Safety Leadership Challenge

Safety Leadership Challenge

Build your safety leadership skills!

Use our 30-part Kidpower Safety Leadership Challenge resource individually or with colleagues, family, students, friends, teammates, or others!

Kidpower Challenge images are designed to be used individually or as a series to spark thought, discussion, creativity, and change – to support safer workplaces, schools, homes, teams, and communities.

Learn more about ways to share the challenge with others in your personal or professional life, as a one-time activity or as a month-long event!

Thank you to all who participated in the first-ever Global Kidpower Safety Leadership Challenge!

We are grateful to the thousands who participated in the first Kidpower Safety Leadership Challenge Global Action for All Ages and Abilities in April 2021! Your creativity, engagement, and commitment to safety has energized and inspired countless others to continue learning, using, and teaching strategies to promote greater safety for everyone, everywhere!

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Adult woman crossing guard smiling. Text: Day 1: Put Safety First #KidpowerSLC
Child and adult holding hands. Text: Day 2: Model & Teach Safety Skills #KidpowerSLC
Woman's face with her eyes closed. Text: Day 3: Take Charge of Your Emotional Triggers #KidpowerSLC
Adult man holding stop hand up in focus. Text: Day 4: Set Clear, Respectful Boundaries #KidpowerSLC
Back of man walking on road median. Text: Day 5: Walk Your Talk #KidpowerSLC
Child with stop hand in front of their face. Text: Day 6: Respect Boundaries #KidpowerSLC
Running shoes going up stairs. Text: Day 7: Move Away From Trouble #KidpowerSLC
Purple tulip blooming out of eggshell. Text: Day 8: See Mistakes as a part of Learning #KidpowerSLC
Adult woman looking to right, hand on chin. Text: Day 9: Think Before Speaking #KidpowerSLC
Child and adult holding soil and plant in hands. Text: Day 10: Empower Others #KidpowerSLC
Young woman and little girl holding baby. Text: Day 11: Follow the Boundary & Consent Rules #KidpowerSLC
Woman nurse in scrubs with face mask. Text: Day 12: Speak Up for Safety #KidpowerSLC
Adult holding baby hands. Text: Day 13: Protect Those Vulnerable to Harm #KidpowerSLC
Young boys stand face to face, heads touching. Text: Day 14: Uphold Boundaries Justly #KidpowerSLC
Businessman holding chin and smiling. Text: Day 15: Welcome Feedback #KidpowerSLC
Person holding their hands together. Text: Day 16: Be Clear About Consent #KidpowerSLC
Two women wearing hijabs, smiling at each other. Text: Day 17: Apologize Consciously #KidpowerSLC
Child and senior holding hands. Text: Day 18: Make Sure They Know You Care #KidpowerSLC
Little girl whispering in friend's ear. Text: Day 19: End Unsafe Secrets #KidpowerSLC
Two young men looking at each other, smiling. Text: Day 20: Focus On Solutions, Not Labels & Blame #KidpowerSLC
Bearded man side profile looking down. Text: Day 21: Uncover & Examine Assumptions #KidpowerSLC
Happy woman hugging herself. Text: Day 22: Be Kind - Including to Yourself #KidpowerSLC
Two people holding hands on rock. Text: Day 23: Ask For Help When You Need It #KidpowerSLC
Adult putting face mask on child. Text: Day 24: Make & Practice Safety Plans #KidpowerSLC
Adult man with tongue out and eyes-crossed. Text: Day 25: Asses Your Teasing & Sarcasm #KidpowerSLC
Smiling mother and child talking. Text: Day 26: Make It Safe for Others to Speak Up #KidpowerSLC
Toddler with bowl making a mess in kitchen. Text: Day 27: Embrace Imperfection #KidpowerSLC
Mother helping daughter sew stuffed animal. Text: Day 28: Make Amends #KidpowerSLC
Teen girl making heart with hands over one eye. Text: Day 29: Look Through Eyes of Love #KidpowerSLC
Senior man looking up and laughing. Text: Day 30: Grow. Learn. Change. #KidpowerSLC

Safety Leadership Challenge Day 1-6




Adult man holding stop hand up in focus. Text: Day 4: Set Clear, Respectful Boundaries #KidpowerSLC
Back of man walking on road median. Text: Day 5: Walk Your Talk #KidpowerSLC
Child with stop hand in front of their face. Text: Day 6: Respect Boundaries #KidpowerSLC

