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Kidpower of Colorado

Contact Information


Jan Isaacs Henry
10 Boulder Crescent
Suite 100
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Phone: (719) 520-1311


Natalie Yungner
10 Boulder Crescent, Suite 100
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Phone: (719) 520-1311

General Information

Website: (kidpower of colorado), (kidpower international)
Screenshots / Demo: n/a
Effectiveness Data:
Type of Organization: Community Agency
Organization is best described as: Non-Profit
Age of Firm / Number of Years in Operation: 17 year in Colorado, 23 years internationally
Level(s) services may be provided: - Elementary
- Middle
- High School
- District
Provides performance guarantees in contract: NO
Educational Services Provided Bully Prevention
Family and Community Support
Specific Content Area :
Protecting kids from bullying, exploitation, sexual abuse, building healthy relationships

Name of Schools/ Districts that this organization has served in Colorado:

Kidpower of Colorado Programs in Colorado Schools
Academy District 20
Reference: Hayley Moran, Special Education/ Behavior Program Coordinator, Academy School District 20,
Academy Endeavor Elementary School
Academy International Elementary School
Air Academy High School Special Education
Antelope Trails Elementary School
Challenger Middle School Special Education
Chinook Trail Elementary School
DaVinci Academy
Discovery Canyon Special Education
Douglass Valley Elementary School
Eagleview Middle School
Explorer Elementary School
Foothills Elementary School
Frontier Elementary School
High Plains Elementary School
Liberty High School Special Education
Mountain View Elementary School
Pine Creek High School Special Education
Pine Valley Elementary School (closed)
Pioneer Elementary School
Prairie Hills Elementary School
Rampart High School Special Education
Ranch Creek Elementary School
Rockrimmon Elementary School
School District 20 – Elementary School Counselors
School District 20 Special Education Staff
School District 20 Transition Program
Timberview Middle School Special Education
Wolford Elementary School
Woodmen Roberts Elementary School

Cheyenne Mountain District 12
Reference: Amanda Wolfson, Counselor, Pinon Valley Elementary,
Broadmoor Elementary School
Cheyenne Mountain Charter Academy
Cheyenne Mountain Elementary School
Cheyenne Mountain High School Special Ed.
Gold Camp Elementary School
Pinon Valley Elementary School

Colorado Springs School District 11
Reference: Sandy Orantes Milligan, Prevention Coordinator, Colorado Springs School District 11,
Academy for Advanced and Creative Learning
Adams Elementary School (Closed)
Audobon Elementary School
Bates Elementary School
Bristol Elementary School
Buena Vista Elementary School
Carver Elementary School
Chipeta Elementary School
Colorado Springs Charter Academy
Columbia Elementary School
Coronado High School Special Education
Freedom Elementary School
Fremont Elementary School
Globe Charter School
Grant Elementary School
Helen Hunt Elementary School
Howbert Elementary School
Ivywild Elementary School (closed)
Jackson Elementary School
King Elementary School
Lincoln Elementary School
Madison Elementary School
Mann Middle School Special Education
Martinez Elementary School
McAuliffe Elementary School
Midland International Elementary School
Monroe Elementary School
Penrose Elementary School
Pike Elementary School
Queen Palmer Elementary School
Rogers Elementary School
Rudy Elementary School
School District 11 Transition Program
School District 11 Social Workers
Scott Elementary School
Steele Elementary School
Stratton Elementary School
Taylor Elementary School
Tesla/EOP School
Trailblazer Elementary School
Twain Elementary School
Washington Elementary School (closed)
West Elementary School
Whittier Elementary School (closed)
Wilson Elementary School

Denver Public Schools
Reference: Christy Crase, Parent Organizer,
Lowry Elementary School

Falcon District 49
Reference: Cheryl Curry, Counselor, Odyssey Elementary,
Banning Lewis Ranch Academy
Evans Elementary School
Falcon Elementary School
Falcon High School Special Education
Odyssey Elementary School
Remington Elementary School
Ridgeview Elementary School
Sand Creek High School Special Ed
School District 49 Transition Program
Springs Ranch Elementary School

Fountain-Ft. Carson District 8
Carson Middle School
Weikel Elementary School

Harrison District 2
Reference: Jennifer Locke, Assistant Principal, Soaring Eagles Elementary,
Carmel Middle School
Centennial Elementary School
Chamberlin Academy (closed)
Fox Meadows Middle School
Harrison High School
Monterey Elementary School
Mountain Vista Community School
Oak Creek Elementary School
Otero Elementary School
Sand Creek Elementary School
Soaring Eagles Elementary School
Stratton Meadows Elementary School
Turman Elementary School
Wildflower Elementary School

