WORKSHOPS

In our workshops, children, teens and adults learn and practice "People Safety" skills of being and acting aware, taking charge, and getting help.  Students practice safety skills through age-appropriate role plays and exercises.  Our approach is positive, success-based, and hands-on, allowing each participant to have a successful experience of using his or her own power and learning effective new skills.




"Earliest Teachable Moment:" Kidpower for Parents and Caregivers of Infants and Toddlers


This workshop is for parents and caregivers of babies and toddlers. It will introduce participants to Kidpower’s safety concepts and prepare participants to incorporate these concepts into the children’s upbringing from the start.



"Starting Strong with Kidpower" Workshop

This 50-minute workshop provides an introduction to People Safety Skills with Starting Strong with Kidpoweryour younchild. Storytelling, puppets and interactive role plays introduce simple but powerful skills to handle unkind words, check first before touching something unsafe, move away from someone doing unsafe things such as throwing sand or playing too roughly, and get help from you effectively, even when you are busy. 


Kidpower Everyday Safety Workshop

In this upbeat workshop, young children learn Everyday Safety skills. These are social skills people of all ages use to build safe, positive experiences with other people everywhere they go. Children practice being and acting aware, taking charge, and getting help.  They practice following safety rules, setting boundaries, and dealing effectively with peer pressure and bullying.  The sooner we can teach our children basic self-protection skills, the safer they will be. This workshop helps answer the question, “How can we teach our children to be safe without scaring them?” in a fun, experiential way.


Kidpower Basic Workshop

Children learn Everyday Safety skills and get lots of hands-on practice on how to stay safe in a wide variety of situations, from being on their own to dealing with bullying or peer pressure, setting boundaries with people they know, and knowing how to protect themselves in a dangerous situation with last-resort physical self-defense skills. Our workshops that include physical self-defense always begin with extensive practice in the many other skills that can prevent, avoid, or de-escalate problems before they become physical. Our goal is to empower children with the full range of skills they deserve in order to escape from emergency situations as quickly as possible. This workshop helps answer the question, “How can we balance our children’s drive for increasing independence with the need to keep them safe?”

Parent-Child Everyday Safety Workshop

In this workshop, children and parents learn Kidpower's Everyday Safety skills, and parents are guided in practicing the skills together with their children.  At home, families can continue to practice, and integrate the concepts into their everyday lives.

Parent-Child Basic Kidpower Workshop

As in the Everyday Safety workshop, parents and children together learn and practice the Everyday Safety skills.  In the second part of the class, the adults support the children as they learn physical self-defense skills to use as a last resort.  Adults can learn some skills in the air, but the focus is on the children as they learn physical skills. Adults watch and support their children as they practice the physical skills full-force with a kickpad.

Teenpower Workshop

This workshop gives students the chance to learn and practice the skills they need to keep themselves safe with their increased level of independence, including skills in everyday safety, de-escalation, and physical self-defense. 

Quotes from teens after our classes:
• Teenpower put the understanding into my body that I have the right to say “NO!” to anyone to keep myself safe, even to people I care about.
• I was afraid I would freeze if anyone came after me. Now I have the skills and belief in myself to know that I can take powerful action.
• I just learned that it can take more courage not to fight than to fight.

Young Adult Fullpower Workshop

Young adults living on their own for the first time have new freedom and responsibility, often in a new community. A few simple skills can make this time a safer, more successful experience. In this workshop, young adults practice skills that can help prevent, avoid, or de-escalate problems with friends, partners, and housemates as well as with strangers. Participants learn everyday safety skills such as awareness, boundary setting, verbal self-defense and de-escalation techniques, as well as physical self-defense techniques to get away from an assault.

Fullpower Workshop

In this workshop, adults learn and practice skills that can help prevent, avoid, or de-escalate problems with friends, colleagues, partners, and housemates as well as with strangers.  Participants learn everyday safety skills such as awareness, boundary setting, verbal self-defense and de-escalation techniques, as well as physical self-defense techniques to get away from an assault. 

Collaborative Kidpower Workshop for Parents of Children (of all Ages) with Developmental Disabilities

In this special workshop, we collaborate with parents to adapt our safety curriculum to meet the needs of their family members with developmental disabilities.  Parents experience our Everyday Safety lessons as our students do.  Throughout the workshop, we present our current adaptations and incorporate parents' suggestions for additional adaptations to make the lessons more accessible for their children.  Parents learn safety skills and exercises they can share with their children. Parents provide invaluable insight to help us adapt our curriculum to meet the needs of Vermonters with developmental disabilities.

Trainings for Teachers and other Professionals

In these workshops, we introduce Kidpower's safety skills and positive teaching method. Professionals learn and practice how to bring these skills to the children, teens, or adults in their care.  Professionals learn how to use our teaching tools (comic books, lesson plans, safety assignments, and/or safety signs) so that they are prepared to start teaching right away. Contact us for information about receiving continuing education credits for these trainings.

Customized Private Workshops

We can teach any of the above workshops to your group. In addition, we offer programs specially designed for daycares, schools, youth groups, businesses, corporations, and community groups or organizations serving people with special needs or facing a variety of challenges. For more information about how to organize a private workshop, please contact us.

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