Kidpower skills empower everyone in my family to set boundaries, project confidence, and speak up for safety.

Kidpower California serves people of all ages and abilities across the state.

My kids, my parents, my partner, and I all feel safer and more confident with Kidpower skills!

Our Underlying Principle:

Safety and healthy self-esteem are more important than anyone’s embarrassment, inconvenience, or offense — theirs, ours, or any other person’s.

Kidpower California helps people of all ages learn "People Safety" Skills to create cultures of caring, respect, and safety.

Meet the Kidpower California Team

Use the arrows or click thumbnails above to watch #KidpowerMoments from our California Instructors and Staff.

Organize A Workshop

Workshop organizers include parents, teachers, administrators, directors, employers, and other group leaders. They arrange workshops for their class, school, club, business, organization, congregation – or for their friends & neighbors!

Organizers tell us their priorities, and we tailor services to fit. We’ll also help nonprofit groups find out about grants or donations to help cover the cost.

The 7 steps to organizing a workshop are:

  1. Decide what workshop you want
  2. Choose a date and time
  3. Arrange a location
  4. Make a plan to cover the cost
  5. Sign up your participants
  6. Address logistics (i.e. parking, chairs, snacks, sound systems)
  7. Enjoy your workshop!

Talking with a Kidpower Workshop Coordinator as early as possible in your organizing process can save you time and effort. Lead Program Coordinator Ellen Frankel will work with you personally or connect you with a local coordinator in your area. Ellen can be reached at [email protected] and at 510-682-6928.

Workshop Options and Fees:
An Investment in Prevention and Peace of Mind

Kidpower is a nonprofit, and our listed fees reflect our break-even service cost. Fees cover a tailored needs assessment; guidance with organizing; the workshop itself; and follow-up safety support.

Our most popular workshops are listed along with their minimum costs below.

Services are adapted for participants’ different hearing, vision, mobility, or cognitive abilities. Actual rates very based on workshop length, group size, and distance outside our primary service areas. Contact us now to start planning your workshop! Kidpower Lead Program Coordinator Ellen Frankel can be reached at [email protected] or at 510-682-6928.

Kidpower Child Protection for Adults

Adults learn skills to keep kids safe with people including strangers, peers, and others at school, online, at home, and out in the world. Can highlight a topic, such as online safety or bullying, or a specific group, such as early childhood, middle school, or kids with special needs. $950 and up.

Kidpower Professional Development

Professionals learn how to incorporate Kidpower skills and methodology into their standard practices in educational, health, and social service agencies in order to foster positive social safety skill development. Sessions are tailored to the specific contexts of the participants, ranging from teachers to shelter staff to occupational therapists to camp counselors to coaches. $2000 and up.

Kidpower Starting Strong, for kids 3-5 with their adults

With their adults, kids 3-5 learn powerful, age-appropriate social safety skills through storytelling, puppets, and fun, interactive role-plays. 50 minutes. Must be arranged in sequence with another workshop. Adds $475 to total service cost.

Kidpower Class/Group, for kids 5-12 with a teacher/leader

Teachers, counselors, coaches, aftercare staff, and other leaders together with their class/group practice age-appropriate social safety skills to have more fun and fewer problems with peers, family, strangers, and others at school, at home, online, out in the world – everywhere! Can highlight a focus such as bullying prevention, online safety, or field trip safety. Includes school class workshops and K-5 assemblies. $950 and up

Kidpower Safety, for kids 5-12 with their adults

With their adults, kids 5-12 practice age-appropriate social safety skills to have more fun and fewer problems with peers, family, strangers, and others at school, at home, online, out in the world – everywhere! You can choose to limit your age span more narrowly within the 5-12 range. $950 and up. 

Kidpower Safety & Self-Defense, for kids 6-12 with their adults

With their adults, kids 6-12 practice social safety skills to have more fun and fewer problems with peers, family, strangers, and others at school, at home, online, out in the world – everywhere! In addition, kids learn full force self-defense skills with a head-to-toe padded instructor while the adults cheer them on!  $2000 and up.