Lewis-Palmer School District 38
Reference: Aileen Finnegan, Principal, Prairie Winds Elementary,
Grace Best Elementary School (closed)
Lewis-Palmer Elementary School
Monument Academy
Prairie Winds Elementary School

Littleton Public Schools
Reference: Meredith Henry, Positive Behavioral Interventions & Support Coach/Social Worker, Littleton Public Schools,
Field Elementary School
Littleton Public Schools Transition Program

Manitou Springs School District 14
Reference: Russ Vogel, Principal, Manitou Springs Elementary School,
Manitou Springs Elementary School
Ute Pass Elementary School

Private & Other Schools
Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind
Colorado Springs School
Fountain Valley School
Pauline Memorial Catholic School
Pikes Peak BOCES
St. Peter Catholic School

Widefield District 3
Reference: Darlene Monson, Counselor, Pinello Elementary,
Janitell Junior High Life Skills Class
Mesa Ridge High School Special Ed.
North Elementary School (closed)
Pinello Elementary School
Sunrise Elementary School
Venetucci Elementary School
Watson Junior High School
Widefield Elementary School
Widefield High School Special Ed.
Widefield District 3 Transition Program

Woodland Park School District RE-2
Reference: Kay Lynn Waddell, Principal, Gateway Elementary,
Gateway Elementary School

Recent References:

Larry Borland, Chief of Safety and Transportation Services
Academy School District 20 (Kidpower is in eleven D20 schools in 2011-12)
1110 Chapel Hills Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80920

Linda Ellegard, Executive Director
Special Kids Special Families (Kidpower trained SKSF staff to deliver bullying prevention skills to students with special needs)
424 West Pikes Peak Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80905
719-447-8983 ext 19

Shawn Hayes, LCSW, Social Worker
West Elementary School (Kidpower responded to a bullying issue at this school)
25 N. 20th Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80904

Sandy Orantes Milligan, Prevention Coordinator
Colorado Springs School District 11 (Kidpower is in seven D11 schools plus D11 Transition Services)
1115 North El Paso
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
719-520-2534, 719-499-2374

Hayley Moran, MA, Special Education/ Behavior Program Coordinator
Academy School District #20 (Kidpower is in eleven D20 schools in 2011-12)

Amanda Terrell-Orr, Planning and Grants Administrator
Colorado Springs Police Department (Partner on Department of Justice Federal Grant providing Kidpower programs in 99 schools/agencies for 2000 low-income, at-risk elementary age students from January 2010 – December 2011. Additional funding recently awarded to offer school programs through August 2012.)
705 S. Nevada Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Russ Vogel, Principal
Manitou Springs Elementary School (Kidpower workshops have been offered in all classrooms in Manitou Elementary School)
100 Pawnee Avenue
Manitou Springs, CO 80829

Name of Schools/ Districts that this organization has served in other states:

Kidpower currently provides services in nine states in hundreds of schools. Additional specifics can be provided upon request. The state of California has had Kidpower programming in 94 School Districts and 307 schools.

Our contact in California is:
Irene van der Zande, Executive Director/Co-Founder
Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower, International
P.O. Box 1212
Santa Cruz, CA 95061
1-800-467-6997 ext. 1#

Qualifications of this Organization (licensure, trademark, etc.):

Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower International™ (shortened to Kidpower™) is a trademarked, charitable, educational, nonprofit organization founded in Santa Cruz, California in 1989. Kidpower’s vision is to work together to create cultures of caring, respect, and safety for all. Kidpower’s mission is to teach people of all ages and abilities, especially children in need, skills to stay safe, act wisely, and believe in themselves. Kidpower is a nonprofit leader in bullying prevention, child abuse risk reduction and personal safety for children, teens and adults including those with special needs. Experts highly recommend the Kidpower method for being positive, practical, and relevant for children, teenagers, and adults from many different cultures. Worldwide, Kidpower has reached more than 2 million people. Kidpower has active centers and offices in Brazil; Canada, including Vancouver, British Columbia and Montreal, Quebec; Germany; India; Mexico; the Netherlands; New Zealand, including the South Island and Auckland; Sweden; Switzerland; South Africa; Vietnam; the United States, including California, Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland/Washington D.C., New York, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Nebraska, Texas, Vermont, and Wisconsin.

Kidpower of Colorado falls under the umbrella of Kidpower International and was established in Colorado Springs in 1994. We have reached more than 32,000 people since our inception. Kidpower of Colorado is a separate Colorado 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation operating autonomously from the International Kidpower organization with its own board of directors and budget. As a part of an international association of centers, Kidpower of Colorado receives extensive support from the International office in the form of common curriculum, supervision, training, certification, printable materials and resources, quality guidance and organizational development.