Safety Leadership Challenge Day 7-12

Running shoes going up stairs. Text: Day 7: Move Away From Trouble #KidpowerSLC
Purple tulip blooming out of eggshell. Text: Day 8: See Mistakes as a part of Learning #KidpowerSLC
Adult woman looking to right, hand on chin. Text: Day 9: Think Before Speaking #KidpowerSLC
Child and adult holding soil and plant in hands. Text: Day 10: Empower Others #KidpowerSLC
Young woman and little girl holding baby. Text: Day 11: Follow the Boundary & Consent Rules #KidpowerSLC
Woman nurse in scrubs with face mask. Text: Day 12: Speak Up for Safety #KidpowerSLC

Safety Leadership Challenge Day 13-18

Adult holding baby hands. Text: Day 13: Protect Those Vulnerable to Harm #KidpowerSLC
Young boys stand face to face, heads touching. Text: Day 14: Uphold Boundaries Justly #KidpowerSLC
Businessman holding chin and smiling. Text: Day 15: Welcome Feedback #KidpowerSLC
Person holding their hands together. Text: Day 16: Be Clear About Consent #KidpowerSLC
Two women wearing hijabs, smiling at each other. Text: Day 17: Apologize Consciously #KidpowerSLC
Child holding adults hand. Close up shot. Text: Day 18: Make Sure They Know You Care #KidpowerSLC

Safety Leadership Challenge Day 19-24

Little girl whispering in friend's ear. Text: Day 19: End Unsafe Secrets #KidpowerSLC
Two young men looking at each other, smiling. Text: Day 20: Focus On Solutions, Not Labels & Blame #KidpowerSLC
Bearded man side profile looking down. Text: Day 21: Uncover & Examine Assumptions #KidpowerSLC
Happy woman hugging herself. Text: Day 22: Be Kind - Including to Yourself #KidpowerSLC
Two people holding hands on rock. Text: Day 23: Ask For Help When You Need It #KidpowerSLC
Adult putting face mask on child. Text: Day 24: Make & Practice Safety Plans #KidpowerSLC

Safety Leadership Challenge Day 25-30

Adult man with tongue out and eyes-crossed. Text: Day 25: Asses Your Teasing & Sarcasm #KidpowerSLC
Smiling mother and child talking. Text: Day 26: Make It Safe for Others to Speak Up #KidpowerSLC
Toddler with bowl making a mess in kitchen. Text: Day 27: Embrace Imperfection #KidpowerSLC
Mother helping daughter sew stuffed animal. Text: Day 28: Make Amends #KidpowerSLC
Teen girl making heart with hands over one eye. Text: Day 29: Look Through Eyes of Love #KidpowerSLC
Senior man looking up and laughing. Text: Day 30: Grow. Learn. Change. #KidpowerSLC

Safety Leadership Challenge

A Global Action for All Ages & Abilities, April 2021

Challenge Yourself to Make Safety Happen! Here’s How:

WHY:

Safety happens when people put safety first. Every time we choose to speak or act in ways that put safety first, we are being safety leaders. Everyone has the power to be a safety leader. The more we use it, the safer our communities become.

WHO:

YOU – on your own or with friends, family, team, students, or colleagues (see Implement).

HOW:

Make a commitment to yourself:

For 30 days, I will work on building my safety leadership skills to help others – and myself – be safer, emotionally and physically, in person and online.

Simply deciding to participate means you are joining countless others around the world in a global action to put safety first.

WHERE:

Connect with Kidpower every day in April to get a daily Challenge Message, an image with 2-8 words chosen to spark thought, creativity, and conversation about safety leadership. Go to:

TOGETHER, WE WILL:
    • Increase emotional and physical safety in our homes, workplaces, schools, and communities
    • Inspire others – especially youth – to use their own power as safety leaders
    • Prevent harm and promote happiness – for ourselves and others
Download the #KidpowerSLC Social Media Toolkit

The #KidpowerSLC social media toolkit includes images and information to make it easy to share about the Challenge. Download now!

Participate!

To participate, you need two things:
  1. the ability to think about your words and actions – and your reasons for choosing them
  2. curiosity about how one person’s words and actions can affect others, online and in person
That’s it! Your safety leadership potential is NOT related to your age, ability, or life situation. Safety leadership is for EVERYONE!

Guidelines:

Failure is impossible. So is perfection.

