radKIDS Chosen for 2006 Massachusetts Catalogue for Philanthropy
(South Dennis, MA) The radKIDS Personal Empowerment Safety Education Program for children has been selected as a 2006 Massachusetts Catalogue for Philanthropy charity and is included in the Special 10th Anniversary edition of the catalogue. Chosen from an applicant pool of over 250 Massachusetts' organizations, radKIDS is recognized as an "example of excellence" in Massachusetts philanthropy. "radKIDS was chosen in rigorous competition by professional grant makers, private donors, fundraisers and executive directors of charities. Charities are selected for general excellence, cost-effectiveness, and teaching value about philanthropy," according to George McCully, President of the Catalogue.
"We are honored to have been selected for inclusion in the Catalogue for Philanthropy. With at least one registered sex offender for every square mile in our country, every child without safety education is a possible target for violence and or harm." says Stephen M. Daley, children's safety expert and executive director of radKIDS. "We have to give our children the necessary tools and information so that they have a better chance to escape when targeted by predators and we can."
Founded in 1998, South Dennis-based radKIDS recruits and trains concerned community members (educators, police officers, parents, etc.) to become radKIDS instructors by completing an intensive 30 hours of training in its Personal Empowerment Safety Education Program. Designed for children preschool through 12 years of age, the radKIDS curriculum uses accelerated learning theory and realistic physical resistance skills to train young people to effectively escape violence and avoid harm. Course content covers virtually all aspects of personal safety including: bullying prevention, school safety, home safety, "out and about" safety, Internet safety, fire safety, bicycle safety, "good, bad and uncomfortable touch," sexual assault prevention, stranger danger, and physical resistance to violence skills. radKIDS is family-focused. Parents are encouraged to participate. Since its founding, radKIDS has trained over 2,200 instructors to deliver the radKIDS program to children in a variety of venues including schools, YMCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, churches, recreational centers, and community police departments in 45 states and Canada. To date, radKIDS has provided safety education to well over 100,000 children. Donations have a powerful impact: $425 covers an instructor's scholarship, while a gift of $9,995 provides training for hundreds of children.
"The Catalogue is designed as a showcase for Massachusetts philanthropy and a one-stop shop for a family's charitable giving and because the Catalogue is sponsored and paid-for by its philanthropic sponsors, 100% of every donation goes to the designated charities," McCully said.