Kidpower Safety & Self-Defense "On Your Own", for kids 9-14 with their adults

With their adults, kids 9-14 practice social safety skills to have more fun and fewer problems while out on their own with peers, family, strangers, and others at school, at home, online, at camp, or out in the world – everywhere! In addition, kids learn full force self-defense skills with a head-to-toe padded instructor while the adults cheer them on! $2000 and up. 

Teenpower Class/Group, for teens 13-17 with their teacher/leader

Together with their teacher or other adult leader in a school, club, or agency, teens practice social safety skills to prevent violence, strengthen communication, manage conflict, de-escalate confrontation, and avoid or leave potentially dangerous situations in the real world and online. $950 and up.

Teenpower Safety, for teens 13-17

Teens practice social safety skills to prevent violence, strengthen communication, manage conflict, de-escalate confrontation, and avoid or leave potentially dangerous situations in the real world and online. $950 and up.

Teenpower Safety & Self-Defense, for teens 13-17

Teens practices social safety skills to prevent violence, strengthen communication, manage conflict, de-escalate confrontation, and avoid or leave potentially dangerous situations in the real world and online. Includes full force self-defense practice with a head-to-toe padded instructor. $2300 and up.

Fullpower Safety, for adults 18-100+

Adults practice social safety skills to prevent violence, strengthen communication, manage conflict, de-escalate confrontation, and avoid or leave potentially dangerous situations in the real world and online, on their own or while providing care for others. $950 and up.

Fullpower Safety & Self-Defense, for adults 18-100+

Adults practice social safety skills to prevent violence, strengthen communication, manage conflict, de-escalate confrontation, and avoid or leave potentially dangerous situations in the real world and online, on their own or while providing care for others. Includes full force self-defense practice with a head-to-toe padded instructor. $2000 and up.

Corporate Workshops and Special Programs for the Workplace

Please contact us to discuss your specific needs. We will provide a quote.

July and August 2017 Featured Organizer: The Hatlen Center

Read more about how California Workshop Organizers are bringing Kidpower services to their students, staff, volunteers, and communities.

The mission of the Dean and Margaret Lesher Foundation is to enhance the quality of life for residents of Contra Costa County, California. The Foundation’s generous support of Kidpower underscores their recognition that the skills we teach make a positive difference in the quality of life of children and families.

Kidpower’s donors help us reach those most vulnerable to bullying, violence, and abuse. Learn about our featured donors!

California Public Workshop Registration:

Check the Schedule Below to Sign Up for a Class!

Each public workshop has its own registration link that will lead you to a class description that includes the fee. Select any workshop title below to see available upcoming dates, times, and locations. Please read our cancellation policy before registering. We offer partial scholarships to help those in need.

After you register, we’ll email a confirmation with logistics, driving directions, and a waiver if you need one. Call 800-467-6997 ext. 0# or email [email protected] with any questions about our California public workshops or about our registration system.

95% of our workshops are not on this public schedule because most are privately organized. Learn more about organizing your own workshop.

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All public workshop sites are wheelchair accessible.

Kidpower Starting Strong Workshop for ages 3-5 with their adults

“I am so thankful to now have the tools to teach my young child about safety issues. It is amazing how with a little practice, we both have gained so many skills.” Through puppets and fun, interactive stories, learn how to introduce People Safety Skills and to continue to practice them in your daily life. About our children’s services

San Francisco

Saturday, August 19th 9am – 9:50am  WORKSHOP FULL | Directions

Walnut Creek

Sunday, October 15th 9am – 9:50am  Register | Flyer | Directions

Santa Cruz

Sunday, September 24th 9am – 9:50am  Register | Flyer | Directions

Kidpower Safety Workshop for ages 5-8 with their adults

“Our family had fun, and we use what we learned every day!” Protect your child from harm and gain valuable tools for building better relationships. About our children’s services

San Francisco

Saturday, August 19th 10:30am – 12:30pm  Register | Flyer | Directions
This workshop is offered at a lower price!