The Kidpower Safety Leadership Challenge is not about perfecting or failing, winning or losing, being successful or quitting, or doing it better or worse than someone else. It is about exploring and creating a deeper understanding of safety for yourself and how you use your power, sharing safety skills and understanding with others, and encouraging and inspiring others to do the same. Engage a lot – or a little. Do it imperfectly. Do it one day, and then quit. Do it for the rest of your life. Regardless of how you choose to take part: Welcome to the Kidpower Safety Leadership Challenge!

Share – and avoid ‘requiring’

We’re excited to see businesses, teams, clubs, families, and schools using the Challenge with their groups! To share with yours, use our Ideas to Implement – or create your own.

Whatever you choose, we encourage you to focus on inviting others or creating opportunities – rather than making Challenge activities a ‘requirement’.

It’s hard to get curious about a requirement – and curiosity is an important part of a successful Challenge experience.

Focus on yourself

The Kidpower Safety Leadership Challenge is about deepening our understanding of our own personal power. It’s designed for individuals choosing to challenge themselves – and to be accountable to themselves.

Focusing on yourself and your own learning can also inspire colleagues, students, athletes, friends and family members to think about their own words and actions. This can become safety leadership in action!

Practice noticing without judging

Shame, blame, and judgment – directed at yourself or at others – get in the way of learning and growing. Practice letting these thoughts and feelings go – though this can be easy to say and hard to do!

Get creative

How can you explore these ideas? Can you capture them in images, art, video, movement, poetry, or music?
Can you embody them in a way that is all your own?
Can you create cues or reminders to help you remember them?
Does it work best for you to journal about them?
Or take a walk to be alone with your own thoughts?
Let your imagination run free – take charge of your own challenge experience!

Failure is impossible. So is perfection.

The Kidpower Safety Leadership Challenge is not about perfecting or failing, winning or losing, being successful or quitting, or doing it better or worse than someone else. It is about exploring and creating a deeper understanding of safety for yourself and how you use your power, sharing safety skills and understanding with others, and encouraging and inspiring others to do the same. Engage a lot – or a little. Do it imperfectly. Do it one day, and then quit. Do it for the rest of your life. Regardless of how you choose to take part: Welcome to the Kidpower Safety Leadership Challenge!

 

Share - and avoid 'requiring'

We’re excited to see businesses, teams, clubs, families, and schools using the Challenge with their groups! To share with yours, use our Ideas to Implement – or create your own.

Whatever you choose, we encourage you to focus on inviting others or creating opportunities – rather than making Challenge activities a ‘requirement’.

It’s hard to get curious about a requirement – and curiosity is an important part of a successful Challenge experience.

Focus on yourself

The Kidpower Safety Leadership Challenge is about deepening our understanding of our own personal power. It’s designed for individuals choosing to challenge themselves – and to be accountable to themselves.

Focusing on yourself and your own learning can also inspire colleagues, students, athletes, friends and family members to think about their own words and actions. This can become safety leadership in action!

Practice noticing without judging

Shame, blame, and judgment – directed at yourself or at others – get in the way of learning and growing. Practice letting these thoughts and feelings go – though this can be easy to say and hard to do!

Get creative

How can you explore these ideas?
Can you capture them in images, art, video, movement, poetry, or music?
Can you embody them in a way that is all your own?
Can you create cues or reminders to help you remember them?
Does it work best for you to journal about them?
Or take a walk to be alone with your own thoughts?
Let your imagination run free – take charge of your own challenge experience!

Share with Kidpower – we are excited to hear from you!

If you’re on social media, share your experience and engage with us through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and LinkedIn. Tag us and use hashtag #KidpowerSLC.

Contact us with your stories, thoughts, questions, and insights – or email challenge@kidpower.org.

Implement

People implementing the challenge to support learning, growth, and safety in their businesses, schools, clubs, and leagues include:

    • athletic/sports coaches
    • business owners/managers
    • community group leaders
    • educators
    • health care providers
    • wellness/fitness coaches

This section is designed to help all of them and YOU implement the challenge with your own group! You will find:

    • Sample ‘announcements’ you can copy and edit or use as-is
    • Activity ideas you can use in March, as the challenge approaches
    • Activity ideas you can use in April, with the daily Challenge Messages

Contact us with ideas to add to the list – or with questions and requests!

With & for employees/staff

Feel free to copy, paste, and edit these messages – or use as-is.