Partnerships and collaboration are a key strategy in Kidpower of Colorado’s efforts to meet the needs of all children. Kidpower of Colorado has active working relationships with school districts in El Paso and Teller Counties and is expanding into the Denver Metro area. Please see list of school districts served.

In 2006, Colorado Springs Assets for Youth awarded Kidpower with its Nonprofit Asset Builder Award for being a community-based nonprofit promoting positive youth development. Kidpower’s Director, Jan Isaacs Henry, received the “Hero Award” from a local church in 2001 for the promotion of nonviolence throughout the Colorado Springs Community and the 2008 Lohman Award for “Excellence on Behalf of Children” at the El Paso County Bar Association Annual Law Day luncheon event. Kidpower received recognition from The Colorado Trust in 2009 for “Advancing the Health and Well-Being of the People in Colorado” following three years of bullying prevention services to developmentally disabled young people in School Districts 20, 3, 11, and 49.

Qualifications of Instructors/ Staff that Provide Services:

Kidpower of Colorado currently employs thirteen instructors on a part-time basis. Six of our instructors have other jobs that help inform the work they do with Kidpower, such as social work (including one PBIS coach and one Social Work Ph.D. Candidate), child development, counseling, occupational therapy, and law enforcement. All instructors are carefully screened, undergo background checks and participate in one year of apprentice-style training culminating in a week-long intensive certification course. In addition, Kidpower instructors meet a set of core competency standards, which include both program fidelity and the curriculum philosophy itself. Instructors are given specialized training on the provision of services to victims and participate in continuing education that provides specific training about understanding victims and their rights, offenders, the legal process child victims may experience, the role of law enforcement, the nature of effective mental health treatment, cultural competence, current safety concerns including bullying, issues with technology and specific services to special populations. Kidpower is sometimes an adjunct to counseling and instructors collaborate with other service providers in these cases. Experienced instructors are given opportunities to continue their professional development. To ensure high program quality, at least two instructors teach each workshop and school personnel are requested to participate in all classes.


The cost of services varies greatly and is determined by the individual needs of school buildings, the ages and developmental level of the students and the length of class requested. Typically, Kidpower delivers a 4-hour school program, divided into two 2-hour segments. These programs can be delivered during the school day or in the evening. Classes have been held for one classroom and also for entire elementary schools. When this program is delivered in the evening, parents are required to attend with their children to ensure a common vocabulary about safety throughout the family. Each skill presented is practiced in a small group of parents and their children. If the school serves a low-income area, Kidpower uses grant funding to deliver these services at no cost to the school or family. For example, in 2010, Kidpower received a US Department of Justice Office Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Child Sexual Predator Grant and partnered with the Colorado Springs Police Department specifically to deliver services to 2,000 young people in 96 workshops in low-income schools and agencies. As part of the COPS grant, Kidpower worked with seven school districts and twelve preschools, community centers and social service agencies in the Pikes Peak Region. The Colorado Trust funded a three-year bullying prevention initiative that allowed Kidpower to deliver services in two school districts (Widefield D3 and Academy D20). This funding was specifically designed to target students with special needs in all special education classrooms in both districts. Other funding has come from foundations, individual donations, grants secured by schools, or PTO monies. Kidpower has received Safe and Drug Free School Funding, as well as other school-specific funding sources. It is our policy that no child is turned away for financial reasons so provisions are made so that every child is welcome.

For schools in areas that are not designated low-income, the cost of a 4-hour class is discounted to $700 and is often divided amongst participant parents at $28 per child. When schools choose to have workshops in every classroom during the school day, they are usually funded through grants secured by Kidpower or the school.

Kidpower has a wide library of materials available at no cost to schools and parents at in the form of articles, a monthly e-newsletter, and audio-podcasts. We also have publications for sale on our website. Our cartoon-illustrated Kidpower and Fullpower Safety Comics and Teaching Kits provide entertaining and useful tools for introducing People Safety skills and are particularly useful for students with developmental disabilities so that adult caregivers can reinforce core concepts. The Kidpower Book for Caring Adults, by co-founder Irene van der Zande, is the most comprehensive resource available on how to teach personal safety and advocacy skills to children and youth, with more than 600 pages of clear explanations, inspiring stories, step-by-step descriptions of activities, and special chapters about teaching very young children, teenagers, and young people with special needs. A new edition will be released in February of 2012. Bullying-What Adults Need to Know and Do to Keep Kids Safe, also by Irene van der Zande, helps adults give kids practical solutions to address bullying behavior.

Explanation of how we are able to provide differentiated services to meet the individual needs of schools and districts.

