Donations Requested to Offset Costs of Safety Workshops
This month, the Santa Cruz Education Foundation announced a $2,000 grant to the nonprofit Kidpower to provide free safety skills workshops for families at each of the elementary schools in the Santa Cruz City Schools District. Kidpower teaches child protection and personal safety skills to parents and their children to prevent bullying and abuse. These workshops cover topics such as stranger safety, confidence skills, boundary setting skills, positive peer communication, bullying prevention and de-escalation skills to stop a fight before it gets physical.
The Santa Cruz Education Foundation recognized that after the tragic events of this summer, parents sought ways to feel more empowered about their kids safety and to come together as a community to heal. Kidpower’s programs provide a very positive way to turn the fear of what might happen into skills that can help our children every day. The funding will provide support to hold at least one workshop at each elementary school.
However, we need the help of the community to leverage this commitment. With more than 600 kids at some of our elementary schools, one workshop will not cover the needs to our families. Over the past few weeks, Kidpower immediately held many free workshops with parents and their children throughout Santa Cruz County, but even with that response, waiting lists for workshops continued to exceed over 100 families. The Santa Cruz Education Foundation hopes that individuals and businesses will contribute towards this effort in order to ensure that every family at every elementary school in the district has access to these workshops for free. Although there are self defense classes in our local middle schools and high schools, there are currently no safety workshops offered at the elementary school level.
To donate to bring free Kidpower workshops to Santa Cruz City Elementary Schools, please follow this link. 100% of the donations will directly fund additional workshops to meet the surging need and every contribution is tax deductible.
The Education Foundation has a long history of bringing safety training to Santa Cruz City Schools. According to Bill Maxfield, former member of the Santa Cruz Education Foundation, “As a former member of the Santa Cruz Education Foundation board, I’m so proud they’ve made this donation. It’s in the Foundation’s long-standing tradition of supporting safety for kids. Nine years ago, in response to fear in the community following a string of predator-related threats to Mission Hill and Santa Cruz High School students, the Foundation funded and pitched to Santa Cruz City Schools a program that called for a partnership with the City of Santa Cruz and the Commission for the Prevention of Violence Against Women to provide self-defense safety training for all district middle school students. The idea worked and was extended to SCCS high schools. After being incubated by the Ed Foundation for several years, the district picked up funding for the program. Nine years later, thousands of students have been trained and now the commitment has gone to the next level with Kidpower. Bravo!”