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Kidpower Provides Expertise in Bullying, Abuse, Abduction, and Other Violence Prevention

Kidpower is a global leader in personal safety education for children and teens, including bullying prevention, child abuse prevention, and stranger awareness. Kidpower has served more than 3 million people of all ages and abilities on six continents, and has been featured in hundreds of local and national print, electronic, and television media, including CNN, ABC, USA Today, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Wall Street Journal, and the Chicago Tribune.

International Executive Director Irene van der Zande, founded the nonprofit organization in 1989 after she protected a group of young children, including her own, from a man threatening to kidnap them. She is the author of many publications on personal safety and violence prevention, including The Kidpower Book for Caring Adults: Personal Safety, Self-Protection, Confidence and Advocacy for Young People and Bullying – What Adults Need to Know and Do to Keep Kids Safe.

In October, 2011, Kidpower launched a One Million Safer Kids campaign. The goal is simple: to make at least one million young people safer through education, awareness, and skills by July 1, 2016 or sooner. By September, 2013 we are more than half way to our goal. The One Million Safer Kids campaign is preparing parents, teachers, and other caring adults with knowledge on how to protect their kids from bullying, violence, and abuse — and how to empower them with skills for protecting their own emotional and physical safety.

Instead of using fear to teach young people about violence prevention, the Kidpower Method makes it fun to learn to be safe, building habits that increase the skills and confidence of kids and the whole family and that can last a lifetime.

Irene van der Zande is available for interviews as an expert resource, as are the leaders in local Kidpower Centers in both the US and internationally.

About Irene van der Zande

Irene van der Zande. Photo © 2013.

Irene van der Zande. Photo © 2013.

For over two decades, Irene has led Kidpower as its executive director, founder, and primary author. She is an internationally recognized expert on protecting kids, teens, and adults, including those with special needs, from bullying, abuse, harassment, domestic and relationship violence, assault, and abduction. Irene has taught thousands of people of all ages and abilities to take charge of their emotional and physical safety. She trains parents, educators, mental health professionals, law enforcement experts, martial artists, community leaders, and social workers on how to use Kidpower’s positive, effective approach for teaching personal safety and violence prevention skills for their families, schools, organizations, and communities.

Irene has overseen the growth of Kidpower from a small California non-profit in 1989 to a large, grassroots, multi-national organization with over 100 instructors worldwide who provide services in the US as well as in over a dozen countries on every continent except Antarctica.

In addition to many articles and training manuals, Irene’s publications include:

  • 1,2,3 … The Toddler Years (with a foreword by Magda Gerber)
  • Bullying – What Adults Need to Know and Do to Keep Kids Safe
  • The Kidpower Book for Caring Adults: Self Protection, Personal Safety, Confidence, Advocacy for Young People
  • The Relationship Safety Handbook
  • Cartoon-illustrated Safety Comics and Kidpower Teaching Kit

Irene and Kidpower have been featured on ABC TV View from the Bay, USA Today, the San Jose Mercury News, Bay Area Parent, Supernanny USA, Bay Area Parents, and CNN. Kidpower is endorsed by hundreds of schools, organizations, and experts, including best-selling author Gavin de Becker, Police Chief Manny Solano, and the Child Protection Center at Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland.

Irene is a dynamic speaker and is available for interviews as an expert resource on radio and television as well as for print and online media.

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