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Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower is a global nonprofit leader

Kidpower is dedicated to child protection advocacy and empowering people of all ages and abilities with life skills for safety and success. Since 1989, Kidpower has protected nearly 5 million people, including those with special needs, from bullying, cyberbullying, abuse, kidnapping, and other violence by empowering them with awareness, knowledge, and skills.

National Bullying Prevention Month - October

BULLYING PREVENTION MONTH

October is National Bullying Prevention Month:
3 Actions Adults Can Take NOW to Protect Kids from Bullying

Bullying is an emergency that requires urgent action. Kidpower International provides immediate solutions to help protect kids.
October 12, 2017
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When Disaster Strikes: Safety Comes From Inside Ourselves | Kidpower International

FACING DISASTERS

When Disaster Strikes: Safety Comes From Inside Ourselves

Irene van der Zande, Founder of Kidpower, offers advice on how to find balance and a sense of safety when faced with disaster, tragedy and fearful events.

August 31, 2017
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When Disaster Strikes: Safety Comes From Inside Ourselves | Kidpower International

SCHOOL SAFETY

Back to School With Safety And Confidence From Kidpower

Answers FAQ’s on starting school safely and with confidence and provides popular Kidpower resources to help parents and caring adults achieve this.

August 12, 2016
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ABC's "View from the Bay" TV Bullying Prevention interview of Irene van der Zande

BULLYING PREVENTION

ABC News, View From the Bay

Segment about bullying prevention, skills & resources with Kidpower Founder, Irene van der Zande.

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Children and Youth Services Review - Academic Research into Kidpower's Methods

ACADEMIC EVALUATION

Empowering children with safety skills: An evaluation of the Kidpower Everyday Safety Skills Program
Children and Youth Services Review

A thorough academic review of how Kidpower “uses best practices in victimization risk-education and prevention”.

September 2014, Volume 44, Pages 152-162
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How You Can Keep Kids Safe from Child Abuse KKTV11 News - Colorado | Kidpower International

CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION

How You Can Keep Kids Safe
KKTV 11 News – Colorado

KKTV 11 News describes recent abuse cases and shows the effectiveness and importance of boundary setting in a Kidpower workshop.

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What is Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower International?

Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower International is a global non-profit leader dedicated to child protection advocacy and empowering people of all ages, abilities, cultures, beliefs, and identities with life skills for safety and success. Our vision is to work together to create cultures of safety, respect, and kindness for everyone, everywhere.

Since 1989, Kidpower has protected nearly 5 million people, including those with special needs, from bullying, abuse, kidnapping, and other violence by empowering them with awareness, knowledge, and skills – and has prepared them to take charge of their safety and well being. Worldwide, thousands of educators, mental health experts, public safety officials, health care providers, community leaders, and parents recommend Kidpower for being effective, positive, hands-on, safe, trauma-informed, culturally competent, age-appropriate, and relevant.

Kidpower delivers services through:

  • Hands-on experiential workshops for families, schools, organizations, businesses, and agencies
  • Trainings for people wishing to learn how to use and teach our programs
  • Partnerships with groups that share our commitment to safety and respect
  • Consulting and coaching calls, for individuals and groups, to provide long-distance support
  • Extensive online educational resources including articles, handouts, posters, and videos
  • Cartoon-illustrated books for children, teens, and adults and other publications
  • Initiatives such as International Child Protection Advocacy Month in September
Why are the ‘People Safety’ Skills taught by Kidpower important?

‘People Safety’ means the knowledge, strategies, and skills that can prevent and solve most problems with people. Just as ‘Fire Safety’ means more than ‘burning prevention’, ‘People Safety’ means more than stopping bullying, violence, and abuse. Kidpower programs prepare individuals to:

  • Have more fun and fewer problems with themselves and each other
  • Take charge of their own safety and well being
  • Take leadership in protecting the safety and well being of those in their care

‘People Safety’ includes knowing how to:

  • Set boundaries to develop better relationships
  • Make safety plans to prepare for the unexpected
  • Advocate effectively for yourself and others
  • Use self-protection strategies to prevent most trouble before it starts
  • Use self-defense skills to escape from an attack
What problems does Kidpower help to solve?

