School workshops provide training for students and their caregivers including parents and school staff. The Kidpower approach ensures that every child practices every skill presented through carefully formatted activities and role-plays that build confidence, self-esteem and awareness in dealing with strangers, adults children know and bullies. Unless the school specifically requests physical training, the four-hour workshop for children focuses on verbal boundary-setting skills and safety training without physical self-defense.
“What is Kidpower’s effect in my school?” Empowered children. Empowered to stand against bullies because they have been given the vocabulary to do so. Empowered to stand against predatory adults because they have the awareness to do so—as did the young boy last year who he shouted ‘No!” and fled back to our school from an adult closing in on him. Empowered to stand together as they move on into middle school, with the fully developed expectation that people respect and protect themselves and each other. Kidpower has been a major partner here in preparing our children internally, systemically, against the risk factors in an increasingly risky world. These people are smart, loving, appropriate, and powerful for kids.” ~ Russ Vogel, Principal of Manitou Springs Elementary School
How to arrange a school program
Kidpower has provided services to most school districts and many agencies in our community. School programs can be arranged by principals, mental health staff, PTO representatives or interested parents. Agency programs are organized by agency personnel.
As each school and agency differs, Kidpower is happy to customize programs to the specific needs of your group. Please call our office to discuss your school or agency’s particular situation and we can propose various lengths and formats to fit your needs. Kidpower also holds programs during the day, teaching skills to the entire school population. We also present programs in preschools, kindergartens, middle schools and high schools.
Our typical school program consists of two 2-hour segments, usually held one week apart from 6 to 8 o’clock in the evening. Classes include up to twenty-five first through fifth or sixth graders. Sign-up is conducted by the school on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost of the program can be paid by participants or by a school organization like the PTO. Some schools pursue their own grant funding or use funds Kidpower has available for low-income or high-risk areas in order to offer the program at no cost to families. It is our policy to never turn away a child away for lack of funds so provisions are made so that every child is welcome. Please contact Kidpower for specific fee information.
The evening school program requires students to be accompanied by an adult in their life (parent, grandparent, or caregiver) to help develop a common vocabulary about safety. It is fine to have one adult for multiple children in the same family. Schools provide a simple snack and drink for participants. The only equipment required are 20-25 folding chairs and a school gym.
Upon confirmation of your program, we will send materials to help you publicize the program to your school or agency’s members.
If you are a parent wishing to enroll your child(ren) in a specific school/agency workshop, please contact your school directly.
If you are a parent, PTO/PTA member, school mental health professional or administrator and would like to have Kidpower come to your school you can use the calendar to view potential dates and give us a call at (719) 520-1311 to arrange a program.
PLEASE NOTE: For daytime classes, special requests or dates not listed on the calendar please call Angela at (719) 520.1311.
Programs for 2018-2019
These programs are open only to students of each school:
- Academy International Elementary – January 30 & February 6, 2019
- Broadmoor Elementary – November 6 & 13, 2018
- Chipeta Elementary – January 17 & 24, 2019
- Evans Elementary – August 30 & September 6, 2018
- Falcon Elementary – September 11 & 18, 2018
- Gateway Elementary – September 13 & 20, 2018
- Gold Camp Elementary – September 25 & October 2, 2018
- Grant Elementary – October 11 & 18, 2018
- McAuliffe Elementary – January 16 & 23, 2019
- Mountain View Elementary – September 26 & October 3, 2018
- Pinello Elementary – November 8 & 15, 2018
- Soaring Eagles Elementary – October 16 & 23, 2018
- Vanguard Elementary – September 12 & 19, 2018
Denver Metro (TBD)
2018-2019 Calendar – NOW SCHEDULING
IMPORTANT: This calendar is for scheduling evening programs for individual schools. For daytime classes, special requests or dates not listed on the calendar please call Angela at (719) 520.1311.
If you are a parent wishing to enroll your child in a school workshop, please contact your school directly. If you do not see your school listed above, give us a call at (719) 520-1311 and we can help you bring Kidpower to your school.