Larkspur

Saturday, September 23rd 10:30am – 12:30pm  Register | Flyer | Directions

Walnut Creek

Sunday, October 15th 10:30am – 12:30pm  Register | Flyer | Directions

Santa Cruz

Sunday, September 24th 10:30am – 12:30pm  Register | Flyer | Directions

Kidpower Safety and Self-Defense Workshop for ages 6-12 with their adults

“My kids loved the self-defense practice with the padded instructor – and I have more peace of mind!”Older children together with their adults practice personal safety skills for handling every day emotional and physical safety problems and self-defense skills for stopping emergencies. About our children’s services

San Francisco

Saturday, September 9th 9am – 1pm  Register | Flyer | Directions

Berkeley

Saturday, September 30th 9am – 1pm  Register | Flyer | Directions

Walnut Creek

Sunday, October 15th 1pm – 5pm  Register | Flyer | Directions

Kidpower Safety and Self-Defense ‘On Your Own’ Workshop for ages 9-14 with their adults

As they get older, kids face new challenges along with new opportunities for independence both in the “real” world and online.  In this workshop, youth 9 to 14 years old together with their adults will practice “People Safety” skills for staying safe when by themselves, with groups of friends, or with adults, and practice self-defense skills for stopping emergencies. For more information about how to prepare youth for more independence, see: Safety For Kids On Their Way To School and Kidpower Strategies for Safety Online and Everywhere Else.

San Francisco

Saturday, October 14th 1pm – 5pm  Register | Flyer | Directions

Teenpower Safety and Self-Defense Workshop for teens ages 13-17

“I argued with my parents about going, but I’m glad I went. Now, if someone tries to bother me, I’ll be more able to protect myself.” This workshop gives teens focused practice in using boundary-setting, conflict resolution, self-protection, and self-defense skills to prevent and stop most attacks, bullying, and harassment. Opportunity for full-force practice of self-defense skills with the head-to-toe padded instructor. We encourage parents and caregivers to attend the last half hour of our Teenpower Workshops to observe their teens demonstrating the skills they learned! About our teen services.

Berkeley

Saturday, September 30th 1:30pm – 6:30pm  Register | Flyer | Directions

San Francisco

Saturday, September 9th 1:30pm – 6:30pm  Register | Flyer | Directions

Fullpower Safety and Self-Defense Workshop for Adults 18+

“I think about what I learned with you every day. You helped me find a power inside myself that I didn’t know I had.” This workshop gives adults the opportunity to practice protecting themselves from confrontations and from assaults in realistic scenarios. The head-to-toe padded instructor provides an opportunity for safe, effective practice of self-defense techniques. About our adult services.

San Francisco

Saturday, December 9th 1:30pm – 5:30pm  Register | Flyer | Directions


Thank you to our site donors! By generously giving space for our public workshops, they make Kidpower skills more accessible to people of all ages and abilities, helping to create safer neighborhoods, schools, and communities for us all. Thank you to: Black Pine Circle School in Berkeley;  Santa Cruz Montessori School in Aptos; Santa Cruz City Police Department Community Room, in downtown Santa Cruz; Glitter and Razz Productions in Oakland; Palo Alto Community Child Care; St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Napa; Twin Cities Police Authority in Larkspur; Watsonville Police Department; White Magnolia Tai Chi School in Kensington; Independent Living Resource Center in San Francisco; and Park Day School in Oakland.


How to Contact Public Workshop Organizers. For workshops in the greater San Francisco Bay, East Bay, Peninsula, South Bay, and Monterey Bay areas, as well as many other locations in California, please contact our Central Office. For workshops in Petaluma, Sebastopol, or Santa Rosa, please contact Steve Sassone. For workshops in Sonoma or Napa, please contact Jennifer Blackwood.

