school classroom workshopServices for Schools

Children and teens are safer when everyone in a school community has a common language and understanding about what it means to be safe with people.  The social-emotional skills necessary to prevent most bullying, violence, and abuse are also essential for success – at school and in life.

Kidpower services for schools include an engaging and effective K-12 curriculum that can be taught by educators and incorporated into their daily activities; extensive free resources in our online Library; long-distance consultation; and, in communities where we have instructors, workshops for educators, parents, and students. Our educational resources and workshops for parents, caregivers, and educators prepare adults to protect young people from harm and empower them with skills for taking charge of their own well being.

What skills do students learn?
How are these skills taught?
What educational resources are available?
What kinds of classes are available?

What skills do students learn?

We teach a broad range of ‘People Safety’ skills adapted to the age of our students. They include:

  • Safety with feelings and words – how to protect yourself from hurting words, take charge of your emotional safety, and act safely and respectfully towards others.
  • Being powerful to be safe – how to use your body and voice to prevent most trouble before it starts and to escape from danger.
  • Safety with touch, teasing, and play – how to set boundaries with people you know.
  • Getting help to be safe – how to make safety plans for everywhere you go and be persistent in getting help from busy adults
  • Checking and Thinking First to be safe – how to check and think first before you change your plan about WHERE you are going, WHAT you are doing, and WHO you are with, including how to be safe with strangers
  • Using People Safety everywhere you go- how to apply People Safety skills to different kinds of problems, including bullying, at school, at home, online, and out in the world

How are these skills taught?

The Kidpower program is highly recommended by educators, mental health experts, and public safety officials for being positive, effective, experiential, emotionally and physically safe, age-appropriate, and adapted for the life situations and abilities of different students. Instead of using fear to teach about danger, Kidpower makes it fun to be safe.

In order to learn how to take charge of their emotional and physical safety,  young people need awareness, knowledge, and skills. Raising awareness and knowledge without practicing skills can increase anxiety – rehearsing what to do and how to do it effectively reduces worry and increases competence.

The Kidpower Positive Practice Teaching Method gives each student the opportunity to be successful in rehearsing how to prevent and solve problems with people using examples that are relevant to their lives.

What Educational Resources are Available?

Our K-12 curriculum uses cartoons and step by step practice directions to make teaching entertaining as well as educational:

Our Child Protection books provide advocacy, intervention, and personal safety strategies and skills for educators, parents, and other caring adults:

In addition, we have an extensive free online Library with articles, podcasts, and videos. Here are some of the most popular:

Please consider joining us in September 2015 in celebrating International Child Protection Month to honor, inspire,and support adult leadership in keeping kids safe from harm and empowering them with skills for taking charge of their own well-being.

What workshops are available?

In communities where we have instructors, we offer a variety of workshops offering hands-on, relevant, and fun learning experiences:

Classroom and After-School Programs

Our classroom programs give students the opportunity to practice a wide range of social-emotional skills for staying safe from bullying, violence, and abuse in context that are age-appropriate, Classroom programs can be set up for grades K-12. Teachers are required to stay in the classroom and learn along with their students so they can continue to reinforce the Kidpower skills throughout the school year.

Training for Professionals

Training of Professionals workshops prepare teachers, counselors, social workers, law enforcement officials, health care workers, martial artists, youth group leaders and other professionals to integrate the Kidpower, Teenpower, and/or Fullpower Personal Safety Skills with their own programs and activities. Trainings can include illustrated curriculum with lesson plans and follow up support from Kidpower’s instructors.

Training for professionals can range from one two-hour workshop to two full days of training.

To fully implement the program, we have found it works well to schedule two 2-hour trainings, as well as follow up support for staff by phone or in the classroom.

Other Programs

Kidpower also offers afterschool programs, assembly programs, adapted workshops for individuals with special needs and specific life challenges, and workshops that include physical self-defense skills with a kick pad or full-force instructor.

How to organize a workshop in California

If you cannot afford our fees, please discuss with us how Kidpower can, as a nonprofit organization, work with your school to apply for funding.

If you want an in-depth experience in how to use, promote, and teach child protection and personal safety skills, please consider signing up for our three-day Kidpower Skills for Child  Protection Advocates Training Institu

For more information about our programs, email us or call (800) 467-6997 ext. 1#.

If you don’t have a Kidpower center close to your community, consider setting up a new one and training as an instructor. We also train teachers and other professionals to include People Safety Skills in their programs and schools so that people everywhere can learn how to protect their emotional and physical safety.


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