“Mean girl behavior. Can Kidpower help with that?” — Parents and teachers regularly contact Kidpower with some version of this question as they look for ways to address hurtful behavior that doesn’t involve physical aggression or direct threats and name-calling. “Social aggression” or “relational aggression” are terms commonly used by researchers and other professionals with expertise about this kind of behavior, which occurs among people of any gender, not just girls. Kidpower supports adults and youth, regardless of gender, in learning how to build effective communication and personal safety skills to support social-emotional safety, in person or online and using social media.

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Erika Leonard manages our California center, trains and mentors instructors, and is a Kidpower Senior Program Leader.

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