KidSafe Foundation Inc

Empowered Children Become Powerful Adults

aka KidSafe Foundation   |   Boca Raton, FL   |  www.kidsafefoundation.org

Mission

Our mission is to teach personal safety to children and their grown-ups to build strong, resilient families and safer communities. We have a vision of a world where all kids are safe from sexual abuse and childhood trauma.

Ruling year info

2010

Chief Executive Officer

Laura Askowitz

Main address

20283 State Road Road 7, Suite 102

Boca Raton, FL 33498 USA

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EIN

27-1067698

NTEE code info

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

Child Abuse, Prevention of (I72)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Child sexual abuse and exploitation are among the most prevalent health concerns facing our children today. Statistics show that one in four girls and one in six boys will report having been sexually abused before the age of 18. The life-long effects of abuse are devastating, and include depression, suicide, alcohol and drug abuse, increased school dropout rate, teen pregnancy, and domestic violence. A single incident affects the victim and their families quite often for a lifetime and reverberates throughout the community, through utilization of resources including law enforcement, judicial system, medical and mental health services, social service agencies, etc. The total lifetime financial costs associated with one year of confirmed cases of child maltreatment is reported at approximately $124 billion. Ninety percent of children lured into sex trafficking have a history of child sexual abuse. Empowering, preventive education is key to reducing this epidemic.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Empower Me KidSafe Programs

Following best practices in education, children ages PreK 4 - 5th grade are taught personal safety skills, using developmentally appropriate curriculum, and incorporating lively 3D animation, role play, books and activities. Through KidSafe programs, children also learn executive-decision-making that will assist them in making smart choices throughout their lives.
Here are some of our programs:
- Stay KidSafe! - Elementary Personal Safety and Trafficking Prevention Education, an online education available throughout Florida and nationwide
- KidSafe for Kids - in-school education designed for four-year-old preschoolers
- Stay KidSafe! onsite - our core education provided in Palm Beach and Broward counties elementary schools, directly on-site or via Zoom.

Population(s) Served

KidSafe is in development of their Sexual Abuse Prevention Training as an online platform. This training is comprehensive, unique, extensive, riveting, educational and a must f or anyone working with children.

Population(s) Served

Online education for camp staff and counselors that helps create a safe, fun camp experience. Educating the staff on their important role as safety vanguards for campers, and giving them tools to gain confidence on working with young children, makes the entire camp experience happier and healthier.

Population(s) Served

Typically one hour workshop for caregivers, guidance counselors and anyone working with children. We educate the adults about KidSafe programs, about dangers children faces today and how we can combat those dangers through the use of KidSafe Skills. We also educate adults on who is mandated reporter, what are the signs and symptoms of a child in need and how to respond to disclosures.
Training can be provided in person and via Zoom.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Accreditations

Mental Health America - Accreditation 2013

Awards

Rising Star Nonprofit 2013

211-Broward and PNC

Extraordianary Charities 2013

Extraordinary Charities of Palm Beach

Extraordianary Charities 2014

Extraordinary Charities of Palm Beach

Finalist Nonprofit Collaboration 2014

211 Broward/PNC Bank Awards

Gold Medal- Our Book "My Body is Special and Belongs To Me! 2011

Children's Literary Classics

Gold Medal- Our Book "Jack Teaches his friends to be KidSafe! 2013

Children's Literary Classics

Gold Star Status 2015

Guide Star

2014 Great Nonprofit 2015

Great Nonprofits

Platinum 2016

Guide Star

Affiliations & memberships

Prevent Child Abuse America - Member 2013

Prevent Child Abuse America - Member 2018

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of children who have the ability to seek help from and respond appropriately to adults

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Empower Me KidSafe Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number of students 4 - 11 participating in the Empower Me KidSafe prevention education programs.

Number of books distributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Families

Related Program

Empower Me KidSafe Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

KidSafe's award winning safety book series in English, Spanish and Creole distributed locally to children and familes at community events and schools.

