Kidpower's mission is to teach people of all ages, abilities, and walks of life to use their power to stay safe, act wisely, and believe in themselves. Kidpower's goal is to develop and offer a wide range of high-quality, upbeat, and effective community self-protection and confidence-building programs. Our focus is on people most vulnerable to violence and abuse, including children as young as 3 years old to the elderly, foster kids, children living or working on the street, teenage mothers, inner-city teens, victims or survivors of domestic and relationship violence, abuse, assault, or exploitation, people suffering from discrimination because of their religious or ethnic minority status, homeless people, and people of all ages facing special life challenges such as being physically or developmentally disabled.
Kidpower has served more than 2 million people since becoming a non-profit in 1989. While maintaining an influential nucleus of impact in the Santa Cruz region and San Francisco Bay Area, Kidpower has expanded their sphere of influence internationally. Kidpower has been taught in over 12 different languages, from Portuguese to Arabic. Kidpower now proudly operates in ten U.S. States and a total of 16 countries worldwide. In 2008, Kidpower India launched, working with orphanages and other services to help children heal from past trauma including extreme poverty and forced prostitution, building their skills and knowledge to be confidence and stay safe. Collaboration with Villages of Hope, Zimbabwe, brought life-changing tools to protect children in impoverished communities from sexual abuse and violent situations. Hundreds of "People Safety" workshops are provided to low-income schools, family resource centers, and crisis/homeless shelters each year. Kidpower has greatly expanded its breadth and depth of services to people with a wide range of physical and developmental disabilities including people with autism spectrum behaviors and individuals with very limited communications skills. "I have never witnessed such dramatic positive change in young people over the course of a single weekend!"?Gail Rigelhaupt, Clinical Director, Ujima Family Recovery Services. "It has been truly amazing to witness the transformation ... In all the many years I've been working for people's empowerment, I have never witnessed anything as truly empowering as these workshops." Judy Bloomgardener, Pajaro Valley Shelter Services for Women & Children Experiencing Crisis. “Learning these skills had an immediate and magical effect. It gave her the courage... My daughter now has an air of confidence that she did not have previously. She now feels that she is not the only one with these challenges.” Mother of a teen with special needs.
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