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Irene vdZ

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Review for Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower International (known as Kidpower), Santa Cruz, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have had the honor of working with many talented and dedicated people to create curriculum, develop services, train instructors, and establish centers around the world. We have reached over 1.2 million people of all ages and abilities, especially children and women in need, with empowering, effective skills for taking charge of their emotional and physical safety. The skills we teach prepare people to use boundaries to build better relationships; advocate effectively for the well-being of themselves and others; and protect themselves and their loved ones from most bullying, molestation, assault, and abduction. Our challenge is to become much more widely known as a valuable resource to use and an important charity to support.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

As a woman who has a lifetime commitment creating social change in a way that is both powerful and respectful, Kidpower has given me the opportunity to put my values into action. I am also personally safer and more confident because of this work.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find much more funding so that our services can become much more widely available both locally and internationally. I would also have Kidpower become much more widely known.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the connections with wonderful people from all over the world and the opportunity to help so many people have more joyful, safer lives.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...


If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

1. Use technology much more effectively in giving people more access to our work; 2. Reach a million people a year, especially from higher risk areas; 3. Pay our staff more comfortable wages and benefits so that they can afford to do this work long run.

Ways to make it better...

I had known when we started what I do now!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding and visibility.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Please visit our website at to see our free on-line Library, sign up for our free e-newsletter,learn about our services, check out our store, and make a donation to support our work!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Volunteer & As the Co-Founder and Executive Director, I volunteered full-time for over ten years before starting to be paid for part of my time and, even through I am now paid full-time, still volunteer a significant number of hours each week.