults -- and have volunteered countless hours and donated a tremendous amount of their own resources to be able to bring these skills to others.
Every once in a rare while, a person may be able, if they are lucky, to come across someone who is kind, extremely generous, has a lot of brains and the gumption and willpower to see something through to the very end.
Well, I was fortunate to find TWO of these people!
And they founded KIDPOWER.
I have had the pleasure of working with both of these brilliant kind hearted, selfless individuals for years.
Irene, over 7 years side by side in the KIDPOWER office and Timothy Dunphy much longer through the martial arts.
While knowing personally how miraculous KIDPOWER can and does help change lives on a daily basis through their non-profit outreach self protection program, which is unparalleled, I find it an undeniable time to give praise where praise is due.
This program would not exist without the selfless brilliance and endless years of hard work of the two co-founders.
If I sound a bit exaggerated, believe me, that is just not possible.
Irene and Timothy had an idea and GAVE OF THEMSELVES so others could be safe.
And they continue to do so.
What can be more amazing than that?
I can think of only one thing. What they created. KIDPOWER
Written with love and admiration,
Master Carol Mikols
Aptos Martial Arts Academy
I loved that we all learnt skills that can be used not only in potentially dangerous situations but in everyday life. My children now have strategies to deal with their interactions with each other, family members and their friends.
My daughter, who was the victim of a murder attempt at school, has taken both Kidpower and Teenpower classes. She learned so much so fast, so many skill to keep her safe in so many different situations, from bullying to kidnapping attempts from insults to assault, and all in a warm, caring, nurturing environment. She made a 100% turn-around from a shy, frightened, anxious child, to a confident, skilled, relaxed child. The price is quite inexpensive, just to cover costs, and the amazing instructors are all volunteers. Because they care. If every person had the opportunity to take a Kidpower workshop, the world would be a safer place for everyone. I particularly like the fact that Kidpower will work with anyone - young child, teen, elderly, people in wheelchairs, the mentally handicapped. Why? Because everyone deserves the right to feel safe.
For over more than 15 years, I'm engaged with the team of Kidpower in MontrÃ©al. My work, as volunteer took place after I personnaly had many classes with them. A wonderful experience, again and again. Confucius said something like "Honorable mean start by doing what he wants to teach and that teach it". All people from this organization that I had met - from all over the world - just simply apply to this. Be what you teach and that's an everyday lesson for me.
I took a full force class through Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower. It was amazing :-) When I walked into the class I was scared, nervous and really did not want to be there. By the end of the day I was still nervous but very excited to see that I had more power then I thought I had. They taught me to walk with my head held high and be proud. I re-discovered all kinds of things that should have been common sense but for some reason I was no longer able to see. I ended up loving every minute of the course. The instructors where enthusiastic, knowledgeable and very sympathetic to my situation they took to the time to help me (not just me but everybody that was there). I have been able to teach my daughter some of the things that they taught me. The skills that I learned are skills that everybody should know. I will be taking more classes with them. I will also be taking my daughter to classes as well. I would recommend there classes to anybody. The impact that they had on me will be long lived. I walked in scared and nervous and walked out proud and tall. I would endorse Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower with every ounce of my being, for everybody that would like to learn every day safety skills, boundary setting, full force safety skill… This class that I took covered all of those things and more. I can’t say enough about the whole experience. Two major thumbs up to say the least.
I am from Germany and I went to several instructor trainings to become a Kidpower instructor. From Germany it is a long way to go to CA and the flights are really expensive but for me it was always worth to do that. I learned a lot in the instructor trainings not only to teach children how to stay safe also for my whole life how I can protect myself and how to cope with difficult situations. Thanks a lot Kidpower!
I was mesmerized from the beginning. The training provided great insight and extremely powerful, realistic tools for children, and all people to take the power they have to care for themselves. I must admit the training brought up many feelings of powerlessness from my childhood, with a sort of joy and sadness that such tools were not available to me then. I love the idea that no one is powerless and that the right tools can make you strong.
Our children would live in a much safer world if all kids and parents had the opportunity to receive Kidpower instruction at schools and other community locations. The only limit is funding!
Kidpower presents practical training for children and families to learn how to be safe without being afraid. Kidpower also comes to schools to work with teachers, parents, and students. Highly recommended!!!