by Irene van der Zande, Kidpower Founder and Executive Director | May 26, 2021
Last week, a brave 11-year-old girl playing with homemade blue slime while waiting for her school bus fought an attacker – and didn’t give up – until she escaped. She kept her wits about her, smearing slime on his arms to make it easier for him to get caught – an idea she got from […]
by Irene van der Zande, Kidpower Founder and Executive Director | Mar 29, 2018
To honor Child Abuse Prevention Month this April, we encourage everyone to use and share the following free resources to keep our children and teens safe from harm and to prepare them to take charge of their safety. 1. Address the challenges that can increase the risks of abuse and make four important decisions to […]
by Irene van der Zande, Kidpower Founder and Executive Director | Mar 19, 2016
This interview on Kevin Grossman’s Reach West Radio Show with Kidpower Founder Irene van der Zande describes Kidpower’s “effective stretch” in seeking to empower the well being of every person on our planet – while keeping our quality high as we grow.
by Irene van der Zande, Kidpower Founder and Executive Director | Jun 6, 2014
Taking trips, going to camp, or spending more time on their own in the neighborhood can be great for kids in the summer. But changing routines and going to new places can also present new risks. Here are some resources providing simple steps parents can take and safety skills they can teach their kids before summer camp and recreational activities start, in ways that are fun and age-appropriate rather than scary.
by Irene van der Zande, Kidpower Founder and Executive Director | Aug 31, 2011
“SQUAWK! SQAWK!” One afternoon last week, Poelleke, an Ameraucana hen who faithfully lays an egg a day, suddenly sounded the alarm by raising a ruckus. Her humans came running out of their house to see a bobcat that had climbed inside their six-foot wire fence, stalking Poelleke and the nine younger hens.