Parents will learn how to help young people learn and use age-appropriate people safety skills on an everyday basis to have safer, more positive experiences with people, including strangers, siblings, peers, and other people they know.
San Jose, CA (PRWEB) April 19, 2013
St. Leo the Great School in San Jose is offering a free Kidpower "People Safety Skills" workshop
for adults to learn how to teach kids safety skills that promote stranger safety and prevent bullying, abuse and other violence. The Kidpower workshop is being offered as part of St. Leo's Parents' Night Out 2012-2013 Speaker Series, and will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Thursday, April 25, at the school.
Kidpower, a leading safety skills education nonprofit, will provide the 2-hour workshop for adults to "learn ways to help young people learn and use age-appropriate people safety skills on an everyday basis to have safer, more positive experiences with people, including strangers, siblings, peers, and other people they know," says Erika Leonard, Kidpower's California Program Manager. "People safety skills help people be safe with people at home, at school, online, out in the world... everywhere. They also help strengthen important relationships."
"We are excited to be able to partner together with Kidpower to host this informative event,” said Marie Bordeleau, St. Leo the Great School Principal. “This personal safety workshop promises to deliver important and confidence-building information in a fun and reassuring way.”
This workshop is for adults only, and is free thanks to funding from Wells Fargo and support from the school. Complimentary on-site babysitting will be provided by St. Leo's.
To register and arrange child care for the free Kidpower People Safety Skills Parent Workshop, community members may send email to atabor(at)stleosj(dot)org or call 408-293-4846. Advance registration for the workshop is required to ensure the appropriate space and babysitting needs are met for participants. Go to St. Leo's website for more information about the April 25 workshop.
"This event shows a broad commitment across the community to help kids be safe from bullying, abuse, and other violence," says Leonard. "By sponsoring this workshop and welcoming their neighboring community members, St. Leo the Great School is making child safety a priority."
The workshop is sponsored by St. Leo the Great School and funded in part by a grant from Wells Fargo Bank to Kidpower, "reflecting the bank's investment in the safety and well-being of youth in our community," says Leonard.
During the 2-hour parent workshop, participants will learn about and practice how to help kids:
- Be and act aware and confident
- Check with adults if anything seems unsafe
- Move away from possible problems
- Follow Stranger Safety rules
- Stay safe from hurtful words
- Use their voice as a safety tool
- Set clear boundaries
- Say “No” or “Stop” clearly and respectfully
- Deal with other kids poking, pushing, grabbing, etc.
- Use safety plans if lost in a store, park, or library
- Get help from busy adults - and persist!
While this workshop is only for parents and other caring adults, Kidpower offers many kinds workshops for all ages and abilities in the Bay Area. Kidpower's website has information about other workshops and resources to "build healthy relationships, practice stranger safety and other safety skills, and prevent bullying, abuse, abduction and other violence," said Leonard.
Kidpower (http://www.kidpower.org) 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, website and consulting 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. Members of the press please contact media(at)kidpower(dot)org.
About St. Leo the Great School
St. Leo the Great School, located in San Jose, is a private, Catholic school serving approximately 300 students in grades PK,K-8. St. Leo the Great School is coed, WASC-accredited and is Roman Catholic in orientation belonging to the San Jose Diocese.