Sample A: announcements, personal note

“To strengthen my own leadership, I’m doing the Kidpower Safety Leadership Challenge in April. Though it takes just a few minutes a day, I believe it will help me speak and act in ways that can support a culture of safety, inclusion, and respect. I’ll be sharing a bit about my experience throughout the month. I invite you to participate in the Challenge as well – go to Kidpower.org/SLC. I will be interested in learning anything you want to share about your experience!”

Sample B: announcements, creating opportunity

In April [which is Child Abuse Prevention Month], we will be sharing the Kidpower Safety Leadership Challenge in our daily […?…]. The Kidpower Safety Leadership Challenge (Kidpower.org/SLC) is a shame-free, blame-free, requirement-free way to reflect on our own words and actions, how they affect others, and how we can use our words and actions more strategically to support physical and emotional safety. Each day, Kidpower shares a Challenge Message with a visual image and 2-8 words to spark thought about safety, leadership, and personal power. Given our commitment to safety and well-being, we want to make it easy for you to take advantage of this opportunity, too!”

Activities:

March – preceding month. Questions, messages, discussions

    • What is leadership? Does it require a title, pay, or compensation?
    • Is there anybody who cannot be a leader?
    • How is ‘safety leadership’ different from ‘leadership’?
    • Where can we strengthen our own leadership?
    • Could a focus on safety leadership improve the service we provide our customers?
    • Could safety leadership build our team or employee retention?

April – each day, using the image to spark activity;

    • Discuss the words – how do they connect to safety leadership?
    • Do you agree that this is part of leadership? Why? Why not?
    • Do we reflect this in our work, our messaging to clients/consumers?
    • Can you do this? Would anyone be safer, happier, healthier, more productive if you did? Why? Why not?
    • Discuss the image – why did the leadership team at Kidpower choose it
    • How could this concept inform or inspire your work?
    • If this were a focus throughout our company, how would the employee experience be impacted? Improved?

 

With & for students

Feel free to copy, paste, and edit these messages – or use as-is.

Sample A: announcements, to parents/caregivers

“In April, I’m going to be participating in the Kidpower Safety Leadership Challenge (Kidpower.org/SLC). I am excited about the idea of becoming a stronger ‘safety leader’. I am going to share the daily Challenge Messages in class, too, because I want every young person to have this kind of opportunity to consider their own power as safety leaders. You can follow the Kidpower Safety Leadership Challenge on the Kidpower site or on their social media – you don’t have to give an email address or register. New Challenge Messages will be listed there each day, starting April 1. We’ll be talking about them in class – you might enjoy talking about them at home, too!”

Sample B: announcements, to students

I’m participating in the Kidpower Safety Leadership Challenge this April. It’s easy to do – it’s not possible to win, lose, or fail, or even do it better or worse than anyone else. And, no one has to do anything embarrassing! It just involves making a commitment to myself to take time each day to think about personal power – and how words and actions affect others. My plan is to share the daily Challenge Messages with all of you each day for a few minutes because I am really interested in what you have to say about each one. Every single one of you is a safety leader, and I am excited about sharing this learning with you.”

Activities:

March – preceding month. Questions, messages, discussions

    • What is leadership? Does it require a title, pay, or compensation?
    • Is there anybody who cannot be a leader?
    • Whose leadership is overlooked? Where? Why?
    • How is ‘safety leadership’ different from ‘leadership’?
    • Where can we strengthen our own leadership?
    • What kinds of things make someone think they can’t be a leader?
    • What realistic actions could any one of us take that could make a positive difference?

April – each day, using the image to spark activity;

    • Discuss the words – how do they connect to safety leadership?
    • Do you agree that this is part of leadership? Why? Why not?
    • Can you do this? Would anyone be safer, happier, healthier, more productive if you did? Why? Why not?
    • Discuss the image – why did the leadership team at Kidpower choose it
    • If everyone made this a priority, how would our community be different?
    • What is a possible story leading up to this image?
    • What is a possible story following the image?
    • What would your own expression of this idea look or sound like – in art, music, theater, poetry?

 

With & for athletes

Feel free to copy, paste, and edit these messages – or use as-is.

Sample A: announcements, to parents/caregivers

“In April, I’m going to be participating in the Kidpower Safety Leadership Challenge (Kidpower.org/SLC). I am excited about the idea of becoming a stronger ‘safety leader’. I am going to share the daily Challenge Messages with all of you and with my athletes, too, because I want every young person to have this kind of opportunity to consider their own power as safety leaders. You can follow the Kidpower Safety Leadership Challenge on the Kidpower site or by going to their social media – you don’t have to give an email address or register in order to have access to all the information. New Challenge Messages will be listed there each day, starting April 1. We’ll be talking about them as a team. You might enjoy talking about them at home, too!”

