KidSafe Receives Grant From Community Foundation

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KidSafe Foundation Receives $6,615 Grant from Community Foundation

BOCA RATON, FL (July 30, 2013) — KidSafe Foundation is pleased to announce it was awarded a $6,615.00 grant from the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties. KidSafe Foundation will use the grant to enhance their instructor training program.  The funds will support their efforts to refine the entire KidSafe teacher training program including updating the teacher training manual, developing and training ten educators to teach the KidSafe program and enhancing all testing procedures. Since 2009 KidSafe Foundation has educated over 35,000 children throughout South Florida to prevent child abuse, bullying and internet dangers.

 

“We are beyond grateful to the Community Foundation and their donor for providing us with this grant, “comments Sally Berenzweig, KidSafe Foundation Co-Founder. “This award will assist us in our unwavering efforts to provide highly qualified, trained instructors to educate our children and prevent child abuse, bullying and internet dangers.”

 

The Community Foundation, together with our donor, is pleased to support the KidSafe Foundation and their program to educate our youth,” comments Daryl Houston, Community Investment Officer.  “Our donor’s charitable wishes are to support programs and organizations that address concerns related to abused and neglected children.  KidSafe’s instructor training program was the perfect match that allowed us to connect our donor to a cause that is meaningful to them.”

 

“Sadly, one in four girls and one in six boys are sexually assaulted by the time they’re 18 years old. KidSafe believes that 95% of child abuse and exploitation is preventable through education,” comments Cherie Benjoseph, KidSafe Foundation Co-Founder. “That statistic alone exemplifies why it is important for KidSafe to provide safety education programs to children and adults in Palm Beach and Martin Counties.  We thank the Community Foundation for helping keep our kids safe.”

 

 

About the KidSafe Foundation

KidSafe is a 501c3 nonprofit founded in 2009 by Sally Berenzweig MEd, MA and Cherie Benjoseph LCSW – Child Safety Experts, Mental Health Professionals, Educators, Authors, Public Speakers and Moms on a mission to keep all children safe from child abuse, bullying and internet dangers.  In 2012 KidSafe brought education programs to over 5,000 adults and 2,500 children received the full 8 week KidSafe for Kids program.

 

About the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties

As one of Florida’s largest community foundations, the Community Foundation works for Palm Beach and Martin Counties in multiple ways, playing multiple roles.  For donors, the Foundation offers an effective way to manage giving by providing expert philanthropic advice rooted in a deep knowledge of our community and an array of philanthropic vehicles and services. For the community, the Foundation serves as a grant maker and a civic leader and awards grants to the region’s nonprofits to help meet community needs, fulfill donors’ philanthropic wishes and strengthen the nonprofit sector. Using local knowledge, networks, influence and creativity, the Foundation brings people together to improve the community’s quality of life now and in the future.  Founded in 1972, the Foundation has total assets of more than $140 million and has awarded over $94 million in grants and scholarships in Palm Beach and Martin Counties. For more information, visit www.yourcommunityfoundation.org.

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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