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We are honored and moved by the hard work and commitment of an almost-13-year-old named Max in raising funds to further Kidpower’s work in stopping bullying. As his Bar Mitzvah service project, Max dedicated a great deal of time and energy to reach out online to his circle of family and friends, contact local businesses, and organize a skating party as a fundraising event. Max has raised $970 so far, and the donations are still coming in!

In the process, Max has raised a great deal of awareness about the work that Kidpower does to find positive solutions to address bullying, including asking other young people to make the Kidpower Put Safety First Commitment for Yourself and Others.  Max has taken leadership in other ways to stop bullying, including reaching out to include kids who have been bullied at his school.

CONGRATULATIONS, MAX, on your Bar Mitzvah – and THANK YOU for your contributions to our work.

Max at skating rink

Thank you, Max, for raising $970 so far to support Kidpower’s work towards stopping bullying as his Bar Mitzvah service project.


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Published: March 11, 2015   |   Last Updated: April 12, 2017

Kidpower Founder and Executive Irene van der Zande is a master at teaching safety through stories and practices and at inspiring others to do the same. Her child protection and personal safety expertise has been featured by USA Today, CNN, Today Moms, the LA Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Publications include: cartoon-illustrated Kidpower Safety Comics and Kidpower Teaching Books curriculum; Bullying: What Adults Need to Know and Do to Keep Kids Safe; the Relationship Safety Skills Handbook for Teens and Adults; Earliest Teachable Moment: Personal Safety for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers; The Kidpower Book for Caring Adults: Personal Safety, Self-Protection, Confidence, and Advocacy for Young People, and the Amazon Best Seller Doing Right by Our Kids: Protecting Child Safety at All Levels.