Sample B: announcements, to athletes

I’m participating in the Kidpower Safety Leadership Challenge this April. It’s easy to do – it’s not possible to win, lose, or fail, or even do it better or worse than anyone else. And, no one has to do anything embarrassing! It just involves making a commitment to myself to take time each day to think about personal power – and how words and actions affect others. My plan is to share the daily Challenge Messages with all of you each day for a few minutes because I am really interested in what you have to say about each one. Every single one of you is a safety leader, and I am excited about sharing this learning with you. I believe it has the potential to make a positive difference for each of us – and for our team as a whole.”

Activities:

March – preceding month. Questions, messages, discussions

    • What is leadership? Does it require a title, pay, or compensation?
    • Is there anybody who cannot be a leader?
    • How is ‘safety leadership’ different from ‘leadership’?
    • How is leadership in sports unique? How is it similar to other kinds of leadership?
    • What kinds of ‘safety leadership’ could make our team/league/players/athletes better?
    • Where can we strengthen our own leadership?
    • How does a sense of safety – or the absence of safety – affect a team? 
    • What kinds of things make someone think they can’t be a leader?

April – each day, using the image to spark activity;

    • Discuss the words – how do they connect to safety leadership?
    • Do you agree that this is part of leadership? Why? Why not?
    • Do we reflect this in our teamwork? How could it make a difference?
    • Can you do this? Would anyone be safer, happier, healthier, more productive if you did? Why? Why not?
    • Can this idea make anything about our sport better? Worse?
    • Discuss the image – why did the leadership team at Kidpower choose it?
    • If everyone made this a priority, how would our team/community; group be different?
    • What is a possible story leading up to this image?
    • What is a possible story following the image?
    • What would your own expression of this idea look or sound like – in art, music, theater, poetry?

 

With & for family and friends

Feel free to copy, paste, and edit these messages – or use as-is.

Announcements might seem unnecessary for your family and friends – but everyone is different! Because people ask for it, we’re including it here.

Sample A:

“In April, I’m going to be participating in the Kidpower Safety Leadership Challenge (Kidpower.org/SLC). I am excited about the idea of becoming a stronger ‘safety leader’. The challenge is easy – no sign-up, no guilt, no stress, nothing embarrassing – and, lots of opportunities for great learning. Is anyone interested in participating in the Challenge, too? People are using it as an opportunity to connect by Zoom about something different – kind of like a book club without having to read a whole book. Let me know if you’re interested!”

Activities:

March – preceding month. Questions, messages, discussions to have with people in your life – again, keeping in mind the guidelines of focusing on yourself and on making these opportunities, not required discussions.

    • What is leadership? Does it require a title, pay, or compensation?
    • Is there anybody who cannot be a leader?
    • Whose leadership is overlooked? Where? Why?
    • How is ‘safety leadership’ different from ‘leadership’?
    • Where can we strengthen our own leadership?
    • What kinds of things make someone think they can’t be a leader?
    • What realistic actions could any one of us take that could make a positive difference?
    • Consider planning a (virtual/socially distanced) get together, like a book club – only with no book to read! – where the Challenge Messages become the discussion questions

April – each day, using the image to spark activity;

    • Let your child interview you about your experience – such as by asking you the questions below
    • Discuss the words – how do they connect to safety leadership?
    • Do you want to post the words or images? Create your own?
    • Do you agree that this is part of leadership? Why? Why not?
    • Do we reflect this in our everyday life?
    • Can you do this? Would anyone be safer, happier, healthier, more productive if you did? Why? Why not?
    • Discuss the image – why did the leadership team at Kidpower choose it
    • If everyone made this a priority, how would our community be different?
    • What is a possible story leading up to this image?
    • What is a possible story following the image?
    • What would your own expression of this idea look or sound like – in art, music, theater, poetry?

 

With & for patients, clients, consumers

Feel free to copy, paste, and edit these messages – or use as-is.

Announcements through your own social media, newsletters, etc. might include any of the following. 

Announcements samples

“Many of us at [GROUP] are participating in the Kidpower Safety Leadership Challenge (Kidpower.org/SLC) in April.”

“We’re always interested in learning how we can support physical and emotional wellness.”

