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What is Kidpower?
Kidpower of Colorado is the local center of Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower International, a nonprofit global leader in personal safety and violence prevention education since 1989. The Colorado Center was established in 1994 to provide comprehensive safety education skills to children ages 3-18 and their families. Kidpower’s mission is to teach young people personal safety and confidence-building skills to reduce their risk of abduction, assault and emotional, physical and sexual abuse. Our programs are known worldwide for being positive, practical, safe and age-appropriate.
What is the need?
Caring adults often feel helpless in the face of today’s alarming news. Rape crisis center experts estimate that one in three girls and one in four boys will be sexually assaulted by the time they are 18 years old. A recent National Victim’s Center study indicates that 1/3 of all rapes occur before the victim is 11 years old. Studies show that about 90 percent of all abuse happens with people the victim knows. Fortunately, there are some very simple, effective skills that we can teach children to help them be safe in most situations.
Why does Kidpower work?
Our approach is based on the understanding that people learn more by doing than by talking about doing. Students successfully practice each idea presented. This experience builds confidence and competence and develops skills in students’ bodies as well as their minds. Kidpower also works because the skills are taught in a way that is not scary or overwhelming but that is matter-of-fact and fun.
What is our track record?
Kidpower has trained thousands of young people in the Colorado Springs area. Our students report feeling much more confident and prepared. We have dozens of reports of students who have used these skills to keep themselves physically and emotionally safe in many threatening situations. We are always happy to provide references from graduates of our classes and school administrators.