Number of program graduates

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Empower Me KidSafe Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Children who graduated from KidSafe for Kids, 8 lesson program, provided by KidSafe Instructor in school and via zoom. Each lesson is 30 minutes, total of 4 hours of education per child.

Number of community initiatives in which the organization participates

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Families

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

KidSafe participates in numerous community safety fairs, advocacy committees, back to school events and various conferences on a regular basis. COVID affected this number of course

Percentage of children who can identify their Circle of Safe Adults (trusted adults)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Empower Me KidSafe Programs

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Children are taught in the KidSafe for Kids program to identify 3 trusted adults as well as how to access help from them, called the Circle of Safe Adults.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

KidSafe's mission is to prevent all children from child sexual abuse and childhood trauma through teaching communication and empowering safety skill sets. We also know that we can help stop the cycle of abuse by educating all adults to become the first line of defense in every child's safety. Every child deserves the right to be safe, and to know where to go and how to access help if they feel uncomfortable or confused. With over 42 million adult survivors of child sexual abuse, KidSafe aims to be a resource for all parents to help keep their children safe. Our goal is to educate any child-serving professional and non-professional to be a safe guardian of children and to help children feel safe and confident as they become adults.

KidSafe Foundation has provided onsite safety education to children since 2009. While all children are vulnerable to abuse, income inequalities and gender can make a child more so. Our long-term strategy includes completion of our nationwide program, and providing it easily accessible online, to schools and child-serving organizations. Florida has mandated child-trafficking education, and hopefully many states will follow. Our education fulfills social emotional learning; prevents child abuse, exploitation, and vulnerability to trafficking, and ensures that children are empowered with a voice in their own safety.
Childhood trauma, without resiliency, has a great cost to society. The loss of the productivity of a traumatized individual, the actual costs of physical and behavioral treatment, the enduring cycles of abuse--these all contribute to costs of around $124 billion annually, according to the CDC.
Over the next three years, KidSafe has the goal of being the premier provider of safety education in Florida (reaching 2.9 million students grades K through 5) with our program Stay KidSafe! Florida. Stay KidSafe will also be available via an educational platform throughout the United States. Our current plan is that, by 2023, our education, website resources, educational materials and programming will reach one million children and adults.

KidSafe has grown, steadily, through local supporters and foundations. Now, with Stay KidSafe! and our child-serving professional trainings, as we grow, our funders will be from all areas of the United States, and we will also be able to provide our programming for fee-for-service from our educational platform.
KidSafe's board is growing with strategic recruitment of the skill sets necessary to afford a well-planned growth. Our board is actively recruiting necessary skill sets and backgrounds from all over the United States to ensure that our board is able to oversee the fulfillment of KidSafe's mission. The funding of our strategic plan has a clear outline that includes foundation/grant support, retail sales of programming, events, and new donor outreach.
We are aligning with organizations that deal with other areas essential to children's safety, including legislation and victim's advocacy.

Since 2009, we have educated approximately 100,000 children and adults on prevention and resiliency skills. Over 80% of our onsite children's programming is in Title One schools. has over the last two years reconstructed our programming to be a more modern, easily-accessible education that has nationwide--versus local only--reach. A new CEO, Laura Askowitz, with a business background partnered with Co-Founder Cherie Benjoseph, LCSW, to dramatically increase reach and efficacy while remaining true to a proven safety program with a new curriculum.
Our success story is "invisible"; when children learn KidSafe skills they become a harder target. The best way to stop exploitation and trafficking is to ensure children learn--early--how to use safety skills that make grooming too difficult.

Financials

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Operations

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KidSafe Foundation Inc

Board of directors
as of 9/23/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr Leonard Keilin

Peter Oldbury

Private Client Wealth Mangement, Fifth Third Bank

Nicole Roman

President Roman Consulting

Beth Johnston

Florida Blue

Len Keilin

CEO Keilin Camp Consulting Group

Steve Wechsler

Wechsler Associates

Steve Tainsky

CPA

James Schumakers

Xtreme Landscaping

Chris Ashley

Outfront Media, Inc.

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/21/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data