“The Challenge is a shame-free, blame-free invitation to think about how we choose our words and actions – and how we can use them skillfully to support safety and well-being.”

“We’ll be [printing/posting/sharing] the Daily Challenge Messages – an image with 2-8 words intended to inspire reflection, thought, conversation.”

“April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and we’re doing the Kidpower Safety Leadership Challenge (Kidpower.org/SLC) to support a safer world for kids.”

Activities:

March – preceding month. Questions, messages, discussions. Everyone’s situation is different – some will fit for you, others won’t. Hopefully, they get your imagination going about what would be best for your group! Consider whether your space is one where posting any of this physically makes sense.

    • What is leadership? Does it require a title, pay, or compensation?
    • Is there anybody who cannot be a leader?
    • Whose leadership is overlooked? Where? Why?
    • How is ‘safety leadership’ different from ‘leadership’?
    • Where can we strengthen our own leadership?
    • What kinds of things make someone think they can’t be a leader?
    • What realistic actions could any one of us take that could make a positive difference?
    • Consider planning one event – or a few events – that are similar to a book club, without having to read the book! At the event, go through the messages – discuss!

April – each day, using the image to spark activity;

    • Discuss the words – how do they connect to safety leadership?
    • Do you agree that this is part of leadership? Why? Why not?
    • Do we reflect this in our everyday life?
    • Can you do this? Would anyone be safer, happier, healthier, more productive if you did? Why? Why not?
    • Discuss the image – why did the leadership team at Kidpower choose it
    • If everyone made this a priority, how would our community be different?
    • What is a possible story leading up to this image?
    • What is a possible story following the image?
    • What would your own expression of this idea look or sound like – in art, music, theater, poetry?

 

OVERVIEW

People implementing the challenge to support learning, growth, and safety in their businesses, schools, clubs, and leagues include:

    • athletic/sports coachess
    • business owners/managers
    • community group leaders
    • educators
    • health care providers
    • wellness/fitness coaches

This section is designed to help all of them and YOU implement the challenge with your own group! You will find:

    • Sample ‘announcements’ you can copy and edit or use as-is
    • Activity ideas you can use in March, as the challenge approaches
    • Activity ideas you can use in April, with the daily Challenge Messages

Contact us with ideas to add to the list – or with questions and requests!

 

My Employees/Staff

Feel free to copy, paste, and edit these messages – or use as-is.

Sample A: announcements, personal note

“To strengthen my own leadership, I’m doing the Kidpower Safety Leadership Challenge in April. Though it takes just a few minutes a day, I believe it will help me speak and act in ways that can support a culture of safety, inclusion, and respect. I’ll be sharing a bit about my experience throughout the month. I invite you to participate in the Challenge as well – go to Kidpower.org/SLC. I will be interested in learning anything you want to share about your experience!”

Sample B: announcements, creating opportunity

In April [which is Child Abuse Prevention Month], we will be sharing the Kidpower Safety Leadership Challenge in our daily […?…]. The Kidpower Safety Leadership Challenge (Kidpower.org/SLC) is a shame-free, blame-free, requirement-free way to reflect on our own words and actions, how they affect others, and how we can use our words and actions more strategically to support physical and emotional safety. Each day, Kidpower shares a Challenge Message with a visual image and 2-8 words to spark thought about safety, leadership, and personal power. Given our commitment to safety and well-being, we want to make it easy for you to take advantage of this opportunity, too!”

Activities:

March – preceding month. Questions, messages, discussions

    • What is leadership? Does it require a title, pay, or compensation?
    • Is there anybody who cannot be a leader?
    • How is ‘safety leadership’ different from ‘leadership’?
    • Where can we strengthen our own leadership?
    • Could a focus on safety leadership improve the service we provide our customers?
    • Could safety leadership build our team or employee retention?

April – each day, using the image to spark activity;

    • Discuss the words – how do they connect to safety leadership?
    • Do you agree that this is part of leadership? Why? Why not?
    • Do we reflect this in our work, our messaging to clients/consumers?
    • Can you do this? Would anyone be safer, happier, healthier, more productive if you did? Why? Why not?
    • Discuss the image – why did the leadership team at Kidpower choose it
    • How could this concept inform or inspire your work?
    • If this were a focus throughout our company, how would the employee experience be impacted? Improved?

My Students

Feel free to copy, paste, and edit these messages – or use as-is.