Kidpower adapts to be relevant to the life-situations, cultures, and abilities of different individuals. We respond to wide range of safety issues and customize our program to meet particular safety needs. After conducting a needs assessment, we tailor our services accordingly. We have been called into schools when there is a threat in or out of the building. For example, this year, we were asked to help several different schools with specific bullying concerns and we were called into a school district when the Colorado Springs community had a series of attempted stranger abductions. Another school requested assistance with Kindergartners misunderstanding appropriate boundaries with one another. Law enforcement victim services referred an individual student to Kidpower when she was afraid to return to school after a sexual assault occurred on her way to the bus stop.

All Kidpower instructors attend cultural competency training as part of their overall preparation. Ongoing supervision is provided to all instructors and addresses any individual needs that may arise, such as differential response of a particular culture to victimization of a child. Locally, Kidpower classes have been delivered in English and Spanish, with the capacity to offer classes in American Sign Language. Written materials are available in English and Spanish and can be available in other languages as needed. Kidpower instructors are trained to pay attention and to adapt what they do in response to the life situations and concerns of their participants. For example, local instructors at homeless shelters are responsive to the culture of homelessness and instructors who have taught at the Colorado School for the Deaf are responsive to Deaf culture.

How will we evaluate our services and support to schools and districts and its effectiveness in school/ district/ student achievement?

Evaluation by participants is incorporated into our program by use of an evaluation survey in which parents and teachers who have attended workshops give feedback about the usefulness of concepts taught and the quality of the instruction. The survey also measures the effectiveness of programs by collecting post-survey data that identify if the learning objectives of the curriculum were met. Children’s prevention skills learned include: maintaining awareness, recognition of danger, refusal skills, conflict management, de-escalation techniques and learning how to get away from unsafe situations. Kidpower maintains statistics of the number of people it serves in all of its programs, demographics, the number of contacts made and the source and amount of grant funding, if applicable. Kidpower staff also collects anecdotal information given by parents on situations in which the child or teen was able to avoid danger, de-escalate a situation or escape from an actively or potentially abusive or violent situation. Kidpower uses this information to inform programming and ensure that our efforts are addressing community needs, particularly within local and cultural context.

Kidpower uses a researched-based curriculum proven to be effective with the target population. Kidpower’s curriculum has been formally evaluated multiple times in locations throughout the world. Because of the fidelity with which the curriculum is implemented, outcomes and findings may be generalized. A complete overview of evaluation is available upon request. Please also see link to effectiveness data in this application.

Sample of services offered for a school or district:

Under 500 Students:

School programs are arranged by principals, school counselors and other school mental health personnel, PTO representatives or interested parents. School workshops can be customized to meet particular needs and focus on verbal boundary-setting and personal safety training through success-based learning. Our 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 peers.

Kidpower’s 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 and their parent/caregivers. School staff is also encouraged to attend so that there is a community common language about safety at home and at school. Sign-up is conducted by the school on a first-come, first-served basis. Kidpower also holds programs during the school day in individual classrooms or teaching skills to the entire school population including staff training. Additionally Kidpower does programs in preschools, kindergartens, middle schools and high schools.

Kidpower can train school personnel to deliver Kidpower concepts directly to individual classrooms or student.

Kidpower also works with students with disabilities in special education classrooms. Additional training for parents and teachers is also available so that they can reinforce the concepts into the future.

Skills are taught in an age-appropriate, culturally sensitive, positive, and upbeat manner. The Kidpower curriculum was developed by a child development specialist and engages students and often their adult caregivers in a multisensory learning model that addresses various learning styles. Kidpower’s “Positive Practice” method coaches students to be successful in learning the skills taught, which builds their confidence and increases their competence. Instead of using fear to talk about violence prevention, Kidpower makes it fun to learn how to be safe.

Young people learn more by practicing skills than by talking about concepts. Under stress, children are more likely to do what they have practiced. All workshops give children the opportunity to practice skills through carefully structured activities and role plays using realistic, nonthreatening scenarios. Research has shown that Kidpower’s method of giving students the opportunity to apply concepts and turn them into skills through role-plays, coupled with teaching concepts in a clear and practical way with hands-on practice and follow-up, empowers young people to prevent abuse (Plummer, 1999).

The “People Safety” skills taught by Kidpower prepare individuals to be emotionally and physically safe with others and with themselves. People Safety skills include: boundaries to build better relationships; safety plans to prepare for the unexpected; advocacy skills to speak up for the well-being of oneself and others; and self-protection strategies to prevent most trouble before it starts. These skills can help reduce the risk of exploitation, bullying, harassment, molestation, assault, and abduction.

500-1000 Students:

See above.

1000+ Students:

See above.

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