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Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower International (known as Kidpower)

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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

48 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Cornelia B.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We are very thankful for having the chance to learn KidPower and bring it to Guatemala, Central America! We have teach more than 500 kids to be safe!!!
Thank you for this wonderful opportunity!!!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization to be part of! The curriculum is empowering, dynamic and fun for people of all ages and abilities.

1 Lex B.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Thank you so much for touching so many people and help them live safer.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Each time I see Kidpower in action, in schools, daycares, community groups, agencies, shelters, I get to witness the power and the impact of the hands-on practices on social safety skills it provides. Kidpower's Positive Practice Method™ is a carefully crafted but accessible method. It provides emotionally safe, yet fun and empowering experiential practices, to people of all ages, abilities and walks of life. In my 26 years in the prevention education field, I have not met their match yet!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My experience with Kidpower first started with the kids' program. But the immense depth and consistent use of organizational values, the wealth of knowledge, and high impact skills training as well as the overall empowering effect of all its programs just floored me. It convinced me to start a center in Montreal and run all Kidpower programs.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I learned there are people all over the world who are passionate about keeping kids safe! Thank you advocates!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Not only do I value the skills training Kidpower delivers face-to-face, their online resources are invaluable. As an educator, I go to their site frequently and refer families to their many wonderful lessons, posts and other materials regularly.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Age appropriate and skill based learning that lasts a lifetime!

1 Sara Kennedy

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work with families raising children who are deaf or hard of hearing through a nonprofit called Hands & Voices. When we found that "our kids" face higher rates of victimization than typically hearing kids, we looked for ways to prevent that. Through our partnership with Kidpower, we now share information with each new family we meet about prevention strategies they can use with babies to teens. Kidpower has even adapted some resources and even specific workshops for "our kids," emphasizing the areas we know kids with hearing loss and their parents need explicitly spelled out. I can't recommend the organization enough in its wise and calm approach to helping all kids develop the life-long ability to set boundaries, to listen to their own intuition, and to put safety first. Our parents say they are grateful for Kidpower's resources, and so are we.

2 emmkuy2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been a part of this organization for over 15 years and one thing that sticks out is that this is an organization that continually wants to develop and grow on so many levels. Not just by working to reach as many people as possible with important skills, but also by constantly developing the program so it is always as updated and effective as possible.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The first time I saw a Kidpower class I thought "Wow! This is something very unique". I had seen very many workshops for empowering women through self-defense but NOTHING like this! It is not only what is being taught but they way it is being taught that is so well thought through, compassionate and very empowering!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

KIDPOWER's 25 year history of teaching safety skills to people of all ages Internationally speaks for itself. It's leaders, staff, and volunteers are motivated from their heart to make a difference in the world. Thank you to all who keep this organization offering its program worldwide!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I'm a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who has also trained as a Kidpower instructor. I work with many children who need mental healthcare at least in part because of their experiences of not being emotionally or physically safe - through bullying, abuse, or other harm. I hope that by teaching Kidpower skills I can help future children live happier, healthier lives. The skills Kidpower teaches are valuable and practical. The way Kidpower operates is consistent with the values they espouse (which seems a rarity to me). As well as teaching young people and adults Kidpower skills in my professional life, I use Kidpower skills every day with my own kids. I would recommend it to anyone.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As an academic, I'm trained to be a bit of a skeptic. Kidpower is a developmental, age appropriate, skill based training with demonstrated effectiveness. To me these are basic requirements for any children's educational program. Kidpower meets or exceeds these expectations. What distinguishes Kidpower is the palpable human centered Values that drive the non-profit's purpose and passion. Care, integrity, fun, respect, inclusion, love for kids. Attend a training and you just feel the Kidpower difference. Stay and you'll watch the kids having so much fun they forget they are learning safety rules.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I came from Australia to train with Kidpower and the organisation still completely exceeded my expectations! I haven't found anyone like them! They approach learning with passion and compassion and are committed to helping all individuals acquire skills to protect themselves and others. They draw on a comprehensive program of evidence based practical skills and 25 years of experience to deliver an amazing range of teaching. Kidpower really makes a difference by engaging individuals to empower themselves with positive safety skills in a fun environment.

1 Peggy Eliza M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Kidpower has given me fantastic tools to use as both a medical social worker and a parent. The organization is infused with respect, kind-heartedness, and a commitment to excellence. I often find myself quoting key principles like “problems should not have to be secrets” … even to adult friends! Really solid concepts to live by. Thanks, Kidpower!

3 jlunasparks

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Kidpower = Integrity. Thank you Kidpower for enriching my life as a student in workshops and as a Kidpower Instructor!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and I provide psychotherapy primarily to sexually abused children and their families. Many of my clients also have developmental disabilities such as Down Syndrome or other cognitive delays. In addition to teaching skills that help prevent abuse and assault, I have found that my clients who go through a Kidpower workshop are helped significantly in their recovery process from abuse. This is because the children AND their caring adults learn to regain their power, their body integrity and their abilty to take charge of situations and stay safe. Thank you Kidpower!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Kidpower is a wonderful organization, and provides age-appropriate, upbeat and positive training in safety skills for people of all ages. Merely thinking and talking about safety problems can create a lot of anxiety, and in Kidpower they combat that anxiety by focusing on positive practice and relevant skills. The leaders in this organization have consulted experts in the fields of education, violence prevention, law enforcement, martial arts, psychology and development to create workshops that are thoughtful, dynamic and effective.

Kidpower is also an organization that respects the people who work within it. Those who work with Kidpower are encouraged to do so in a way that is fulfilling and manageable for them. That way, no one gets burned out and bitter. This organization values clear and open communication and lives their values.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Kidpower is a huge resource for kids and others worldwide. Many years of research and careful thought have gone into the basic skills and how to teach them. No other source even comes close in terms of comprehensive information and teacher training, and the resources are shared freely.
Irene van der Zande has done many walks on the beach with authorities from all over the world as part of her effort to get every grain of information she can. We've all been called to share our views and expertise. Look out, her energy is formidable--good luck keeping up! The end-result is that she has built an organization that is out there for everyone's benefit, and never settles for "the job is done."
--Carol Middleton, self defense specialist since 1971.

2 Neelofar A.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have attended a training at KP which is very very helpful to teach child protection in the field