In these troubled times, parents, educators, and other caring adults often feel overwhelmed and helpless about how to protect their kids and themselves from bullying, abuse, harassment, prejudice, kidnapping, assault, and trauma caused by upsetting experiences and news. Just worrying or talking about the bad things that might happen does not make anyone safer – it just makes them scared. Being successful in practicing what to say and do helps to reduce anxiety, increase confidence, and develop competence.

Instead of using fear to teach about danger, Kidpower makes it fun to learn to stay safe. In addition to providing tools for preventing or coping with deeply upsetting or dangerous problems, Kidpower skills and strategies also help with everyday life for issues such as:

  • Starting school
  • Enjoying sleep-overs or the holidays
  • Dealing with difficult family members or friends
  • Choosing a child care person
  • Preparing children for more independence
  • Leaving home or starting college
  • Seeking a job or starting a new job
  • Moving or taking a trip
What kinds of services does Kidpower provide?

Kidpower programs are effective, empowering, and fun – and use our Positive Practice Teaching Method to give students the opportunity to rehearse skills in contexts that are age-appropriate, adapted to their abilities, and relevant to their lives. For more specific information, visit our Training/Workshops page.

Our services include:

  • hands-on experiential workshops for families, schools, organizations, businesses, and agencies
  • trainings for people wishing to learn how to use and teach our programs
  • partnerships with groups that share our commitment to safety and respect
  • consulting and coaching calls to provide long-distance support
  • extensive online educational resources including articles, handouts, posters, and videos
  • cartoon-illustrated books for children, teens, and adults and other publications
  • initiatives such as International Child Protection Advocacy Month in September
How did Kidpower begin?

In 1985, when her family was young, community organizer and author Irene van der Zande protected a group of small children, including her own two, from a man who was threatening to kidnap them in a public place with people standing all around. Although she stopped the man by yelling at him and by ordering a bystander to help, having this experience left Irene with questions such as: “What if he had knocked me down?” “What if I hadn’t been there?” And, “How can I teach my kids to be safe without making them anxious?”

Irene’s search for answers led to the inspiration for starting Kidpower. Through her leadership, thousands of people have contributed their expertise, time, resources, and commitment to develop the exceptional Kidpower curriculum and to establish the Kidpower organization as a leading resource for teaching safety skills worldwide. See A Tapestry Woven by Many Different Hands.

Who is leading Kidpower today?

For almost 30 years, Founder Irene van der Zande has continued to serve as Kidpower’s executive director and primary author. With the support of her board, advisors, and center directors, she has overseen the growth of Kidpower from a small California non-profit in 1989 to a large, grassroots, multi-national organization with over 150 instructors worldwide who provide services in the US as well as in over as 20 countries on every continent except Antarctica. In addition, thousands of Kidpower advocates use the Kidpower curriculum to teach ‘People Safety’ lessons in their families, schools, organizations, and institutions.

Irene has become an internationally-known interpersonal safety expert who has taught thousands of people how to protect kids, teens, and adults, including those with special needs, from bullying, abuse, harassment, domestic and relationship violence, assault, kidnapping, prejudice, and trauma. She is a passionate advocate for safety and empowerment, especially for those who are most disadvantaged, and is available as an expert resource on radio and television as well as for print and online media.

In addition to hundreds of articles and training manuals for Kidpower, Irene’s publications also include: (please put the titles correctly with a link to each book)

Is there any proof that Kidpower is effective?

Kidpower programs and curriculum have been developed and are continuously reviewed to ensure that we provide consistently evidence-based and effective personal safety training and curriculum for educators. Additionally, the spontaneous feedback and formal evaluations from workshop participants – be they parents and kids, educators, law enforcement, mental health, or child development professionals – has been overwhelmingly positive, with almost everyone who has had direct experience with our services giving Kidpower a very high rating for relevance, effectiveness, and competence.

Please visit our Research page for summaries of studies published by independent evaluators documenting the effectiveness of the Kidpower program. An article by independent researchers, Empowering children with safety-skills: An evaluation of the Kidpower Everyday Safety-Skills Program was  published in the September 2014 issue of the academic journal Children and Youth Services Review.  This study showed significant differences between children who had received Kidpower training and children in a comparison group.

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