Have you been thinking about learning to teach Kidpower? Now is the time to let us know! Our annual Kidpower Comprehensive Program Training, which is an essential part of the process of becoming certified to teach our program, will take place January 23rd-28th, 2014 in Santa Cruz, California.
We will accept applications until November 30th. If you are truly interested, do not delay.
Those accepted into our training program immediately become part of our international community of leaders who are dedicated to safety and empowerment for all ages and abilities – and begin receiving support in getting ready to teach Kidpower.
The following success story shows the impact you can have as a Kidpower instructor. Here’s how one little girl used skills she practiced with her father in a fifty-minute Starting Strong class:
I took my four-year-old daughter to a restaurant with a nice outdoor seating area overlooking a little creek area. While we were waiting for our food, I told her she could play since it was grassy and right where I could see.
My little girl came back and pulled on my arm. “I am checking first, Daddy,” she said. “Come and see.”
I didn’t want to since I couldn’t see anything she needed to check first for – but she persisted, “It’s about safety, Daddy!”
Reluctantly, I followed my daughter to the edge of the grassy area. To my horror, about 20 feet from where I had been sitting, the grass was hiding a mess of broken bottles, used condoms, and needles. Worse yet, an unconscious man was lying on the ground next to the creek.
I picked up my daughter and ran to tell the manager of the restaurant, who called 911. The unconscious man apparently had had a drug overdose and was rushed to the hospital by the paramedics.
My daughter and I were given royal treatment by the restaurant patrons and staff, and we had a nice dinner.
While I felt freaked out, I remembered your advice to act calmly – and my daughter found the whole experience to be interesting rather than awful.
After all, she just used her Kidpower! So there was nothing to worry about, right?
As the following note shows, there are few things you can do in life that will have such a profound impact on the lives of others in such a short time.
As a child, I was sexually abused by a cousin. Despite the fact that I have a degree in child development, worked more than 10 years with children in a professional capacity, and was now a mom, I was clueless on how to protect my own kids without scaring them. At my first Kidpower Parent Workshop, I realized I had finally found a non-scary way to teach my kids how to protect themselves. Now I have tools and my children have tools to keep them safe.
1. When my children are playing in a group of children and another child plays to roughly, they are able to clearly stop the behavior.
2. If someone says something to them that can be taken as an insult, it usually rolls right off them.
3. When we have been separated in a public place, they stayed calm and knew exactly what to do.
4. As siblings, they are prone to not always get along. When this happens, they use their Kidpower skills with each other.
My husband and I have also used our skills at work, with friends and family, and in public. Kidpower workshops have changed my life and my family’s life in a powerful, profound way. Knowing that my children know how to prevent problems and protect themselves emotionally and physically is the best gift in the world.
I think Kidpower should be a part of every person’s safety education. Thank you to everyone at Kidpower! Know that every day, you change someone’s life for the better.
To learn more about how you can teach these powerful skills to others, read about Kidpower’s Instructor Training and Center Development programs. After you have read through this, we will be happy to answer any questions you might have.