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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Special Opportunity! FREE Kidpower’s “Starting Strong Story Hour”
Join best-selling author Irene van der Zande for her Kidpower “Starting Strong Story Hour” for kids ages 3-7 and their adults at Bookshop Santa Cruz. Irene will be sharing valuable and practical social safety stories and skills from her just-published book Starting Strong Safety Lessons about how to prevent and solve problems with people. She will also use puppets for introducing some of the skills.
Kidpower Starting Strong Workshop for ages 3-6 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
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
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 Diego (This workshop uses Kick Pads)
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.
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.
Fullpower Safety and Self-Defense Workshop
“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.
More Fullpower Workshops coming soon!
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; Park Day School in Oakland; The Seven Hills School in Walnut Creek; Watsonville Taekwondo Academy; and St. Matthew’s Episcopal Day School in San Mateo!
All public workshop sites are wheelchair accessible.
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:
- Decide what workshop you want
- Choose a date and time
- Arrange a location
- Make a plan to cover the cost
- Sign up your participants
- Address logistics (i.e. parking, chairs, snacks, sound systems)
- 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@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 3-6 with their adults
With their adults, kids 3-6 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.
Contact us now to start planning your workshop! Kidpower Lead Program Coordinator Ellen Frankel can be reached at email@example.com or at 510-682-6928.
Read more about how California Workshop Organizers are bringing Kidpower services to their students, staff, volunteers, and communities.
People with disabilities face a higher risk of bullying, abuse, and violence than their peers, and the generous support of the Lowell Berry Foundation has supported, for over a decade, Kidpower safety workshops empowering those with disabilities as well as their family members, mentors, and allies.
Meet the Kidpower California Team
Use the arrows or click thumbnails above to watch #KidpowerMoments from our California Instructors and Staff.
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
- Junior Giants Baseball – Salinas PAL
- The Seven Hills School, Walnut Creek
- 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
Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower International Headquarters and Kidpower California Regional Offices
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:
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#
Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower International
P.O. Box 1212
Santa Cruz, CA 95061
San Francisco Office
Kidpower San Francisco Office
Contact: Antonie Del Bonta
Position: Program Coordinator
Phone: 1-800-467-6997 Ext. 1#
South Bay Office
Kidpower South Bay Office
51 E. Campbell Ave #129-1152
Campbell, CA 95008
Contact: Eamon Saki
Position: Central Office Manager
East Bay Office
Kidpower East Bay Office
P.O. Box 2163
Castro Valley, CA 94546
Contact: Ellen Frankel
Position: Program Coordinator
North Bay Office
Kidpower North Bay Office
P.O. Box 4306
Santa Rosa, CA 95042
Contact: Steve Sassone
Position: Program Coordinator
Kidpower Sonoma Office
P.O. Box 40
Sonoma, CA 95476
Contact: Jennifer Blackwood
Position: Program Coordinator
Los Angeles Office
Kidpower Los Angeles Office P.O. Box 3586 Granada Hills, CA 91344 Contact: Denlin Doty Position: Instructor/Program Coordinator Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
San Diego Office
Kidpower San Diego Office
P.O. Box 178791
San Diego, CA 92117
Contact: Stefany Reed
Position: Program Coordinator
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@example.com! 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!