Photo from a Teen and Adult Personal Safety Workshop

Our Service Partners

 

Here is a small selection of the hundreds of groups Kidpower California has served reflecting the broad spectrum of communities that arrange Kidpower workshops:

 

  • Valley Center for the Blind, Fresno
  • Glide Foundation, San Francisco
  • UCLA Ties for Families, Los Angeles
  • The Harker School, San Jose
  • Facebook, Menlo Park
  • Tenderloin Safe Passage, San Francisco Dublin Senior Center
  • Boys and Girls Clubs, multiple regions
  • MyGym Beverly Hills, Henderson, and Atwater Village
  • Notre Dame des Victoires, San Francisco
  • Southern Marin Mothers Club
  • Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts – multiple regions
  • San Francisco Unified School District
  • West Contra Costa Unified School District
  • California School for the Blind, Fremont
  • Orinda Union School District
  • Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Lafayette
  • Migrant Education Program of the Monterey COE
  • Women’s Crisis Support Defensa de Mujeres, Santa Cruz
  • Gay Straight Alliance Clubs- various high schools
  • United Cerebral Palsy of the North Bay
  • City of Oakland Senior Companions & Foster Grandparents
  • Hospice of the Valley, San Jose
  • Alameda County Department of Health – Visiting Nurses
  • League of United Latin American Citizens Santa Clara County Youth Program
  • Soroptimist International Distritcts I and II
  • AltSchool, San Francisco
  • Independent Living Resource Center, San Francisco
  • Abilities United, Palo Alto
  • Junior Blind of America
  • College of Alameda
  • Yu Ming Charter School, Berkeley
  • City of Mill Valley Mature Adults Program
  • Miramonte High School, Orinda
  • Down Syndrome Connection
  • Berkeley Turkish School
  • Congregation Beth Jacob, Redwood City
  • Mountain View Los Altos Young Parent Program
  • Salinas City State Preschools
  • California Children’s Services, multiple regions
  • Junior Giants Baseball – Salinas PAL
Some of the many California Schools and Districts using Kidpower programs

About Us

Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower International Headquarters and Kidpower California Regional Offices

Kidpower Training for Trainers
August 2009 in Santa Cruz

The Kidpower Central Office provides curriculum development, training of instructors, quality assurance, and center development support for our services everywhere. Within California, we organize and teach workshops through offices in Castro Valley, Granada Hills, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Santa Rosa, San Diego, and Santa Cruz. We teach all programs for children, teens, and adults for families, schools, organizations, and businesses and serve over 20,000 people a year.

Contact Information for Kidpower throughout California:

Contact us now to start planning your workshop! For private workshops in California, contact Kidpower Lead Program Coordinator Ellen Frankel at [email protected] or at 510-682-6928.

For questions about our public workshops in the greater San Francisco Bay, East Bay, Peninsula, South Bay, and Monterey Bay areas, as well as many other locations in California, please contact our Central Office. For public workshops in Petaluma, Sebastopol, or Santa Rosa, please contact Steve Sassone. For public workshops in Sonoma or Napa, please contact Jennifer Blackwood.


Kidpower International Headquarters & Central Office

Contact: Irene van der Zande
Position: Executive Director and Founder
Phone: 1-831-426-4407 Ext. 0#
Email: [email protected]

Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower International
P.O. Box 1212
Santa Cruz, CA 95061
Phone: 1-800-467-6997
www.kidpower.org
Email: [email protected]

Kidpower California Office Contact Information
For information about our California Workshops please call 1-800-467-6997 ext 1# or email us at [email protected]

Contact: Erika Leonard
Position: California Program Director
Phone: (510) 334-2242
Email: [email protected]

Traveling Instructors for Private Group Workshops

Kidpower instructors lead comprehensive learning experiences with skill, compassion, and humor. If you live far from a Center but want Kidpower training for a group, please email [email protected]! We look forward to exploring what arrangement could work for your group and for Kidpower.

If you are not able to organize a private group workshop, please consider traveling to an existing center for a workshop or contacting us for long-distance consultations via video conference. You might also consider starting a center in your community!

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