After providing twenty-two years of grassroots education through Kidpower, we’ve seen again and again how a few simple skills can stop most attempts of bullying, violence, and abuse. We are proud that we have shared Kidpower skills with over two million people worldwide. When we say that “Kidpower is for everyone,” we mean it!
We also realize just far we still have to go. No matter how long I do this work, my heart still breaks each time I hear of a child who has experienced violence and abuse. We want to reach more children, families, and other caring adults with our core messages and skills.
None of us has the power to make everyone stop trying to do dangerous things, but we all have the power to take action today that will make kids safer.
I am proud to announce that Kidpower has launched an ambitious, interactive, worldwide project called One Million Safer Kids. Through online outreach, distance learning, books, and our extensive library of articles, Kidpower aims to share our core skills with the next million families as soon as possible. Our in-person training will still be as central to our mission as it has always been, and we will enhance it with new offerings that we can share with the whole world. For example, I am arranging a training by Skype for a counselor in Nepal. We are eager to capitalize on our growing ability to connect with people like over the world, both people who have used Kidpower training and resources over the years and people who have yet to hear of us.
One Million Safer Kids by June 30, 2016 or sooner is our goal, and we invite you to join us by taking action in your home, neighborhood, and community that adds to the count. What can YOU do to help a kid in your life be safer? How can Kidpower help? We will track our results and YOUR EFFORTS can be counted as we teach the next million kids, and the million after that.
Why wait? Our worry, fear, and sadness don’t make kids safer. Our actions, time, and commitment can.
Visit our new One Million Safer Kids website to learn more and to share with others.
Wishing safety and joy for you and your loved ones,
Irene van der Zande
Kidpower Executive Director/Co-Founder