KIDSAFE FOUNDATION AWARDED $100,000 GRANT FROM IMPACT 100 PALM BEACH COUNTY

BOCA RATON, FL – May 10, 2017 – Members of Impact 100 Palm Beach County have voted to award KidSafe Foundation $100,000 for their “It’s Elementary! Keeping Students and Educators KidSafe Smart” project. At the 6th Annual Grand Awards celebration held on April 6th, hundreds of members listened to ten finalists and awarded five $100,000 grants that evening. KidSafe Foundation received the award for the focus area of education. The $100,000 grant will enable KidSafe to provide prevention education programs to fifteen South Palm Beach County Elementary Schools. This project includes an eight-week prevention education curriculum to fifteen hundred kindergarten and second grade students, three-thousand award winning safety books and materials to parents, and one thousand educators will be able to participate in KidSafe’s newly developed online training for sexual abuse prevention.

KidSafe Foundation is honored to receive such a prestigious and generous grant from Impact 100 Palm Beach County,” said Sally Berenzweig, MEd, MA Cofounder & Executive Director of KidSafe Foundation. “The impact of this grant will change the lives for the better for thousands of children in South Palm Beach County.”

Educators are often among the first adults to recognize signs of abuse and we want to be able to respond to students to ensure all of their needs are met. The KidSafe program will provide additional awareness for our teachers to stop the exploitation of children and empower students to protect themselves from unsafe situations.  We appreciate this generous gift and the valuable training teachers and students are going to receive.” said Dr. Robert Avossa, Superintendent for Palm Beach County School District

 

“It is always our mission to provide funding to programs that positively impact our community,” said Kathy Adkins, Impact 100 Palm Beach County board member. “We are delighted that we could provide KidSafe Foundation the funding they needed to bring more educational programs to our schools to keep our children safe.”

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About KidSafe Foundation

KidSafe Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to protect children by preventing  child  sexual  abuse,  bullying  and  internet  exploitation  through  comprehensive education for children, parents, and professionals. For more information on KidSafe Foundation, visit http://kidsafefoundation.org.

 

About Impact 100 Palm Beach County

Impact_100_logox250According to Karen Sweetapple, Co-President of Impact 100 Palm Beach County, the organization to date has granted over $2.2 Million to non-profit projects over the past six years.

She noted that in 2017, over 60 non-profit organizations serving southern Palm Beach County applied for these grants. Impact 100 Palm Beach County is a women’s charitable organization with over 500 members committed to strengthening our community through the collective resources of its members, by awarding high-impact grants in five focus areas: arts and culture, education, environment, family and health and wellness. By donating $1,000, members of Impact 100 Palm Beach County vote to fund programs of local non-profit organizations, incorporating its philosophy of “efficient philanthropy” and its mission statement of one woman, one meeting, one vote.  For more information www.impact100pbc.com

 

About the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties

cfThe Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties is one of Florida’s largest community foundations. The nonprofit organization has invested nearly $129 million in grants and scholarships over its 44-year history. At its core, the Community Foundation is an organization created with gifts from generous people committed to local causes. For donors, the Foundation serves as a philanthropic advisor. For the community, the Foundation serves as a grant maker and a civic leader. Through the support of its donors and fund holders, the Foundation has been able to address some of the community’s most pressing needs, including hunger, housing and education. For more information, visit www.yourcommunityfoundation.org.

 

Contact: Sally Berenzweig

Phone:    561-715-1077

Testimonials

"Thank you for giving us the opportunity to be included in the KidSafe program. I highly recommend this program to other schools. We hope that we will be given the same opportunity for our Kindergarten and 2nd grade students to be a part of this wonderful program during the 2016-2017 school year."

Mrs. Keelyn Meselsohn 2nd Grade Teacher/Team Leader Tradewinds Elementary School

"The Safe and Smart Series Book My Body Is Special and Belongs To Me is kept in my middle school clinic and has been a tool that has opened many conversations for me between students that have experienced a difficult situation and were unable to talk about it. Through the illustrations and nonjudgmental verbiage the author has allowed kids permission to share their feelings about invasion of their personal space. Thank you so much."

Nurse Connie, PBC School Nurse 6.8.2016

"I'm so grateful that KidSafe has partnered with my daughter's school.  I learned so much in the parent training--how to recognize potential sexual predator behavior; how to quiz my child about what they would do in different scenarios; and how to explain safe and unsafe touch.  In addition, knowing that my daughter is receiving weekly trainings on these topics gives me great peace of mind.  I have confidence that I can reinforce what she is learning in school in order to prevent her from ever being a victim of such a heinous crime.  Thank you KidSafe for your dedication to protecting our communities' most vulnerable citizens."

Christina Kranick

“It was a normal Saturday and I was at the rink with my 7 and 8 year old. My son asked me if he could use the Men’s Restroom by himself.  Without hesitation, my daughter said,  Absolutely not! I was in KidSafe today and you cannot go to the restroom alone.  It is very important that Mommy is with you.. with us.   I was so proud of my little girl!  We are so blessed to have Debbie Miller at our school teaching our children the importance of safety. Many thanks to you all!  Your program and instruction is absolutely amazing.  Keep up the great work!"  

Tara Henley Admissions Assistant, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and School, Ft. Lauderdale

I am a parent of two Pine Crest children and I attended your program on Monday night. I just wanted to thank you so very much for the very informative seminar. As hard as it was to hear all of those things, it was very needed. We were thrilled that you were able to come and share that very important information with us and our children. So again...thank you.

Elisa Aronberg

Today’s training was awesome! It was very informative. Sally was a very good resource, she motivated us a lot! We want to pass on this information to parents, teachers and students! Thank you for offering workshops like this. These are tools we use to continue serving our children and families.

Participant from Children’s Services Council of Broward Seminar

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