Micro-Donations Help E. San Jose Low-Income School Implement Kidpower Bullying Prevention Programs

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Kidpower, a nonprofit leader in child safety and self-protection skills education, and Escuela Popular, an East San Jose school serving low-income kids, announce the launch of a “micro-donations” fundraiser to help bring Kidpower’s bullying prevention and healthy relationship skills training to the entire school community - the kids, teachers and parents. Donations will be doubled by a matching grant, which will enable the school to adopt Kidpower’s “people safety” curriculum into the school and community culture to benefit thousands of students and families over the next five years and beyond.

We want to ensure that we are able to provide a space where they can learn — and learning cannot happen if they feel it's not safe.

Kidpower, a nonprofit leader in child safety and self-protection skills education, and Escuela Popular, an East San Jose school serving low-income kids, announce the launch of a “micro-donations” fundraiser to help bring Kidpower’s bullying prevention and healthy relationship skills training to the entire school community - the kids, teachers and parents.

The elementary school students created a video to promote their efforts to stop bullying and “make Escuela Popular a fun, safe place to learn.” Bullying is 2-3 times more likely to occur at school than on the way to and from school, according to the US Secret Service and Department of Education’s Threat Assessment in Schools.

“At Escuela Popular we educate to transform lives. And that means that we need to provide (students) with all the tools necessary to combat bullying and violence at school, home and in their communities,” says Acting principal of Escuela Popular Dual Language Academy, Daisy Barocio, in the video. “We want to ensure that we are able to provide a space where they can learn — and learning cannot happen if they feel it's not safe.”

The kids’ video and fundraiser are hosted on the Kidpower.org website at http://www.kidpower.org/escuela-popular-fundraiser/ where people can donate $1, $5, or more, to help the students and the school community combat bullying, abuse and other violence. Donations will be doubled by a $5000 challenge grant from the Frieda Fox Family Foundation, which will enable the school to adopt Kidpower’s “people safety” curriculum into the school and community culture to benefit thousands of students and families over the next five years and beyond.

Kidpower recently received the all-or-nothing challenge grant, which inspired the micro-donations campaign to benefit Escuela Popular, says Erika Leonard, Kidpower’s California Services Program Manager. “Our challenge is to raise the matching $5,000 using social media and web-based tools, including our website and online donations, to help generate new donations to support services for children from low income families in the San Jose area. Kidpower is partnering with Escuela Popular to bring training to their entire school community — if we can meet this challenge!”

For more information about Kidpower’s bullying prevention and other services, go to http://www.kidpower.org.

About Kidpower:
Kidpower is a leader in personal safety and confidence-building skills education, whose programs are highly recommended by experts worldwide for taking a positive, skills-based approach to preventing bullying, child abuse, kidnapping, and other violence. Kidpower workshops, K-12 safety curriculum, books, videos and other services have helped to protect more than 2 million young people from abuse, bullying and other violence since 1989. Kidpower is a 501(c)3 Charitable Nonprofit Organization.

About Escuela Popular Dual Language Academy:
Founded in 1986 by Lidia Reguerin, Escuela Popular has grown from a community-based grassroots elementary school to address the growing need for English classes in east San Jose into a K-12 charter school serving students from its Dual Language, High School and Childcare Academies.

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