Sample A: announcements, to parents/caregivers

“In April, I’m going to be participating in the Kidpower Safety Leadership Challenge (Kidpower.org/SLC). I am excited about the idea of becoming a stronger ‘safety leader’. I am going to share the daily Challenge Messages in class, too, because I want every young person to have this kind of opportunity to consider their own power as safety leaders. You can follow the Kidpower Safety Leadership Challenge on the Kidpower site or on their social media – you don’t have to give an email address or register. New Challenge Prompts will be listed there each day, starting April 1. We’ll be talking about them in class – you might enjoy talking about them at home, too!”

Sample B: announcements, to students

I’m participating in the Kidpower Safety Leadership Challenge this April. It’s easy to do – it’s not possible to win, lose, or fail, or even do it better or worse than anyone else. And, no one has to do anything embarrassing! It just involves making a commitment to myself to take time each day to think about personal power – and how words and actions affect others. My plan is to share the daily Challenge Messages with all of you each day for a few minutes because I am really interested in what you have to say about each one. Every single one of you is a safety leader, and I am excited about sharing this learning with you.”

Activities:

March – preceding month. Questions, messages, discussions

    • What is leadership? Does it require a title, pay, or compensation?
    • Is there anybody who cannot be a leader?
    • Whose leadership is overlooked? Where? Why?
    • How is ‘safety leadership’ different from ‘leadership’?
    • Where can we strengthen our own leadership?
    • What kinds of things make someone think they can’t be a leader?
    • What realistic actions could any one of us take that could make a positive difference?

April – each day, using the image to spark activity;

    • Discuss the words – how do they connect to safety leadership?
    • Do you agree that this is part of leadership? Why? Why not?
    • Can you do this? Would anyone be safer, happier, healthier, more productive if you did? Why? Why not?
    • Discuss the image – why did the leadership team at Kidpower choose it
    • If everyone made this a priority, how would our community be different?
    • What is a possible story leading up to this image?
    • What is a possible story following the image?
    • What would your own expression of this idea look or sound like – in art, music, theater, poetry?

 

My Athletes

Feel free to copy, paste, and edit these messages – or use as-is.

Sample A: announcements, to parents/caregivers

“In April, I’m going to be participating in the Kidpower Safety Leadership Challenge (Kidpower.org/SLC). I am excited about the idea of becoming a stronger ‘safety leader’. I am going to share the daily Challenge Messages with all of you and with my athletes, too, because I want every young person to have this kind of opportunity to consider their own power as safety leaders. You can follow the Kidpower Safety Leadership Challenge on the Kidpower site or by going to their social media – you don’t have to give an email address or register in order to have access to all the information. New Challenge Messages will be listed there each day, starting April 1. We’ll be talking about them as a team. You might enjoy talking about them at home, too!”

Sample B: announcements, to athletes

I’m participating in the Kidpower Safety Leadership Challenge this April. It’s easy to do – it’s not possible to win, lose, or fail, or even do it better or worse than anyone else. And, no one has to do anything embarrassing! It just involves making a commitment to myself to take time each day to think about personal power – and how words and actions affect others. My plan is to share the daily Challenge Messages with all of you each day for a few minutes because I am really interested in what you have to say about each one. Every single one of you is a safety leader, and I am excited about sharing this learning with you. I believe it has the potential to make a positive difference for each of us – and for our team as a whole.”

Activities:

March – preceding month. Questions, message, discussions

    • What is leadership? Does it require a title, pay, or compensation?
    • Is there anybody who cannot be a leader?
    • How is ‘safety leadership’ different from ‘leadership’?
    • How is leadership in sports unique? How is it similar to other kinds of leadership?
    • What kinds of ‘safety leadership’ could make our team/league/players/athletes better?
    • Where can we strengthen our own leadership?
    • How does a sense of safety – or the absence of safety – affect a team? 
    • What kinds of things make someone think they can’t be a leader?

April – each day, using the image to spark activity;

    • Discuss the words – how do they connect to safety leadership?
    • Do you agree that this is part of leadership? Why? Why not?
    • Do we reflect this in our teamwork? How could it make a difference?
    • Can you do this? Would anyone be safer, happier, healthier, more productive if you did? Why? Why not?
    • Can this idea make anything about our sport better? Worse?
    • Discuss the image – why did the leadership team at Kidpower choose it?
    • If everyone made this a priority, how would our team/community; group be different?
    • What is a possible story leading up to this image?
    • What is a possible story following the image?
    • What would your own expression of this idea look or sound like – in art, music, theater, poetry?

