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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Kidpower = Integrity. Thank you Kidpower for enriching my life as a student in workshops and as a Kidpower Instructor!
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!
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.
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.
I have attended a training at KP which is very very helpful to teach child protection in the field