My kids attended Kidpower sessions and I was so impressed at the effectivness of the training. They really know what they are doing. The role-playing and practice means that kids not only know what to do, but will actually do it in a stressfull situation. I felt my kids were much safer after attending the sessions. This is a super program!
Kidpower-Teenpower-Fullpower is a fantastic program. When they were very young both of my children attended workshops and learned such valuable skills in setting boundaries and staying safe with strangers. Now, as confident teenagers maneuvering through their lives they still remember those workshops and apply the skills regularly and happily, with due caution but no fear. Thank you for a wonderful program and staff!
This is one of the most well thought out children's programs I have ever seen! They tackle subjects that leave most adults tongue tied head on in a completely practical and age appropriate way. They work with all levels of kids and every kid I really wish all kids could experience their workshops!
I took my two kids to a kidpower class so they could learn how to stay safe, both physically and emotionally. I love how they have people practice acting out scenarios (and they keep things upbeat, not scary), so that the kids can remember what to do. Now my kids know to always check first with an adult, and they are empowered to know how to handle things when confronted with a bully or someone trying to put them down. I wish I had had such training when I was a kid. They also have very insightful articles on their website which I use to refresh my and my children's memory about what tools we can use in different situations.
My name is Praveen Vempadapu and I am development professional. I attended Kidpower training in 2008 on how to teach children to be confident and safe. I was very inspired on how we can build a community where every child can be safe. The training gives the children very useful and important tools like how to be aware, setting boundaries, how to handle strangers etc. It is also very fun and entertaining for children. We started kidpower India and now we provide kidpower trainings in India. After the first training one of the participant called us to inform on how she used kidpower skills. She was in a train and a drunk person was troubling her. She immediately used her voice power and shouted 'No - Please leave from here'. The person got startled and left. We knew this service is needed in India and definitely in all the places where there are children because every child needs to feel safe.
Every where today there are moms (and dads!) who want to help their children understand how to be safe in this very unsafe feeling world without paralyzing their children with fear about the possibility of violence out there. Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower has helped me, my niece, my son, and soon my daughter learn how to walk tall, be confident yet safe and in such as empowering way. Their workshops on safety help on so many levels, both in learning how to be preventative and safe while also sharing practical self defense information for the worst case scenario. I wish everyone could take their workshop! Thank you Kidpower Teenpower, Fullpower! You help keep us safe and empowered! Sincerely, Gwynne Cropsey
Kidpower-Teenpower-Fullpower has given me the skills needed to keep me safe. Over the past 20 years I have graduated through each stage of the organization. When in kidpower I learned the skill of saying "no" and when you’re a kid that is a very powerful skill. When in the teen classes I learned how to deal with bullies and the importance of being aware of my surroundings. In the adult classes I learned both the physical and verbal skills I would need to keep myself safe as I grew up and went out into the world. Not only did I learn all of these things, but the environment that I was taught was fun, loving, and safe. The skills I have learned are a part of me and come to me when I need them most. For example: When I was being robbed in my garage a few years ago I was terrified. Trapped in my car with a man standing between me and the door. As he came toward me my voice kicked in and my body moved for me. Next thing I knew I was standing in my driveway watching him run in the other direction. These skills saved my life that night. When this happened I hadn't taken a class in well over a year, but the skills I had learned had stayed with me, and continue to be with me today. I don't know what I would have done with out the skills taught by this organization. It is filled with great knowledgeable people and I would recommend them to anyone.
The instructor, Anne and Sterling, did a great job leading the workshop. They thoroughly covered skills and techniques that will be useful to this particular group of students and did it in a fun and engaging way. They made everyone very comfortable and gave great, constructive feedback. The majority of the participants were women and they created an environment where the women could get out of their shells a bit, use their voice, and realize how strong they are and that they can defend themselves. Since this workshop was targeted to a specific and unique group, I was impressed how easily Anne and Sterling adapted things to reflect the fact that students may be using these techniques in another country and language. They did a great job and I'd highly recommend the organization.
Kidpower provides children, teens, parents, and other adults with empowering information and skills to not only stay safe but to create healthy boundaries in all our relationships. Without scaring kids in any way, Kidpower workshops help them learn to set boundaries with friends, family members, bullies on the playground, and strangers that keep them from being a target and strengthen all their relationships. All the parents who have participated in these workshops have found it to be very valuable.