 

My Family & Friends

Feel free to copy, paste, and edit these messages – or use as-is.

Advance messaging might seem unnecessary for your family and friends – but everyone is different! Because people ask for it, we’re including it here.

Sample A:

“In April, I’m going to be participating in the Kidpower Safety Leadership Challenge (Kidpower.org/SLC). I am excited about the idea of becoming a stronger ‘safety leader’. The challenge is easy – no sign-up, no guilt, no stress, nothing embarrassing – and, lots of opportunities for great learning. Is anyone interested in participating in the Challenge, too? People are using it as an opportunity to connect by Zoom about something different – kind of like a book club without having to read a whole book. Let me know if you’re interested!”

Activities:

March – preceding month. Questions, messages, discussions to have with people in your life – again, keeping in mind the guidelines of focusing on yourself and on making these opportunities, not required discussions.

    • What is leadership? Does it require a title, pay, or compensation?
    • Is there anybody who cannot be a leader?
    • Whose leadership is overlooked? Where? Why?
    • How is ‘safety leadership’ different from ‘leadership’?
    • Where can we strengthen our own leadership?
    • What kinds of things make someone think they can’t be a leader?
    • What realistic actions could any one of us take that could make a positive difference?
    • Consider planning a (virtual/socially distanced) get together, like a book club – only with no book to read! – where the Challenge Messages become the discussion questions

April – each day, using the image to spark activity;

    • Let your child interview you about your experience – such as by asking you the questions below
    • Discuss the words – how do they connect to safety leadership?
    • Do you want to post the words or images? Create your own?
    • Do you agree that this is part of leadership? Why? Why not?
    • Do we reflect this in our everyday life?
    • Can you do this? Would anyone be safer, happier, healthier, more productive if you did? Why? Why not?
    • Discuss the image – why did the leadership team at Kidpower choose it
    • If everyone made this a priority, how would our community be different?
    • What is a possible story leading up to this image?
    • What is a possible story following the image?
    • What would your own expression of this idea look or sound like – in art, music, theater, poetry?

 

My Patients, Clients, Consumers

Feel free to copy, paste, and edit these messages – or use as-is.

Announcements through your own social media, newsletters, etc. might include any of the following. Feel free to copy/paste/edit or use as-is!

Announcements samples

“Many of us at [GROUP] are participating in the Kidpower Safety Leadership Challenge (Kidpower.org/SLC) in April.”

“We’re always interested in learning how we can support physical and emotional wellness.”

“The Challenge is a shame-free, blame-free invitation to think about how we choose our words and actions – and how we can use them skillfully to support safety and well-being.”

“We’ll be [printing/posting/sharing] the Daily Challenge Messages – an image with 2-8 words intended to inspire reflection, thought, conversation.”

“April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and we’re doing the Kidpower Safety Leadership Challenge (Kidpower.org/SLC) to support a safer world for kids.”

Activities:

March – preceding month. Questions, messages, discussions. Everyone’s situation is different – some will fit for you, others won’t. Hopefully, they get your imagination going about what would be best for your group! Consider whether your space is one where posting any of this physically makes sense.

    • What is leadership? Does it require a title, pay, or compensation?
    • Is there anybody who cannot be a leader?
    • Whose leadership is overlooked? Where? Why?
    • How is ‘safety leadership’ different from ‘leadership’?
    • Where can we strengthen our own leadership?
    • What kinds of things make someone think they can’t be a leader?
    • What realistic actions could any one of us take that could make a positive difference?
    • Consider planning one event – or a few events – that are similar to a book club, without having to read the book! At the event, go through the messages – discuss!

April – each day, using the image to spark activity;

    • Discuss the words – how do they connect to safety leadership?
    • Do you agree that this is part of leadership? Why? Why not?
    • Do we reflect this in our everyday life?
    • Can you do this? Would anyone be safer, happier, healthier, more productive if you did? Why? Why not?
    • Discuss the image – why did the leadership team at Kidpower choose it
    • If everyone made this a priority, how would our community be different?
    • What is a possible story leading up to this image?
    • What is a possible story following the image?
    • What would your own expression of this idea look or sound like – in art, music, theater, poetry?

 

Contact us!

We’re excited to hear about your Challenge questions, ideas, and insights! And, we’re happy to answer any questions about Kidpower programs and resources, including how to arrange an online workshop for your group.

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